Some commercial trucks pull trailers every single day, and sometimes horrible accidents happen because the trailer and truck have not been properly inspected. It is wise to fully understand your truck so you can take preventative measures before you take your truck out on the road.
You have to make sure your suspension system and your brakes are tough enough and designed to haul the trailer you are attempting to use. Sometimes certain modifications are needed to make sure you will avoid any performance and/or handling problems. You can verify with your local Department of Transportation to verify all of the requirements and laws for braking. It is better to be sure and safe than unsure and sorry, right?
The braking systems in the trailers should be checked to ensure they are installed properly, properly maintained, and have the correct wiring. Your authorities enforce all of the regulations and laws regarding your commercial trailers. It is required that you have brakes and an emergency braking system if the trailer ever comes loose from the truck.
You should carefully put together your trucking and trailer checklist, and that includes any risks or liabilities that you may face. As an owner operator, you definitely need to consider inspections and preventative maintenance measures in order to lower or keep your owner operator insurance in South Carolina at a rate you can afford.
What can you do to ensure you are driving a truck or trailer that is safe on the road?
- Properly inspect your breaks
- Properly inspect all of the components
- Make sure the latch and coupler are properly lubricated
- Inspect the chains
There are a number of things that you should include on your checklist to ensure you can maintain the insurance rates you currently have and/or reduce your insurance rates. Contact us for your owner operator insurance needs.