Excavator Trailer Safety

Trailer safety is not a compromise, especially when youre towing a trailer with anexcavator. While it might seem like common sense to drive safely when towing, theres a lot more to it when youre carrying a heavy load. We have some tips and pointers for you to help you manage your trailer safely on the road.

CRITICAL SAFETY TIPS

The bottom line with trailer safety is making sure yourtraileris secure and safe on the road. You need to cover all the angles:

  • Safety chains:Whatever load youre carrying, you may need one or more safety chains depending on the loaded weight of the trailer. Chains must comply with Australian Standards as specified under relevant regulations and guidelines from the state traffic authority. Safety chains must be connected to the towbar.
  • Towbars:Towbars must be rated to at least the weight of the load. Underweight towbars are major risks on the road; they cant manage the heavier load and may even detach while driving.
  • Braking systems:Braking systems may or may not be legally required for lighter weight loads, but theyre good value for safety on the road. Best practice is to have a braking system that is operable from the drivers seat.
  • Towing vehicle requirements:The vehicle must not carry loads over the manufacturers rated towing capacityandthe trailers towing capacity. If you try to haul a trailer over either the vehicle or the trailers capacity, there are very serious risks of instant failure.
  • Rear marker plates:If your trailer is over 7.5m long, youmusthave a Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle plate attached to the trailer. This is also a useful reminder to following vehicles that youre driving a long trailer with a turning curve slower than they are, so its well worth fitting these plates.

SAFE TOWING: THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR ON THE ROAD

Anyone whos ever towed a heavy load will tell you that you can actually feel load problems within seconds of starting. The above points are the simplest ways to ensure that your vehicle and trailer perform well.

Major issues with a towed load include:

  • The sluggish or erratic performance of a trailer on bends in the road:This indicates that the trailer is lagging behind and that it may drift outwards or inwards towards traffic or the road edge. The trailer can also act as a counterweight, pulling against or away from the direction of your vehicles movement. At the first sign of performance issues, check the trailer.
  • Steering issues caused by the load:If the towing vehicle isnt responding properly to steering, the load may be unsafe. The risk is that you may not be able to respond quickly enough to traffic movements or sudden events. Dont take any risks with an unpredictable steering situation; you need a bigger, better trailer to manage the load.

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