Although it is often overlooked, you should inspect the condition of your tow bar periodically, especially if you frequently haul caravans, trailers or other heavy loads.
To tow a trailer that is roadworthy we recommend several safety checks:
- Check tyres by looking for cracks or bulges on the sidewalls. Check for minimum tread depth, flat spots, uneven wear, and objects caught in the tread.
- Be even more cautious inspecting the small tyres on light-duty trailers.
- Check trailer brake and light connections.
- Be sure the lights on your trailer work - Have another person stand behind the vehicle to check the brake lights and turn signals for proper operation.
- Check to ensure the tow coupling and brake mechanisms are well lubricated.
- Jack the trailer up and spin the wheels, listening for rumbling noises which indicate worn wheel bearings.
- Ensure that tyres are inflated to the manufacturer's recommended level.
- Check that wheel-bearings, suspension and brakes are in good working condition.
- Check oil, water, brake fluid, battery.
- Tow bars and tow couplings - Ensure the coupling socket and ball are matching size.
- Coupling must be securely fastened and latched or screwed down when the trailer is connected to the towing vehicle.
- Safety chains must be properly connected with attachments capable of withstanding the specified breaking load of each chain.
- Trailer brakes
- Red rear reflectors
- Rear number plate & number plate lamp visible / not obscured
- Direction indicators
- Temporary lights
- Ensure all doors, hatches, covers and any load or equipment are properly secured.
Visit a Lombard Tyres fitment center today to fit your tow or bull bar.