towing mistakes to avoid

Using a Tow Truck Properly

Contrary to what it may seem, towing is not about simply hooking a car or trailer. We have seen enough “Kings of the Road,” and we think it’s about time to clear some things up.

Since we are talking nationally, we first need to take state laws and regulations into account. Before even starting, check the rules, and be sure that you are using the techniques specified there.

After all, safety always comes first, and this should be emphasized even more when towing vehicles. This is a hazardous thing to complete safely, and the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) warns people to be extra cautious, and according to them, almost 400 fatal accidents occurred in 2012 due to unattached vehicles and trailers.

Let’s examine a few possible cases where you might want to look into what you are doing, step back and think if it’s the right thing to do.

  • Is the total length too great after hooking?

There are exact rules in each state for the length of the truck and the hooked trailer or vehicle because it is unsafe to take long trips and lumber down the highway with such a big size.

There are certain differences in the regulations in each state, but they generally follow the same ideas and guidelines. Your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles will be able to give you the specifications you need to know because, for instance – the limit in California is 65 ft, and the one in Nevada is 70 ft.

Towing companies suggest using your better judgement and common sense before departing on an interstate trip. You will have to make sure that the length of your entire vehicle does not exceed any of the states that you are passing through.

  •  Is the vehicle excessively wide?

Length is not the only size that matters. If the trailer you have hooked is too wide, it may impede the visibility of other drivers and potentially cause danger for the rest of the traffic on the highway. The situation is basically the same – check the regulations for vehicle width according to your state and the ones that you will be crossing. The general rule in most states is determined to be 8 ft, 6 inches.

  •  Don’t go too fast

This will not simply get you in trouble with the law if you get caught. Speeding while towing is one of the most dangerous things you can do on the highway, so accept your excessive size and drive accordingly.

New York and California have determined a 55mph limit for towing any type of vehicle, as have many other states.

There are ten common mistakes people make while towing. To avoid serious damages, read this post in order to be prepared.

  • Is the weight balanced?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that hazardous situations while towing cargo can occur if its weight is not evenly distributed. You should take the following steps to make sure that this will not be a risk you take:

  • The weight should be balanced from side to side
  • Use the length of the trailer to distribute cargo

  • Strap and brace every item to prevent any movement

If you are not so sure about this – be sure you consult with a pro! If you are located in Union City, CA and need towing, be sure to give A-9 Towing Union City a call! We would love to help you whatever you need, especially when it comes to roadside assistance and recovery. Our team awaits your call 24/7 at (510) 279-8652!


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