We both know that the contents being towed in your trailer are quite important. It doesn’t matter if you’re hauling cattle for sale, an ATV for an afternoon of fun or a boat that will let you get away from it all, you need to reach your destination on time and without incident. However, having a trailer is like having a second car in the driveway – you must consistently keep up with its many components to ensure that it’s going to work as designed when you need it the most.
Now that daylight savings time has ended as of Nov. 5, those early-morning jobs or late nights driving home will require a bit more forethought. That’s because this annual ritual in which we set out clocks back one hour means trailer owners should soon give their gear a walk-around to ensure that the trailer lights are working as they should. At best, you’ll need to only swap out some bulbs and a replacement lens covers. At worst, you could suffer a mechanical malfunction and be stuck with an immobilized trailer that’s nearly invisible to other drivers during off-peak hours.
While nation-wide adherence to daylight savings time had been spotty at best over the past 100 years, turning our clocks back every fall is now a standardized process and effects everyone who hits the road early or comes home late. In either of those cases, crucial trips with vital goods in tow means trailer owners must inspect trailer tail lights to be proactive in the event of an emergency. That goes for running lights, trailer reflectors and brake lights because all serve as important indicators to other motorists. By shopping with a respected trailer parts company like Nuera, you’ll be able to select some of the best trailer reflectors, LED-style trailer lights, dome lights, license plate lights, replacement lenses, kit harnesses and more. Some of the best-selling trailer lights carried by Nuera come from respected companies like Optronics, Bargman and Peterson. With Nuera, you can pick out the best-selling trailer tail lights from Optronics, which also comes with a license light, or invest in Peterson protected clearance lights for the sides or top of your trailer.
While we’re on the topic of driving in the dark, we’d similarly like to offer these on-road tips to ensure safe driving at night. According to Popular Mechanics magazine, auxiliary lights like the types of trailer lights and trailer reflectors offered by Nuera give a much-needed visibility boost for you and nearby motorists. However, use them sparingly to avoid blinding passing drivers. Similarly, Popular Mechanics suggests that you adjust your rear- and side-view mirrors before heading out. Given that you’ve got a trailer in tow, it’s even more so important to be able to see your cargo with little more than a glance to the left. Every state in the U.S. requires trailers to have working tail lights and license plate lights so there’s no excuse for not having these in working order. Moreover, the clocks won’t spring forward one hour until 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018 so it’s time to brush up on safe driving-in-the-dark practices If you’re unsure of what product to purchase for your trailer or know that it’s time to fix that cracked lens and burned-out bulb, visit nueratrailerparts.com.