To guarantee that you get at your destination safely, it is essential to make sure that you and everyone around you are safe when driving or being towed. With the aid of these suggestions, you can make sure that travelling is a breeze for you.
Before heading off, include these steps in your next safety check:
- Ensure what your towing is registered and in a roadworthy condition
- Distribute the weight correctly
- Do not exceed the rated capacity of the towbar or the tow coupling.
- Ensure any towing accessories or modifications are correctly installed
- Ensure any accessories you carry are positioned correctly and secure.
Why is this important?
ENSURING WHAT YOUR TOWING IS REGISTERED AND IN A ROADWORTHY CONDITION:
Before you get on the road, check your registration online to make sure you are registered and that whatever you are towing is registered and in a condition to drive on Australian roads. This will lessen the possibility of receiving any fines while driving. You should routinely check your coupling and safety chains, brake lights and any other outside lighting, wheels, bearings, tyre pressure, tyre condition, and suspension to make sure your caravan is roadworthy. You should also confirm that all of the tyres have the same construction. (You can check the requirements online with your local government.)
DISTRIBUTING THE WEIGHT CORRECTLY:
Make sure the load distribution between the caravan or trailer and the towing vehicle is optimal while packing for your next road trip. To protect the safety of you and others around you while towing, it is essential to make sure that everything placed within the car and your towing component is properly balanced, front to back and side to side.
DO NOT EXCEED THE RATED CAPACITY OF THE TOWBAR, OR THE TOWING VEHICLE, OR THE TOW COUPLING:
A critical step in maintaining your safety is to make sure you do not exceed the rated capacity of the towbar, towing vehicle (GCM), or the towing coupler. This includes whatever extras you may have installed to your car or trailer or that it may be carrying outdoors. It is important to check your owners handbook manual to ensure you are not exceeding the limit before hitting the road.
ENSURE ANY TOWING ACCESSORIES OR MODIFICATIONS ARE CORRECTLY INSTALLED:
If you have any towing or vehicle attachments, it’s crucial to confirm that they have all been professionally fitted. ensuring that they are secure and appropriate for the trailer or caravan when being hauled. This will ensure you are not leaving any cautions for others or yourself on the road.
ENSURING ANY ACCESSORIES YOU CARRY ARE POSITIONED CORRECTLY AND SECURE:
Before you leave, double-check that any outdoor accessories or attachments, such as jerry cans, storage boxes, awnings, gas cylinders, and the jockey wheel, are properly secured. You do not want any outdoor accessories falling off whilst travelling and hitting other cars, or leaving cautions on the road for others.