LEXINGTON, NC--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2012) - Chicago Tribune has run an article detailing several towing safety tips. Although towing is, for some people, a common activity, there are several basic safety precautions that should be taken whenever towing a trailer, regardless of if it is full or empty. Kaufman Trailers, a leading trailer manufacturing and sales company, agrees that towing safety is of the utmost importance.
According to the article, a crucial thing to remember is that when towing a trailer the vehicle is both longer and heavier than normal. While this may seem obvious, it is something for which drivers may fail to account. Without the proper precautions, and an understanding of how towing a trailer will differ from regular driving, the quite simple act of towing can become extremely dangerous.
Before even putting the key into the ignition, the article encourages drivers to have all vehicle maintenance up to date. Mirrors, lights, fluids, tires, oil, etc. should be checked. Additionally, the hitch should be examined to ensure that the trailer and vehicle are properly and securely attached.
Additionally, the article recommends balancing the load on the trailer, installing mirror extensions, calling upon the assistance of a spotter to reverse, and never pushing through fatigue.
The professionals at Kaufman Trailers believe that all of these tips are important. Without proper safety, towing would certainly become a hazardous activity -- one that can affect both the vehicle pulling the trailer and the other automobiles on the road. For that reason, it is crucial that drivers pay close attention to how their vehicle is responding to the trailer.
Kaufman Trailers, in a recent press statement, asserts: "Allowing extra time and space when braking is one of the most important tips when it comes to safety while towing a trailer. It is important for individuals to remember that even if their trailer is equipped with brakes, unless they are surge brakes, they must also have a brake controller in their tow vehicle in order for the trailer brakes to properly function. The brake controller in the tow vehicle allows you to adjust the braking power of the trailer being towed based on whether or not the trailer is loaded or empty. This feature is key when towing a trailer, especially in areas that require sudden stops or mountainous terrain."
Kaufman Trailers hopes that drivers practice safety when towing any load, no matter how light or heavy.
Kaufman Trailers has become the industry leader since its foundation in 1987. The company manufactures and sells gooseneck, utility, flatbed, equipment, dump, and car trailer models. Kaufman Trailers adheres to strict internal quality standards and holds NATM certification, ensuring durable towing and vehicle addition products. Dedicated to providing competitive pricing and a diverse product catalogue, Kaufman Trailers is committed to the highest degree of customer satisfaction and delivers to any location.
To learn more, visit www.kaufmantrailers.com.