When it comes to hauling heavy trailers, there can never be enough emphasis on safety. A lot of things can go wrong, to put your life and that of other road users in danger. If you are experienced in towing, you probably know the importance of towing mirrors in ensuring you have a clear view of the traffic behind you. It is important to take good classes about towing mirrors and other types of safety equipment, to ensure you have a safe ride.
Towing mirrors are without a doubt the number one safety consideration that you should fix before hauling any type of load on a trailer. A towing mirror is an extra mirror that is well attached to your vehicle's existing mirror to extend the line of your vision. The basic idea is to solve a blind spot causes by attaching a trailer to your vehicle. Towing mirrors work by eliminating these blind spots and allow you to see the areas that got blocked from sight by the trailer.
Installing towing mirrors
You can install towing mirrors in a variety of ways. The simplest process it to attach and clamp to existing mirrors with the use of a clamp and tightening knob. What you need to do is to slide the mirror into place and ensure it is held steady with the use of adjustable foot and then tightening the knob until the mirror is snug.
Ensure you follow all the manufacturer's set instructions when attaching the towing mirrors. Also, ensure you double-check on the clamps and bolt to ensure they are secure and well fastened. When attaching mirrors, never opt for any shortcuts. When poorly attached mirrors and falls while you are accelerating, it could be.
If you attach the mirrors in the most recommended manner, you will enjoy their importance and use. They come in handy in many ways. First, they will widen your field of vision to help you have a clear sight of the vehicles behind you.
Towing mirrors will also help you check on your load and trailer, without having to perform the manual process of physically turning and inspecting your load. You are probably aware of the danger of turning to inspect your load while on the road, as taking your eyes off while driving could cause disastrous effects.
Follow the law
The law is crisp and clear on the subject of mirrors and towing. If a caravan or trailer is wider than the rear of the towing vehicle, you must fit additional towing mirrors. In case you choose not to fix the mirrors, you risk hefty fines including a 3 point penalty on your license, facing police prosecution, and a fine of up to a thousand dollars for each mirror infringement. The law also requires you have a clear field of vision that is at least 4 meters out from the side of your van and about 20 meters back from the driver. If you don't have additional mirrors, you will suffer blind spots that are caused by the edges of the trailer or caravan blocking your line of vision.