Highway towing necessitates a motto which goes as “Plan accordingly, take it easy and be cautious”. You may need the underlying guidelines to become a pro in this field.
The foremost rule of towing in the highways is to always follow the right lane except when you are passing.
It is very important to be completely acquainted with all the controls and reference points from the driver’s seat in accordance with the position of the vehicle being towed in traffic.
When you are planning to tow a vehicle in a highway
It is required that you have a clear picture of your vehicle system in your mind with respect to its length, width and height. This helps you in leaving the extra room required while taking turns, corners and also while changing lanes. You must be completely in the habit of keeping views of rear roadways and making full use of side mirrors as well.
Before you actually start towing, you must always double check the components including that the hitches are in order, that the safety pins are engaged, safety chains are attached, breakaway cable is connected and also that all the lights and brakes are operating perfectly. Rules permit you to stay within a given width limit which is only possible if you have already adjusted your mirrors for the best required views. These should be well extended and adjusted in order to allow you a nice view both on the sides as well as at the rear.
Towing is a critical task
Involving an extended vehicle system which cannot be taken to and fro easily or cannot be reversed or moved about conveniently. So, it is very important that you are well aware of the route, proper freeway exits and all the pathways that you will need to pass in your journey. This can be facilitated by the proper use of GPS maps and the correct knowledge of the lanes as to which lane to be used and when and to which lane to be changed.
Overtaking is a crucial task with long extended trailers on a highway.
You must make full use of your rear view and side mirrors and also the indicators while you are planning to overtake. Never be impatient and make your move all of a sudden. The vehicles in front and at the back must be fully aware of your lane changes.
The trailer brakes should be synchronized with the tow vehicle’s brakes manually whenever applying the brakes and must be applied lightly and slowly in order not to affect others on the road.
Towing on mountains need extra caution.
The proper use of gears, accelerators and brakes is required where concentration cannot be compromised. While ascending and descending hills you have to be careful with the speeds and the transmission gear range. Overheating and undue engine loads can be avoided by downshifting. At the time of sharp turns around obstacles, you have to allow enough room for the trailer which tends to cut into the tow vehicle’s track.