It is important to drive safely, especially when you are hauling horses. It is even more important to drive safely in winter weather conditions. Not only do you want to ensure that your trailer is safe to drive in the winter weather, you also want to make sure that you drive accordingly to the conditions. Here are some tips to help to haul safely this winter:
1. Vehicle maintenance – Before a long trip, make sure that your vehicle is checked out before you hit the road. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the side
2. Check your tire pressure – As the temperature changes, be sure to check the tire pressure on both your truck tires and your trailer tires. Air pressure in tires will change due to climate. Check tire pressure when the tires are cold (before traveling) and fill them to the PSI marked on the sidewall, when the tires are cold.
3. Check the battery – If your battery is more than a few years old, you may want to replace it. A cold morning could cause your older battery to fail.
4. “Rain, ice and snow – take it slow” – Check the weather reports before you head out on your trip and plan accordingly. Allow yourself extra time just in case of inclement weather.
5. Give yourself room – Be sure to give yourself plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you, especially during bad weather.
6. Use the brakes gently – If the roads are icy, use the brakes very gently. Braking hard can cause your rig to skid or jackknife easily.
7. Keep the fuel levels up – When you are traveling long distances be sure to keep the fuel level above a quarter of a tank. You never know what you will encounter.
Take extra precaution when you are hauling horses during the winter. Keep that precious
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