Releases List Of Trailer Safety Tips

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After reading reports of a New Zealand automobile accident caused by a boat being dislodged from its trailer, the staff at released a list of trailer safety tips.

Otago Daily News reported a boat fell from a trailer that was being used to transport it on Saturday, which caused the vehicle towing it to fishtail out of control. Reports of this accident reached the staff at, and inspired them to make a list of trailer safety tips, in the hopes of curtailing any preventable accidents in the future.

UBT states using trailer safely is of the utmost importance, as improper use can put not only the drivers at risk, but any people around them, as well. UBT states taking a few minutes and going over these easy steps before getting on the road, and the chances of something going wrong will be diminished significantly.

First, before even getting the boat onto the trailer, drivers should perform a pre-operational inspection. While the inspection can be performed with the boat on the trailer, it just makes it more difficult to access the different areas of the trailer.

This inspection includes hooking up the trailer’s lights to make certain they work properly, looking at the brakes to make sure they are in an operational condition, and inspecting the tires, both for wear, and proper air pressure. If, during the inspection, anything is found that looks worn or in danger of failing, that part must be replaced before towing anything on the boat trailer.

Once the driver is certain that the trailer and all of its various pieces are working correctly, it is time to secure the boat. The boat should be secured with cables and straps, and there should be as little give in the straps as possible. Any slack in the lines could allow the boat to work itself free while driving.

The last essential point in safe boat towing is regular maintenance. It’s important to get the bearings repacked with grease as regularly as the manufacturer recommends. Owners need to make sure to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule closely, as this will ensure a long, safe life for your trailer.

Driving in general is a risky habit, and towing a trailer just compounds the prospective problems. Boat owners must be conscientious and safe when preparing to take their boat and trailer out onto the street, and hopes that their list of safety tips will make it easier for them.

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