Causes of JackknifesIn short, the primary cause of jackknifes is a loss of traction or the wheel grip on the road. The typical causes of jackknifing are:
- A highway crash can cause a jackknife accidents
- Skidding on slippery roads
- Locking of trailer brakes due to improper braking
Ways to Prevent Jackknifev Drivers should not only understand the cause of jackknifes, but they should also know how to prevent them. Techniques to reduce the risk of a jackknife include:
- Load weight – a lighter load, is more likely to jackknife. The driver should understand and account for driving with a lighter load.
- Properly distribute load – the weight of the load should be evenly distributed throughout the trailer to help with braking. Trailer brakes are designed for full loads.
- Braking gradually to avoid hard braking or sudden stops.
- Avoid braking during a turn, especially a downhill turn. Downhill turns are especially prone to jackknifing.
- Do not brake and swerve at the same time.