At Mid Carolina Diesel, we want to help you take the best possible care of your trailer, and an important part of keeping your trailer in good repair is getting it inspected regularly. Trailer inspections are essential not only for maintaining the trailers themselves, but also for reducing the risk of accidents that may occur should any of the components fail. In this article, our team will provide a brief overview of what exactly trailer inspections look at so that you can be prepared for your next evaluation.
- Tires – All trailer inspections involve checking the tires to ensure that they are still safe for the road, and also to ensure that they wear evenly and last longer.
- Brakes – While the tow vehicle will be providing most of the stopping power, trailers are equipped with brakes of their own to ensure that they don’t hit the vehicle itself. In addition, the trailer’s brakes do perform some of the work when stopping, which decreases the stress and wear on the tow vehicle.
- Hitch and Coupler – Another thing that we’ll check during your trailer inspection is the hitch and coupler that connect the trailer to your vehicle. Clearly, these components need to remain strong in order to ensure that the trailer doesn’t detach while you’re on the road. We’ll also check that the safety chains are in good condition for the same reason.
- Lights and Wiring – An essential part of safe driving is signaling to the other drivers on the road, so a key part of a trailer inspection is checking the trailer’s tail lights and wiring. You need to make sure that the wires that connect to your vehicle’s signals are safe and reliable, and that the trailer’s lights are still shining bright.