Determine The Trailer Towing Regulations
When you take a road trip in United States, you may have to cross multiple states for completing your journey. Each state has its own roadway rules. Thus, when it comes to sending your cars to and from the manufacturers you should maintain these laws appropriately.
For example, if you cross over from Mississippi to Alabama, you could suddenly be exceeding the maximum towing speed, which falls around 10 mph. Considering your trailer too wide, as maximum width narrows by six inches and you could suddenly need trailer brakes, because the weight limit falls 1000 pounds as you cross to another state.
Obviously, the laws for towing trailers can get confusing, so you need to maintain some bare necessities before you hit the road. No matter where you are in U.S., you’ll have to make sure that the trailer you’re towing is equipped with:
- License plate light : Make sure that the license plate is visible clearly with its own light.
- Taillights : The trailer needs operable taillights for basic road safety.
- Brake lights : It’s common sense to know that your trailer is not a transparent vehicle. The people behind you are already having enough trouble seeing around the trailer for stops ahead. So it is crucial that the trailer has brake lights to prevent a rear-end collision.
- Safety chains : These chains, that cross over in the shape of an X to connect the trailer to the towing vehicle, help prevent separation if the hitch connection fails.
- Clearance lights : This is required only if your trailer exceeds a certain width.
- Turn signals : It’s good to have separate turn signal lights on a trailer to let others understand that you’re turning.
- Reflectors : These are an invaluable precaution to keep your large trailer visible.
These were some general safety norms which you must have in a trailer.
Let’s take a look into some extra safety equipment that some states require:
- Breakaway brakes : Like the safety chains, these prevent accidents when your hitch fails. These are actually power brakes that apply to the trailer upon separation from the tow vehicle.
- Flares : Flares help you to clear off a section of the road after an accident.
Caring for brakes
Be careful at high speeds. Braking takes a lot more space when you are towing a heavy trailer. This is why all states have a maximum towing speed, which may be lower than the posted speed limit. Improper braking is one of the biggest mistakes to make while towing. The more weight you are pulling, the more momentum you have, and the longer distance it will take to stop.
So, from now always check for these safety measures before you leave for the bon voyage.