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You have undergone trailer training prior to hitting the road with your brand-new caravan or utility trailer. You are completely confident in your body of knowledge, sure that you know everything necessary to be safe on the road. Everything is fine until you get to the motorway. Suddenly, your trailer starts to sway back and forth without warning. What do you do?

Sway problems can be devastating when towing trailers, particularly if they are loaded down with an excessive amount of weight. A driver who experiences trailer sway should immediately begin to decelerate while looking for a safe place to pull over. The trailer should then be checked to see if the cause of the sway could be identified and corrected. Having said that, the best way to combat trailer sway is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Causes of Trailer Sway

Utah-based Progress Manufacturing, an American company that manufactures sway bars, has been studying the effects of trailer sway for years. They say that the condition can be caused by any number of things, including:

Company representatives say trailer owners can mitigate most instances of trailer sway through a simple inspection prior to departure. The inspection should focus on:

The HGV Training Centre covers most of these things in our trailer-towing course. We train drivers in safe towing procedures irrespective of their need for a special licence. We urge all trailer owners to undergo training at least once every year. For more information on licence requirements, do not hesitate to visit the GOV.UK website.

Our trailer training is conducted at dozens of facilities that are conveniently located throughout the UK. Classes are also affordable, so there really is no excuse for not undergoing trailer training before you take to the road this summer season. Remember, it only takes one little problem – like trailer sway – to cause a major accident that you may live to regret. Take a training class now and make yourself safer.

Sources:

  1. AG Professional – http://www.agprofessional.com/news/safety-tips-towing-big-trailers

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