How do I Prepare my Vehicle and Trailer for Winter Towing?

Written by Hitchweb Team
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 — No Comments Yet

How do I prepare my vehicle and trailer for winter towing?

It may not be winter quite yet but in many areas the cold weather, heavy rain, ice & snow have already arrived! Take some time before you head out to prepare for winter road conditions to keep you and your vehicle safe. 




Winter Truck and Trailer Towing Tips
                                                                                                       Photo Credit: Torklift International

 


PLAN YOUR TRAVEL ROUTE
When traveling during the winter, especially during winter, it's always best to take main highways and well traveled streets whenever possible. These roads will always be first priority for road clearing crews and will be in the best shape. Check online ahead of time to see if there are any delays/construction/accidents.

CHECK THE WEATHER

At the beginning of each day on your trip be sure to check the weather forecast. A heavy storm may require you to alter your route or cancel traveling that day altogether. Although you may not want to pay for an extra night at a hotel in the long run your safety is worth the expense.
 

INSPECT YOUR TRAILER AND VEHICLE
Before you start your trip be sure to do a thorough inspection of your trailer and driving vehicle. Some key things you'll want to check are: oil level, tire pressure, fluids, wiper blades, batteries, properly functioning trailer brakes and brake controller (if applicable) and also that all wiring and lights are fully functional. It's extremely important that other drivers can see when you're braking & turning, especially in poor road conditions. Secure any loads in your trailer to avoid shifting during your travels.
 

Plug & Play Brake Control

Plug & Play Brake Control

Brake Controls for Heavier Loads

Brake Controls for Tougher Loads

Brake Controls for Easier Loads

Brake Controls for Easier Loads

Brake Control Harnesses

Brake Control Harness

Brake Control Universal Kits

Brake Control Universal Kits



BRING EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

Putting together an emergency roadside safety kit is crucial to your comfort and safety in any emergency situation you may face. A few things we recommend are: blankets, water, food/snacks, a phone charger, road flares and/or reflective cones, a flashlight, fire extinguisher and first aid kit. Tire chains may also be required depending on where you're heading. We also recommend a good shovel and some kitty litter if you're going out in the snow - it's a great combination to use when you're stuck!

SLOW DOWN & TAKE BREAKS
When road conditions are less than ideal you'll want to slow down and leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. If necessary pull over to the side and let other drivers pass you. Also be sure to give yourself plenty of extra time to slow down in advance of any stops or turns to avoid skidding. If road conditions/visibility become unsafe find a place to take a break. Whether that be a restaurant for a few hours or a hotel if conditions persist take advantage of this time to relax and prepare for the rest of your journey!

 

Do you have any helpful tips for winter towing? Let us know in the comments below! If you have any additional questions our team is always happy to help - please contact us at info@hitchweb.com or 1-800-300-4067


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