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Safe and Secure Towing By Declan Ellis

  in Automotive | Published 2017-06-27 03:02:38 | 204 Reads | Unrated

Summary

Summer is now in full swing people will be thinking seriously about attending classic car shows and maybe taking classic cars to present at shows themselves.

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With summer in full swing, many people will be thinking about getting out their enclosed car trailer and heading to a classic car show, a car race or a motorbike rally. Before you use a covered car trailer, though, you should check carefully to ensure that you are towing safely and legally -  the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recently launched a new campaign to highlight the importance of trailer safety, the main details of which are outlined below:

Before Towing

Safe towing should begin well before

/trailer/velocity-enclosed-car-trailer/">enclosed car trailers are taken onto the road, and it is important that the following checks are made:

Tow Ball and Connections – Ensure that the trailer is correctly coupled to the two ball or pin (follow the manufacturers advice), the coupling height is correct and the 7 or 13 core cable and plug isn’t damaged.

Breakaway cable – When towing enclosed vehicle trailers, use a breakaway cable or secondary coupling, which will engage the trailer’s brakes (if fitted) or stops the trailer if it becomes detached from the car. Before undertaking a journey, you should always check that the cable isn’t worn or damaged, that there is enough slack in the cable so that it doesn’t accidentally apply the brakes, and that the cable won’t drag on the ground when you’re driving. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s advice to make sure it is connected correctly.

Wheels and tyres – The wheels and tyres on both the enclosed car trailer and the towing vehicle should be thoroughly checked for cuts and bulges, and it must be confirmed that they are inflated to the manufacturer’s specification for the load being carried. Each tyre should have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire circumference of the tyre. Also ensure that the wheel nuts and bolts are tightened to the correct torque and the mudguards are securely fitted to the Covered Car Trailer.

Lights and indicators – Ensure that both your vehicle and the trailer have fully working lights.

Load and weight limit – Enclosed car trailers should not be overloaded, loads should be distributed evenly and should be secure. For enclosed vehicle trailers with no braking system, the loaded trailer must not weigh over 750kg, should not weigh more than 50% of your car’s unladen weight and, if built after 1st January 1997, must be fitted with a secondary coupling to provide some residual steering in the case of a detachment and prevent the drawbar from contacting the ground.

When you’re driving

When towing an enclosed car trailer, you should never exceed the speed limit for the type of road. If the covered car trailer starts to snake or swerve, ease off the accelerator and reduce your speed gently. It’s a sign that you are either going too fast or the trailer is incorrectly loaded. Never brake harshly on a bend, as it makes the enclosed car trailers unstable, and reduce your speed in plenty of time when approaching any hazard.

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