So if everyone else is running 80-90 mph we should all try and keep up even while towing.
80-90mph, oh sure. Over in the fast lane 70-75 max or the troupers have a field day writting tickets. Over in the right lane traffic is 60-70mph.
Stay in the right hand lane and move with traffic.
This is a rural area in fairly level farming country...The roads are good with not tons of traffic..Theres no big towns..Not all of us are in a hurry.When towing I often run 10 mph under to be safe.
Crashes happen when there is a disturbance in traffic flow, now when traffic is in steady state. Small town are loaded with stop signs, kids on bikes, corners, women in short shorts etc. Look at the stats, far more crashes per mile in small townsthan on interstate highways.
The faster you go the harder it is to stop.
No suprise there, kenetic energy rises with the square of velocity. Doesn't matter 1/2 ton or dually.
Lots of light antique pullers and show tractors are hauled on 7K trailers pulled by 1/2 ton pickups...These guys are careful and cause no problems.
Half tons with 7000lb trailers are never in wrecks?
I'll guarantee you the guy with the M kept everything in great condition..He is much safer than someone running 70-80 mph in a crew cab dually pulling a fully loaded tandem axle gooseneck.
There you are hating the guy again with $$$ driving the dually crewcab. All other factors identical.I'll take my chances with the modestly loaded 10,000lb goose neck. Instead of the maxed out 1/2 ton and 7000lb trailer.
If towing with barely adequate but legal equipment you do the following.
??? Should you not have all equipment in excellent confition be it the dually goose neck 10,000lb or the 1/2 ton & 7000lb trailer?
You keep everything (tires-brakes-lights etc} in excellent operating condition...You balance your load good with the proper tongue weight.
You drive 5-10 mph under the speed limit and dont tail gate...If traffic piles up behind you,you pull over and let them by.
There you are again causing wrecks. By backing up traffic and disturbing flow. Causing other drivers to attempt passing. Pulling to the shoulder also causes a disruption in traffic flow. Drivers behind have to hit the brakes, swerve and try to look through dust from the shoulder. And b.t.w. how many roads have shoulders wide and firm enough to pull over on? Ever been in NY state around Lake Placid?
.Since this is level farm country I often go lesser traveled roads.
You drive slow going thru towns as thats where most problems happen..I've had kids in bicycles dart out in front of me.
You pay attention and drive 1/4th mile ahead.
Always critical to safe driving be it on a bycycle to a semi truck or anything in between. To look ahead .
.Youve got to remember that 30-40 years ago lots of us pulled home made trailers that had no brakes...We had to drive careful.
Guess that makes cutting corners today ok? May as well throw out the kid's bike and motor cycle helmets, cut the seat belts out etc.
I remember wrecks 30-40 years ago where it was normal for people to be killed or crippled. Now in a similar wreck people push the vehicle door open and walk away.