Trailer safety

At Fieldview trailers, our main focus is ensuring your trailer is safe to be on the roads of Lincolnshire and further afield.

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Fieldview Trailers have worked with Lincolnshire police, to promote trailer safety on our roads.

Devastating consequences of unsafe trailers

 

The new campaign follows the tragic death of 3-year-old Freddie Hussey in January 2014.

Freddie was walking with his mother in Bedminster, Bristol, when a 2-tonne trailer became unattached from a Land Rover. The trailer mounted the kerb before hitting Freddie.

The investigation into Freddie’s death found that the trailer’s handbrake lever was in the wrong place.

Freddie’s parents are urging all drivers to carry out basic safety checks each time they tow a trailer to avoid further tragedies.

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Checks you should carry out...

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Checks you should carry out every time you tow a trailer, caravan or horsebox with a car, to make sure you're towing safely and legally.

Tow ball and connections

Check that:

  • the trailer is correctly coupled to the towball or pin - follow the manufacturer’s advice

  • the coupling height is correct

  • the 7 or 13 core cable and plug is not damaged

 

Breakaway cable

Use a breakaway cable or secondary coupling. This engages the trailer’s brakes (if fitted) or stops the trailer if it becomes detached from the car.

Check that:

  • the cable is not worn or damaged

  • there’s enough slack in the cable so that it does not accidentally apply the brakes

  • the cable will not drag on the ground when you’re driving

Follow the manufacturer’s advice to make sure it’s connected correctly.

Wheels and tyres

Check that the tyres on both the car and trailer:

  • do not have any cuts or bulges

  • are inflated to the manufacturer’s specification for the load being carried

Check that each tyre has a tread depth of at least 1.6mm:

  • across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tread

  • around the entire circumference of the tyre

Check that the wheel nuts and bolts are tightened to the correct torque.

Check that mudguards are fitted to the trailer and they’re secure.

The tyres should be free of cuts and bulges and mud guards must be fitted and secure. If the police were to pull you over and found your tyres to be substandard you could face the same penalty as car tyres - that is, 3 penalty points and a maximum fine of £2,500. 

Lights and indicators

Check that there’s no damage to the lights, and that they’re all working correctly.

Load and weight limit

Check that:

  • the trailer is not overloaded

  • the load is distributed evenly

  • the load is secure

Find your car’s weight limit

The vehicle manufacturer’s plate gives information about weight limits for your car. Check the car’s handbook if a plate is not fitted.