Requirements for managing the proper use of Tow bars and their Accessories
Ever walked around the back of a vehicle and scraped your shin on the tow tongue? Ouch!! Well in Queensland, did you know you have an obligation to make sure this cannot happen?The Queensland State Government mandates:“Tow bars, including tow bar tongues, must not overhang dangerously when a trailer isn’t connected. You can use a removable trailer ball mount, protective guard on protruding sections or recessed tow bar to prevent this.” So, when you are not towing, and if you can, remove your tow tongue from the tow bar and store it away safely. If you have a fixed tow tongue you can use a protective guard like the one depicted to comply. Better safe than sorry.
- Usually the diameter of a shackle pin is larger than the shackle body.
- The strength of a shackle varies according to its grade. An ‘S’ grade shackle is stronger than an ‘M’ grade shackle of the same size.
- Stainless steel shackles are generally unsuitable for trailers, as they have low resistance to bending stresses.
- A bow shackle provides flexibility for more angular movement than a ‘D’ shackle."