Tips on Heavy Duty Towing

With the proper tools and strategies, heavy duty towing can be an easy task to do. If you have not done this job before or if you are facing issues in heavy duty towing, here are some essential towing tips that can help and assist you for your next towing task.

Know the towing capacity. Before loading a heavy cargo into a trailer or a hitch, it is of utmost importance to be aware of the towing capacity of your truck. You will only invite a lot of problems when you will tow more than its capacity. Y

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know the amount of load your truck can carry from its owner’s manual. Your ride will be a safe one if you know the amount of weight your vehicle is allowed to tow.

Make sure to properly distribute weight. It is important to make sure that you pay attention to proper weight distribution when you’re moving heavy items in your tow truck. This way, your towing job will be a safe and smooth one. Start by loading the heavy cargo first, and then secure them with ropes or bungee cords to ensure the load will not shift when the vehicle is in motion. You can fill the spaces in between with smaller cargo. In addition, make sure to balance each sides of your trailer to lessen its probability of flipping.

Check your mirrors. Another important thing to take note of are having the proper side mirrors. Make sure to angle them correctly in such a way that you will be able to see other vehicles at the back of your trailer clearly without the need to move your head. This will ensure that you will know when it is possible to switch lanes or when to allow other cars behind you to overtake

Routine tire maintenance. Regularly checking your tires is smart. Tires can typically wear down will need to be maintained frequently. It will be really dangerous if you will ignore tire maintenance. Always check your tires closely beginning your towing ride to avoid any accidents from happening. If your tires are not in perfect condition, the vehicle you are towing will tend to sway. Also, tire maintenance can help you safely reach your destination when you are towing a trailer.

Synchronizing your breaks. Ensuring that your breaks are in perfect working condition is very vital. If you have inefficient breaks, the possibility of an accident happening is quite high especially for heavy duty towing. In order to reduce your breaks’ wear and tear, avoid breaking heavily. You can consider applying your foot slightly to the break. Another thing to keep in mind is not to rush when towing a vehicle since it can be really dangerous not only for you but for other vehicles on the road as well. Therefore, it is imperative for you to maintain your speed following to the speed limit boards.

There are still plenty of heavy duty towing tips you can learn from more experienced drivers, the most important thing to remember though is to always be alert of your surroundings when you are towing a heavy duty load or vehicle.

 

Truck maintenence

If you look at your truck every day, you should know that something is wrong with it when you lift up the hood, with just a visual look. You should check the front and the back of your truck every day. You can do alot for it by doing that. Some say that by doing that, you can increase the life of your engine by 40%.

Maintenence schedual

First of all you should check your oil, filters, and everything that you can see visually. If you don’t change your oil, you will have engine problems, and not changing filters will cause loss of power. That will cost you around 60$, and not doing that will probably cost you a couple of thousands. That is something that you can do on your own. The main thing about it is that it doesn’t cost much, but it can do much. If you are a truck driver, that is the best thing you can do for you and your truck. Also, driving it nicely can also save your engine, and save your whole truck in general, because forcing it can cause overheating, and lots of other unnecessary things.

Going to mechanic

Sometimes you can’t fix all of your problems on your own. You need to go to mechanic at least once a month, just to check everything. Big problems that trucks have are brakes. Checking your breaks is really important, and if you don’t do that, it can get dangerous on te road. He can also check your DCL and antifreeze. Those are very important in your truck, and people don’t check their DCL level often, but when they do, it’s critical. That can cause huge problems. Air filters are also something to not forget about, and if you drive in places with a lot of sand and dust, you need to change your air filter more often. Also, every now and then you should ask your mechanic to check your belts, check if there are any cracks on them. Those are some of the most important things to check on your truck every now and then.

 

Take care of your wheels

Of course without wheels, you can’t do much. They are really important, because of your safety, and because of the speed that you can reach. We all know that truckers go on bumpy ways sometimes, and there, they can toss their tire. After every stop, you should check them, see it there is any hols in them, and after that, you are ready to ride.