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The Risks Associated with Towing by Yourself

When you decide to tow on your own, you should remember that it’s not an easy task. The acceleration, brake, and inertia of the vehicle are different from those of a regular vehicle you’re driving. You’re carrying a heavier load, so it needs skills and experience to drive them safely to your destination. Those are the reason why professionals of towing Fort Myers should have certificates, license and insurance before they can tow a vehicle or any loads.  

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If you’re up for the challenge and to also add on your experience, just remember the following risks associated with towing on your own.  

Braking 

When you tow a heavy load, the vehicle has more momentum and inertia. It means that the brakes will have to work harder to stop the vehicle. There are trailers that are has their own brakes so you can bring them to a stop easily. Using this brake system alongside your vehicle’s brakes will bring less wear and tear to your vehicles. Whether the trailer has its own braking system or not; you will need a lot of space to bring the vehicle into stop. When you slow or stop, make sure you have enough space.  

Tire Pressure and Blowouts 

It’s not really a good scene where you’re in a trip carrying heavy loads and then your tire blows out. You’re towing and you will call the service of a towing company because you are stuck up and there’s no other way out. So before you drive, check the tires first. Whether you’re towing or not, this is a basic task that you should do. Read the manual and check the tire pressure of the trailer or truck so you would know if the pressure is just about right. Every tire has the potential to blow out so you should do some preventive maintenance check to avoid a major accident.  

Vehicle Not Rated for Towing 

Not all vehicles are used for towing or carrying a heavy load. There are trailer hitches that can fit SUVs, cars and trucks but it’s not a good idea to always rely on these vehicles. If they are not rated for towing, don’t take the risk. It will only cause you serious damage and possibly injuries if the vehicle cannot take the entire load you want it to carry. The vehicle’s brake system, suspension, transmission and engine might not be able to handle it all.  

Unbalanced Loads 

Another cause of a road accident when it comes to towing is the balancing of the load. So before you go, make sure that the load you’re towing is balanced properly. To reduce trailer fishtailing and sway, place the heavy objects on the front. Do not overload the rear because it might damage the trailer. On the both sides of the trailer, make sure that the load is evenly distributed.  

Damaging a Towed Car 

If you’re towing another car, use a tow trailer that can carry the vehicle on its four wheels, or use a tow dolly to carry lift the vehicle on its front wheels leaving the rear wheels touching the road.