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5 Mistakes People Do When Towing 

If you have a business that needs towing tools and equipment, then you might have tried doing the tow on your own. There are many DIY projects now, and one of them is towing. If you’re looking for a way to save money, there are many approaches you can do to do such. However, most people make mistakes when it comes to towing. They think that they only need a hitch and towing equipment to do the job, but it’s more than that. What are these mistakes andhow can you avoid them? Read more.  

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Lacking Knowledge of Vehicle Rating  

The main principle that you should remember about towing is that not every vehicle you see is capable of towing. So if you want to tow other vehicle or heavy load, you should research if your vehicle is capable of towing such load. Every vehicle has its limit, so if you tow more than its limitation, it would be damaged. Towing heavy overload that’s more than the recommended load might lead to damages and accidents. Researching more about the ratings of the vehicle is important because by then you would know if the hitch system matches the specifications. 

The ratings are important, knowing the numbers would affect the success of towing. There are numbers on the driver’s side door or the owner’s manual, make sure you also look those up. Aside from those numbers, you should know the difference between the GAWR, GCWR, GVWR, tongue weight and towing capacity.  

First, GVWR or the gross vehicle weight rating is also known as the weight limit of the vehicle. The weight limit includes the weight of the vehicle, the weight of the passengers, the weight of the cargo and the weight of the accessories you’re going to use or load. The GCWR, on the other hand, or the gross combination weight rating is the maximum weight of the towing vehicle, the weight of the passengers, loaded trailer, fuel, and other loads. Third, gross axle weight (GAWR) is the weight that the axle can carry. This information will help you a lot if you decide to tow on your own.  

Improper Loading of Cargo 

If you have taken notes of the mentioned ratings, you should also remember how to properly load your cargo. Even if you loaded just the right weight of cargo but if you don’t load it properly, there’s still high chance that you will meet accidents in the road. The key point is to keep the gravity low so the vehicle won’t shift and sway while you drive. The distribution of load should be balanced too, like all spaces should have equal distribution of loads.  

Brakes and Wires That are Forgotten  

One of the worst mistakes people do when towing is that they forgot the momentum of the vehicle. If you plan to reduce the speed or stop, it would take a while for the vehicle to do so because of the momentum. The momentum is because of the load, so you should have a separate brake for the trailer. The brake will improve the control you have over the load.