Towing Safety: 3 Tips For Handling a Truck’s Trailer

Driving a truck is dangerous in itself, but towing a heavy trailer can amplify those dangers significantly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that there are over 50,000 accidents every year due to towing.

Due to the dangerous aspects of truck driving and towing, it’s essential to focus on safety at all times. When you’re behind the wheel, whether you’re driving down the road or across the country, you need to make sure that the trailer you’re towing remains secure throughout the entirety of the trip.

Here are some excellent tips for safely driving a truck while towing a heavy trailer:

 

    • Check everything beforehand — From inspecting your truck and trailer’s tire pressure to taking a look at the trailer brake wiring, you should thoroughly inspect every inch of your truck or trailer before getting behind the wheel. Check the safety chains, lights, license plate, hitch, wiring, and everything else. If the brake controller wiring has become jeopardized, you need to address it right away and have quality trailer brake wiring put in — don’t just neglect even the smallest issue because that could end up putting everyone on the road in danger.

 

    • Don’t exceed the towing limit — Check your truck’s owner’s manual and go over all the information about towing to ensure that you’re not putting yourself and everyone else at risk as you tow heavy loads. Find out how much weight your truck can successfully haul. Although larger trucks and SUVs can tow considerably more weight nowadays, you should still check the manual in order to not overload your truck.

 

    • Take wider turns — Since your vehicle is nearly double its length with a trailer attached, you will need to take much wider turns. Wide turns will help you avoid hitting curbs, other vehicles, or losing control of the trailer.

Don’t put yourself and other drivers in danger because you are unaware of how to properly and safely drive a truck with a trailer attached. If you want to learn more about safely towing a trailer or trailer brake wiring and sway control hitches, give Hayes Towing Electronics a call today!

 

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Safe Towing: Understanding Your Trailer’s Brake Controller Wiring

When it comes to driving a truck with a trailer attached, you need to drive even more carefully than normal. You can’t just attach a trailer to your truck’s towing hitch and start driving across the country — you need to make sure that you’re ready to safely tow any sized freight behind your truck.

For instance, weight distribution systems are recommended if your trailer’s weight is more than 50% of your vehicle’s weight. Preventing and correcting sway is a must for any truck driver towing a trailer, but so is having functioning braking systems on both vehicles.

Trailer brake controller wiring must be secure and connected correctly in order to ensure safe towing out on the roads. Here is everything you need to know about handling and installing electric brake controllers for trailers:

    • Understanding the controller wires — There are numerous wires involved with a trailer’s brake controller. Some of the wires need to be connected individually, and a few others lead to the electronic adapter, which plugs into the trailer connector, allowing for basic writing functions without the hassle of cutting or splicing into your truck’s system. The three basic wiring functions for the connection involve tail lights, turn signals, and stop lights. One wire runs directly into the truck’s battery in order to supply power to the trailer connector, one runs to the brake controller to actually supply the braking power, one gets grounded to the truck’s frame, and another hardwires to the truck’s reverse lights.

 

    • Utilize a wiring kit — Since brake controller wiring can be quite complicated, especially if you have little-to-know experience with towing a trailer or connecting the hitch to the tow, it’s essential that you are using trailer wiring kit. In many cases, since the wiring connected directly to the truck’s battery, you’ll need to find a wiring kit that is specific to your vehicle’s make and model. Unfortunately, there is not a one-size-fits-all kit and using the wrong one could damage your truck and jeopardize your tow.

If you want to learn more about brake controller wiring or find high-quality trailer switch control hitches to safely tow any trailer any distance — give Hayes Towing Electronics a call today!

Towing Safety: 5 FAQs About Towing RVs and Trailers

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) reports that there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts, including RV renters, across the United States. These recreational vehicles are great for long road trips, camping, and just for enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, towing these vehicles isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that there are over 50,000 accidents every year related to towing. In order to prevent these roadway incidents and keep you, your family, and your RV safe, it’s essential that you drive very carefully whenever you’re towing another vehicle or trailer.

Here are some frequently asked questions about towing that should hopefully help with your next road trip:

 

    • Are their different kinds of recreational vehicles? — Yes, there are two main categories of RVs: motorhomes, which are motorized themselves, and towables, which must be towed by a car, van, or pickup truck.

 

    • What are the main dangers involved with towing RVs and trailers? — Though driving any vehicle on the U.S. roadways can be dangerous, towing large vehicles or trailers certainly increases the risk of danger. The two main problems that occur when towing involve swaying issues and trouble braking. If you lose control even a little bit while you’re towing, the trailer or RV can begin swaying and cause serious problems. Conversely, if your vehicle’s brakes aren’t properly functioning or you are braking too soon or too late, the trailer or RV being towed could smash into the back of your vehicle.

 

    • How can I prevent brake problems when towing? — First, you should make sure that your vehicle’s brakes are high-quality and working correctly. Next, in order to give yourself the best chance at avoiding braking issues, you should equip your vehicle with a single axle trailer brake control. There are electronic brake controllers that work great for safe towing and safe driving. Make sure you work with a professional when acquiring and installing a single axle trailer brake controller.

 

    • Can weight distribution systems help with towing? — Yes, they can actually help a lot. If you’re only towing a small trailer that weighs much less than half of your towing vehicle’s weight, you likely won’t need a weight distribution system, though it couldn’t hurt. Weight distribution systems are recommended if your trailer weight is more than 50% of your vehicle’s weight, however.

 

    • How can I prevent trailer sway? — There are two main types of trailer sway devices that work great for combating this dangerous problem. Trailer sway devices can reduce sway once it has started and other devices can prevent sway from occurring altogether.

 

If you want to learn more about towing RVs, motorhomes, trailers, or any other vehicle, as well as find high quality single axle trailer brake controllers, give Hayes Towing Electronics a call right away. Stay safe out there!

Towing Vehicle Safety: 3 Aspects to Focus On

We all know about the dangers associated with driving. Virtually everyone knows someone who has been injured, or worse, in a car crash. Distracted drivers, inexperienced drivers, drunk drivers, and plain accidents can cause catastrophic damage and deadly consequences. One specific type of vehicle is perhaps one of the most dangerous out there: towing vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 50,000 roadway accidents every year that can be attributed to towing. Whether it’s another vehicle, a trailer, a boat, or something else entirely, this common practice does carry certain risks.

From using tandem axle trailer brake controls and taking care of your stranded friend to simply driving better, this information is essential for operating any towing vehicle.

Trailer Sway

Trailer sway is real and one of the main factors contributing to towing accidents across the country. There are two ways of dealing with this roadway issue: controlling trailer sway and correcting trailer sway. Trailer sway devices can achieve both, and thus save lives out on the roads. These sway devices come in two basic types: devices that reduce sway once it has begun (correcting) and devices that work to prevent sway altogether (controlling). If you aren’t focusing on keeping your trailer or whatever you’re towing level and secure, you’re jeopardizing the safety of everyone on the road.

Vehicle and Trailer Brakes

No matter what kind of vehicle you’re driving, you always need to ensure that the brakes are fully functioning. Any brake issue can instantly take a roadway situation from bad to deadly. Similarly, when it comes to trailer towing, the braking system needs to be doubly secure. Thankfully, electronic brake controllers and tandem axle trailer brake controllers can help secure the braking system throughout the trailer.

Vehicle Operation

When it comes down to it, driving safely is the most important aspect of any kind of transportation. You have to be extra careful when towing heavy equipment, however. So be sure to drive at a safe speed, abide by general traffic laws, and always limit distractions as you keep your eyes on the road.

If you want to learn more about correcting (or preventing) trailer sway, as well as find high quality tandem axle trailer brake controllers and trailer brake wiring, give Hayes Towing Electronics a call right away.

3 Tips For Correcting and Preventing Roadway Trailer Sway

Whether you’re operating a commercial semi truck or towing a trailer for a weekend camping trip, you always have to ensure that you’re following proper truck safety measures. Obviously you need to drive as safely as possible at all times, but there is more to be done when it comes to towing trailers, no matter what is being towed.

Since these trailers are often carrying thousands of pounds of freight, even the smallest mistake can cause potentially fatal damages out on the road. If these trailers sway even a few inches into oncoming traffic, there could be horrible collisions.

Here are some excellent tips for correcting trailer sway in order to avoid damage to your freight and catastrophic roadway collisions:

 

    • Weight distribution — When it comes to preventing and correcting trailer sway, handling the trailer weight is one of the most important aspects. Weight distribution systems are recommended if the trailer being towed is more than 50% of the operating vehicle’s weight. Each weight distribution hitch will have two weight ratings: the gross trailer weight and the tongue weight.

 

    • Secure the trailer — For proper trailer securing, a sway device must be equipped. Trailer sway devices come in two basic types: those that reduce sway once swaying has begun and those that work to prevent trailer sway altogether. Additionally, using a quality trailer feed is a must for securing the trailer to the truck. This wire connects the brake controller to the six-way or seven-way trailer connector at the back of the tow vehicle.

 

    • Use quality braking systems — Without efficient brakes, even the most secure trailer can still cause horrible roadway damage. Not only does the operating vehicle’s brakes need to be fully functioning, but the trailer’s braking system needs to be working properly as well. Make sure you’re having each braking system inspected in order to ensure roadway safety.

 

If you want to learn more about correcting trailer sway and controlling trailer sway, find electric brake controllers, or work with professionals who can better secure your trucks and trailers, give Hayes Towing Electronics a call right away.