Towing Safety Measures and Recommendations

Towing is a very technical profession as it involves a number of safety measures which have to be followed strictly. Especially moving heavy objects from one place to another, demands utmost care. If you plan to tow a vehicle or any other object, there are some important things you should consider to make towing completely safe.

Do not overload the vehicle as it can be extremely dangerous
You should have considerable towing experience and knowledge
Weight of both the tower and the towed should be workable
Weight of the loaded or towed object must not exceed the loader
You should have a valid and relevant driving license
Tow brackets must meet the necessary requirements
Safety of the site must be ensured

Why getting professional assistance is recommended?

Driving on busy roads can be unpleasant sometimes. A roadway accident can block the road. Your vehicle can fail you in the middle of a road. These situations demand immediate professional help. A dependable towing service becomes of great importance in these situations. A wrecked car cannot be safely recovered or removed without the help of a well-reputed towing service. The job of a tow experts is not only moving objects but also providing vehicle repair assistance. A minor fault in your car should be fixed on the spot rather than towing it off the road. A tow engineer should have a basic knowledge and tools to solve an auto dysfunction.

It is not advisable for an ill-equipped and untrained individual to carry out towing processes. Towing companies reach on the spot in no time and end your worries immediately. Therefore, contact a reliable tow technician rather than putting others’ lives at risk. Moreover, a reliable tow truck combined with an expert tow operator can save your time and money by providing swift help.

Towing equipment and methodologies

There is a vast range of equipment used in performing varying towing operations. A tractor, for example, is used to remove a broken tree or parts of a destroyed car. A belt life is used to recover a car. A flatbed kind of truck is employed to perform heavy towing services. Heavy duty trucks are used to tow other heavy trucks and vehicles.

The State also pays due attention and forms laws to regulate the towing companies. It is very important to stay aware of changing laws and safety standards. Disrespecting towing rules may have a bad impact on the reputation of a business. Therefore, make sure, if you are a towing business, to follow each and every rule. Some people prefer to move their damaged car to an auto mechanic to get an instant repair. Towing experts are responsible for safely delivering an object wherever a client wants to.

Quality of tow services

There are few towing companies which provide high-quality and round the clock services. Having powerful trucks and vehicles coupled with professionally trained workers make towing convenient for common citizens. To fulfill varying needs, companies employ different vehicles with varying capacity. In the presence of quality towing service, you should drive comfortably without thinking about vehicle recovery and breakdown.

Autonomous Trucks in the Transportation Sector – Soon, Very Soon My Friend

Union Truck Drivers be forewarned, your days of steady employment are numbered, within a couple of decades those jobs may not exist at all? You may not even be able to get a job with Uber at that point. You see, autonomous trucks are real and this technology is almost ready NOW. Personally, I say bring it to market immediately – we need it. Just about everything is brought by truck, imagine those costs being reduced, let’s talk shall we?

Not long ago we were discussing this at our think tank and Jordan Watson states; “There are still quite a few barriers to overcome:

- Infrastructure
- Legislation
- Insurance
- Manufacturer liability
- Public adoption

Yes, the technology and concept is ready, the critical paths are not. My estimate is that autonomous mode will become a FEATURE in the next 5-8 years, from there, it comes down to those 4 key points being fully reconciled on how quickly it accelerates from there.”

Agreed, Jordan is correct, and it is amazing isn’t it how fast it is all unfolding. Like the Rail Industry, Airline Sector there will be much opposition in Trucking from unions. Still, the overall increase in inefficiency and cost will mimic a massive tax cut in the trucking industry as all that labor will be cut so drastically, it also gives much advantage to the big boys – J.B. Hunt, Wal-Mart Distribution, FED EX ground, etc. This lowering of cost will be like a shot of adrenaline in the economy since everything we buy, rent, trade comes by truck at least part of the way during its journey to market. Lowered transportation and distribution costs will definitely help the economy even if the phase in is between now and 2025.

As far as the progression, the technology is ready as we both agreed. The only challenge now is “FEAR”, unions, politics, lawsuits, and risk-reward decision matrix executives and bureaucrats. Freightliner, Volvo Trucks, Peterbuilt, Kenworth, etc, all have programs and the technology, I see the problem more-or-less as Jordan does, and liken it to the use of commercial UAVs and the FAA getting their act together so we can order a Pizza or Frappachino and have it delivered to the balcony of our home. If you’d like to discuss this topic more, I am all in. The future of transportation is coming, Please consider all this and think on it.

The Key to Safe Towing and Trailering

Ready to tow? It`s not quite as simple to understand your vehicle`s maximum towing capacity and to create safe driving situations. If you have not yet purchased a trailer, there are many details you must keep in mind, but one of the most necessary tip when you intend to use a trailer is to check the towing capacity.

It is always helpful to research the towing capacity with rigorous measures and to compare if this information accompanied with the owner`s manual. The owner’s manual will provide detailed instructions that refers to the maximum weight you can pull with a given box trailer. This statement, easily found within your trailer`s owner`s manual, not only represents the weight of the trailer itself, but the weight of any cargo loaded within it. If you haven`t already purchased a trailer you can customize it`s specifications to your towing needs.

Your vehicle`s tow rating takes numerous components into consideration, covering the following topics:

-Trailer design;

-Framework and suspension design;

-The hitching, braking, and wiring systems;

-Tire safety and load capacities.

This numbers provide basic information and guidelines that can help you make safe decisions when purchasing and driving a trailer for non-commercial, personal use. Manufacturers` towing guides are result of extensive real-world testing, to ensure your safety and the safety of the items you are towing. However, the selection of an appropriate model and the proper equipment to upgrade your trailer depends on the type of trailer, its size and weight and how compatible it is with your vehicle. A manufacturer may offer different towing measurements for various sizes or types of trailers so it`s important not to exceed your vehicle`s tow rating, over the weight limits. Exceeding even one of those evaluations while pulling could not only cause severe damages to your vehicle, your carriage during the transportation. At this point it may be wise to consider purchasing a larger trailer with more capacity so it can be enough to satisfy your towing needs.

Manufacturers` tow vehicle ratings are only one aspect that must be compatible with the hitch system that can handle the same specifications. All weight considerations can guide you through the process on how to purchase a safe trailer and how to develop a realistic image of the total weight you are capable to carry around.

Not respecting the suggested weight, such as too little weight can cause the trailer to sway. On the other hand too much load can cause many problems with the balance, making the entire vehicle hard to control and is, in fact unsafe.