Heavy duty tow-behind trailers are excellent for construction work. There are just a few rules that you must follow to ensure safety on the road when you are hauling construction supplies or equipment. These safety protocols apply in all situations, regardless of what you are hauling or the distance you are hauling it.
Hook It Up Correctly
No trailer should ever be hooked up in an incomplete or haphazard manner. Every trailer used should be thoroughly hooked up to the correct hitch, and the electrical plugs need to be plugged in properly. You are very likely to be ticketed if your trailer does not have fully lit lights on the back.
These lights on your trailer alert the people behind you that you are stopping and turning right or left. If your lights are not hooked up to your vehicle, you certainly raise the likelihood of getting into an accident at some point. That is why the police will stop you and ticket you if you do not hook up your trailer all the way. Be sure the hitch is secured and locked, and be sure the lights are plugged in and working correctly.
Tie Everything Down
Everything you throw onto or into the trailer must be secured. That applies to wood planks as much as it applies to mini front loaders. If anything falls off the trailer while you are driving down the road, and the falling objects cause damage or an accident, you could be sued. You could also be delayed from reaching the construction site with your much needed supplies and equipment while the police work out the reports and write tickets. For these reasons, tie everything down as tightly as you can.
If You Have Extra-Long Items, Rent Extra-Long Trailers
Too often you see trailers on the road with one or two boards or metal pipes sticking way out the back end of the trailers. Driving this way is extremely dangerous, because it only takes one sudden stop, and the driver behind you could be impaled. A lot of times, people driving vehicles with trailers like this did not want to pay a little extra for a longer trailer. They were thinking they could rent a shorter, cheaper one, and everything would be okay. Unfortunately, those are usually the people who end up stopping short and the longer cargo in the trailer causes serious injuries and vehicular damage. Play it safe, spend the extra few bucks, and rent the longer trailer.