Safe Towing: The Importance of Tongue Weight

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Tongue Weight, it's a bigger deal than you think.

Since 1975, trailer-related fatalities have climbed to 19,582. Since 1988, reported injuries have surpassed 800,000 and over 2 million vehicles, boats, trailers, and other property have been damaged or totaled. 

Accidents, injuries, and fatalities can be reduced with safe towing. One of the biggest mistakes you can make when towing a trailer towing with unsafe tongue weight. This is something that drivers misunderstand or are unaware of. That is why Weigh Safe creates hitches that measure tongue weight safely, and easily for YOU! 

Before Weigh Safe, you had to find a bathroom scale, elevate it at ball height with a box or cinder block, and place the tongue directly on top. So, you’d hope your scale can handle 1,000 pounds… but, let’s be honest, most people would rather eyeball the tongue weight, hop in their truck, and just hope their drive goes smoothly.

Other hitch manufactures tend to focus on other towing features such as adjustment heights, multi-ball features, hitch material, etc. As important as all of these factors are, none answer the question that towers have; “Is my tongue weight in the safe range of 10-15%?” Weigh Safe offers products that are not only made from the best materials, but also create a safe, and smooth ride for our customers. 

How does it work?

Weigh Safe is the only hitch in existence with a built-in scale to measure tongue weight. Why is knowing tongue weight so important? Too much can affect your driving maneuverability; too little and your trailer might fishtail, swinging into other lanes – or it might just come off the ball.

Watch this video to see how simple it is to measure tongue weight when you use a Weigh Safe hitch. 

Bottom Line:

Failure to effectively measure tongue weight increases the chances of an accident on the road while towing.