|Trailer & Towing Safety|
|By The Editors of RenTrain
Trailer towing has the dubious distinction of being the number one loss-liability incident in the equipment rental industry. It has occupied that position practically since the first equipment rental dealers rented the first trailer. Although some equipment rental dealers have decided that the risks of trailer renting are not worth the benefits, the rental industry still offers consumers and contractors a long list of trailers from which to choose.
Proper loading is essential to safe towing. OVERLOADING can cause serious injury or equipment damage. DO NOT OVERLOAD your rented trailer.
Follow these steps to make sure your trailer is properly loaded:
UNCONTROLLED TILTING OF TRAILER AND INCORRECT TONGUE WEIGHT can result in personal injury, equipment damage, fishtailing and loss of control of towing vehicle. Follow these precautions to avoid accidents, injury and equipment damage:
Safety chains are required on all trailers, but if safety chains are hooked up improperly, they are useless. A common mistake when towing a rented trailer is failure to cross safety chains. ALWAYS CROSS SAFETY CHAINS WHEN HOOKING UP YOUR RENTED TRAILER
INCORRRECT SIZE OR RATING OF HITCH can cause trailer to break loose from towing vehicle.
WHEELS MUST BE CHOCKED when trailer is uncoupled from vehicle
UNEXPECTED TILTING OF TRAILER can cause injury and damage.
INCORRECTLY WORKING LIGHTS can cause accidents.
INCORRECT TORQUE on lug nuts or INCORRECT TIRE PRESSURE or BEARING MAINTENANCE can cause loss of control resulting in serious injury and equipment damage.
If youre renting a trailer with surge-type breaks, additional safety precautions are necessary. INOPERATIVE SURGE-TYPE BRAKES OR WRONG BREAKAWAY CABLE CONNECTION can cause accidents.
LOOSE OR INCORRECT HARDWARE AND FASTENERS can cause injury and damage.
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