2.2.2 TRAILER NOT PROPERLY COUPLED TO TRUCK A secure coupling is vital. Uncoupling can result in death or serious injury.
An improperly coupled trailer can result in death or serious injury.
Before towing trailer, verify that: • The coupler is properly secured and locked. • Trailer landing gear is fully retracted. • Lights and air hoses connected. • Perform pre-trip inspection.
2.2.3 OVERLOADING An overloaded trailer can result in loss of control, which may result in death or serious injury. Overloading may also result in tire, wheel, axle or structural failure, and also increased stopping distances.
An overloaded trailer can result in death or serious injury.
Do not load a trailer so that the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) is exceeded.
2.2.4 IMPROPER LOAD DISTRIBUTION Improper load distribution can result to poor trailer stability and handling. Refer to “Loading the Trailer” for more information. Uneven load distribution can cause tire, wheel, axle or structural failure, and can result in the trailer rolling over while dumping. Be sure your trailer is evenly loaded left-to-right and front-to-rear. Keep the center of gravity as low as possible.
An improperly loaded trailer can result in failure or loss of control, leading to death or serious injury.
Evenly distribute the load through out the trailer.
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