January 2004 Safety Thoughts

Trailer Towing Safety

Part 1

by Dave Hansen, Safety Officer 

This time of year, many of us will be making plans for Daytona Bike Week or other warm places that provide an opportunity to ride if we have our bike with us. This means trailering and towing your bike. If you donít properly prepare yourself, your tow vehicle and your trailer, this can be eye opening, expensive, and even dangerous experience. Proper preparation can help make it a pleasurable, safe experience. 

Before you tow, hereís some things you should know: 

Before you tow, be sure your tow vehicle is ready for the task. Your tow vehicle check list should include inspection of the brakes, charging system, cooling system, transmission, and tires, including any inflation adjustments the manufacturer may recommend for towing. 

The trailer should also be checked prior to your trip, including coupler, safety chains, lights, brakes, tires, wheel bearings & lug nuts. 

Making The Connection:

Now youíre connected. Your tow vehicle & trailer have both been serviced, inspected and are ready to go. 

Last item on the checklist? 

 

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