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Truck Tips: 5 Things to Know Before You Tow

Champaign, Illinois Truck Tips: 5 Things to Know Before You Tow

Adding a tow truck (or two) to your fleet is a good way to earn a little extra money and to diversify your Champaign, Illinois business. After all, there’s always going to be a car in a ditch or a vehicle that needs transported to the mechanic’s garage for work. You can even help a customer by delivering that new RV, ATV, or suite of furniture. However, operating a tow truck is a little different than simply making deliveries. To make sure that you and the vehicle or trailer you’re towing stay safe on the road, it’s important to keep the following in mind…

  1. How much weight your vehicle is rated for.roadside assistance champaign illinois

Whether you’re driving a light pickup truck or a heavy duty truck, the manufacturer’s plate or stamp on the door or the information in your owner’s manual will tell you how much weight the truck is designed to safely tow. Most experts recommend towing no more than 75 percent this number.

The second part of this equation is to know how much the vehicle you’re towing weighs. This can also be found in the plate or stamp inside the door. If you’re towing a load on a trailer, make sure to add the weight of the trailer to your calculation.

  1. Your lights are in working order.

If you’re towing a trailer, you’ll want to make sure that the lights on the trailer are working, both for stopping and for turns.

  1. Your cross chains are attached correctly.

With trailers, the cross chains are the safety net should the trailer come unattached from the hitch. This keeps your trailer from getting loose from the truck.

  1. Your load is evenly distributed.tow services near champaign illinois

If you are towing a load in a trailer, it’s important that the load is evenly distributed on your trailer and no able to move during transit. A shifting load can cause you to swerve or veer off of the road.

  1. That the set up has passed your inspection.

Lastly, you’ll want to do a final inspection of the truck and your towed vehicle or trailer before you hit the road. Double check the hitch connection, the load, the lights, and the cross chains. It’s much easier to correct any mistakes or oversights before you start driving.

Good towing safety is really just a matter of using common sense. Make sure that your truck is rated for the weight of your load, make sure that all of your lights and safety gear are operational and that everything is safely connected.

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