There are few nightmares worse than suffering a roadside breakdown while towing. Even with careful installation, things can still go wrong with your tow and hitch in Eugene, OR and put you in dangerous circumstances. When you face these situations, you need to be assured that you will not be a danger to yourself and others. Here is how to handle an emergency when you are towing:
- Stop on the shoulder or an off ramp: When it is just you in your car, you can conceivably pull over anywhere when you feel your motor start to fail or something else going wrong. But the only option when you have a trailer is the right shoulder. Medians cannot handle the weight of tow vehicles and trailers. Right shoulders are normally large enough for you to pull off and park safely. If you are near an off ramp with a grassy parking area, that is likely the safest place for you to be. Basically, put more consideration into where to sop than you normally would do in other vehicles.
- Look for off-street parking: If you are not on the highway, the safest place for you to be when your engine or trailer fails is in a parking lot. Being in the bicycle lane of a small side street will disrupt traffic and place you in danger. Finding a parking lot gives you more space to change that flat tire or re-hitch a trailer without having to worry about being hit by passing cars.
- Carry light flares: A broken down tow vehicle and trailer takes up more space and other motorists will appreciate a warning so they can avoid you. Carry this extra safety equipment so others can cooperate as you face your predicament.
- Know your capabilities: Flat tires and minor hitching problems can normally be repaired on the roadside. Learning how to change tires or fix other small issues will save you time and make these incidents less jarring. However, you also need to know when something is beyond your skills and call for service if necessary.
- See what your roadside assistance service covers: If you are towing regularly, you need to make sure any roadside assistance plan you carry will also cover your trailer. Failing to confirm this may mean getting your vehicle towed while your cargo and trailer are left behind. Sometimes, you need a separate service contract to cover this, but other times, it is just a matter of attaching the right waiver to your current policy.
- Merge safely: Once you change out your tire or make repairs, be careful about merging back onto the road. If you are on a highway, it will take longer to make it to highway speeds, so keep that in mind. Give yourself extra space and more time while not forgetting to check and double check your mirrors before you pull into traffic.
For effective installation for tow and hitch in Eugene, OR, visit Ron’s Hitch N Tow. We will also walk you through the hitching process in order to reduce your chances of facing a roadside emergency.