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Office of the Eaton County Sheriff - Weekly Update

Posted on: June 8, 2021

Trailer Safety Week

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 826 calls for service/events.   Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas:  Traffic Stops-138, Suspicious Situations/Subject/Vehicle-72, Assist Citizen/Motor Assist-41, Traffic Violations-40, Property Damage Crashes-30, Shoplifting Complaints-27, Alarms-26, Check Well Beings-24, Larcenies-19, Car/Deer Accidents-19, Traffic Hazards-17, Domestic Disputes-14, Civil Complaints-14, Unwanted Subject-11, MDOP-10, Disorderly Person or Subject-9

Next week is National Trailer Safety Week – Whether you have a small trailer you use to take your lawn mower to the repair shop, a utility trailer that doubles as a workshop, a livestock trailer, or an RV, pulling a trailer requires skills that don’t come easily.  

Before you even leave your driveway - 

  • Check those trailer tires.  Inspect the trailer tires for dry rot and cracking. 
  • Make sure your tow vehicle’s maintenance is up to date. Before heading, be sure your vehicle has had an oil and filter change, the brake pads have plenty of life remaining, and all fluid levels have been checked.  
  • Match the hitch ball to the trailer. “Make sure the ball on your tow hitch is the same size as the coupler on your trailer. .
  • Don’t get stuck on the side of the road. Always make sure you have at least one spare tire for your trailer.
  • Use trailer safety chains. All trailers should have safety chains that hook up to the hitch. Always cross the trailer’s safety chains, don’t just run them straight. 
  • Check trailer lights. Make sure the trailer’s electrical wiring system is properly connected to the tow vehicle and that all lights are working properly.
  • Choose the right hitch.  Tell the company what you will be towing and make sure the hitch is connected to the tow vehicle’s frame, not the bumper.
  • Consider getting tow mirrors.  
  • Use wheel chocks to ensure the trailer doesn’t roll away when it is released from the tow vehicle.
  • Know your trailer. Keep clearances in mind when pulling into gas stations or low bridge situations.
  • Make wider turns at curves and corners. 
  • Allow for longer stopping distances. 
  • Drive in the right lane on highways.  Driving in the right lane will make it easier to get over to the shoulder in the case of a tire blowout.
  • Adjust trailer brakes according to load.  
  • Don’t ride your truck’s brakes on long downhills. Shift the truck’s transmission to a lower gear to help slow the vehicle and take some strain off of the brakes. 
  • Use a spotter when backing up. .
  • Practice driving with a trailer. 

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

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