Backing a trailer may be a bloke’s rite of passage but what else is there to know about these handy vehicles?
Got a load to haul, rubbish to dump or furniture to move? Trailers come in all shapes and sizes, and are readily available to hire.
Not many of us actually own trailers. For a start, we don’t use them regularly enough and then there’s the problem of where to store them when not in use. Hiring a trailer is often the best solution, and if you do so from a reputable outlet like Hirepool, the first few checks listed below will have already been made for you.
Check that your trailer has a current warrant of fitness and registration.
Check that all lights are in working order, and know that if your load obstructs essential lights you must fix temporary lights to comply with legal requirements.
Ensure the tow rating of your vehicle and the trailer coupling is sufficient for your load and compatible with the tow ball size.
These are guidelines only and we would recommend all users consult Land Transport NZ for their comprehensive guide to safe loading and towing. The ultimate responsibility for the trailer, vehicle and load rests with the driver of the vehicle.
Words and pictures: Hirepool
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