A weight distribution hitch distributes the weight nearest to where a trailer connects to a towing car to prevent an imbalance in weight from causing an accident. The hitch minimizes the danger caused by a weight imbalance by distributing the weight that is pushed on the rear axle of the towing vehicle to the front axle and any axles with which the trailer is built.Continue Reading
A car used for towing has a specific weight distribution rating. If the weight placed on it exceeds the limit, serious balance issues could occur. A weight distribution hitch helps increase the effectiveness of a towing car, as it prevents a trailer from dipping due to excessive weight. Sudden imbalances during a drive can be disastrous, as a situation in which braking is necessary can lead the trailer to pitch and sway, causing a driver to lose control.
Trailers carrying lighter loads can be securely driven using a simple weight carry hitch, but a careful balancing of weights is still necessary. It is recommended that a driver use a weight distribution hitch if the weight of the trailer exceeds 50 percent of the weight of the towing vehicle. Depending on local laws, there are certain trailer weight limits where a weight distribution hitch is legally mandated.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance