Trailer Hitch Do’s and Don’ts to Prevent Accident
Hitching Failure Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documented over 50,000 accidents caused by the improper use of a trailer hitch just in one year. Many of these accidents were preventable and caused by human error.
Towing a trailer requires two things: being knowledgeable and equipped for safety. If you can’t answer the following questions, then you might need to read the NHTSA’s step by step towing guide.
- How does the size/weight of a trailer effect which towing vehicle I should choose?
- Are there proper loading and weight distribution procedures that I should follow?
- Why are the trailer manufacturers’ tow ratings important?
- How do I calculate the weight of a trailer?
- How do the hitching, braking, and wiring systems that connect a vehicle to a trailer function?
- Does my state or local government have specific requirements for towing a trailer?
Knowing the answer to each of the questions above ensures that you understand the proper procedures for hitching a trailer.
Steps for Hitching a Trailer Correctly
Although the purpose of this article is to provide basic information about the hitching process, your owner’s manual or manufacturer guide should be the first ‘go to’ documents from which you seek towing info. Believe it or not, some vehicle manufacturers even provide specially designed towing packages. This allows owners to attach and tow a trailer much more easily.
We here at Orlando Auto Body care about your safety. We want to make sure that you know the proper steps to hitching a trailer so that you can avoid an accident. If you’re ever in a collision, we can also provide towing service if your car is not drivable. Simply call us at (480) 485-4653.
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