If you’re driving around with a dodgy towbar, you’re a considerable risk on the road. With frequent or inappropriate use, a towbar will be subjected to wear and tear. So, what are the signs it’s time for a new towbar? How often should you check and replace it? Read on to find out more.
How often do you use your towbar?
If you use your towbar often, especially for heavy loads, it’s a good idea to have it checked regularly. If you’re hauling a trailer or caravan full-time, for example, you’ll want to inspect or get your towbar checked by a professional regularly. If your towbar is only used occasionally, it’s less of a concern as long as the towbar is kept in good working order, however if you are embarking on a long trip, consider this as part of your pre-departure checklist..
What are the signs, my towbar needs replacing?
If your towbar is rusting, loose or coming apart, it’s time to replace it. Damaged towbars are a danger on the road and are a contributing factor in many towing crashes.
Ensure your towbar is fit for purpose
You cannot use a standard or light duty towbar to tow heavy loads such as caravans, boats and horse floats. Always ensure you know the weight capacity of your towbar and use it accordingly.
What’s the risk?
Towing with a deteriorating towbar is not worth the safety risk – for you and your family as well as other road users.
While that should be more than enough to make us all stop and think before towing, remember in some states there are penalties for illegal towing . Don’t take your chances! If you are unsure, just give us a call or send us a message – we’re happy to chat through your questions or concerns.
Hall Towbars can assist you to maintain your towbar, including replacing pins and bolts and all other requirements. In the event your towbar is no longer fit for use, we can help you select a suitable replacement from our range.
Contact Hall Towbars for advice
We’re here to help! Have you purchased a car with a towbar already installed and don’t know its history? Does your car have an inferior towbar or a towbar not fit for use? Whatever your situation, our expert team can advise what you need, to ensure you are towing safely.
If you have any questions about the suitability of your towbar, please contact us. We have been in the business for more than 50 years and your safety is our priority.