A trailer for your family’s needs can be an investment in the long run. However, it is important to maintain and care for it just as you do with your motor vehicle. Once you have all the legal regulations in place, you are also obliged to ensure that the trailer is safe and roadworthy, for the safety of everyone on the road. An important aspect of conducting all the checks is the lighting system. Gumtree tells you how:
- Always check the lights on the trailer before a trip. Ask a family member to stand behind and ensure that the brake lights and turn signals are fully functional.
- Brake lights are essential in maintaining safety on the road. If they are malfunctioning, other vehicles behind you may not see you slowing down or see the trailer at all. This can lead to some nasty accidents.
- Check the connector system on your trailer. The new models come with a four-way connector that supplies power to the brake lights, turn signals, side marker lights and tail lights.
- Apart from conducting these checks, it is also imperative that you carry out regular monitoring and maintenance of the light system on your trailer. Clean all the light systems and reflectors thoroughly.
Thus, ensuring your motor vehicle is fully maintained and cared for is not enough. Owners usually neglect their trailers, assuming that their car lights will alert other motorists on the road. However, this is a highly dangerous assumption, which can lead to disastrous consequences.
It is also important to remember that regulations in South Africa require that your trailer is roadworthy before embarking on a journey.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find trailers close to home.