Over our last few blog posts we have been discussing the importance of taking extra precaution for winter hauling. It is obviously always important to take safety steps before taking our your trailer, but winter brings about extra hazards that could potentially lead to emergencies while out in the elements.
Now that you know what you should do to prepare for your next big excursion, we want to give you a few pointers for what to do once you take off.
Once on the road, it is important to slow down and plan your stops sooner than normal. While towing in the winter, you may find yourself in a situation where the weather fluctuates. Even if the majority of your journey has you in ideal conditions, rain or snow may begin to fall while you’re traveling. If this happens, slow down to a speed at which you feel safe and increase the distance between your vehicle and those in front of you. Slow down well in advance of a stop or turn to avoid skidding on slippery roads.
It is also a good idea to remember to take a break when you get tired or when weather, visibility and road conditions begin to worsen while you’re driving. Whether you are planning to pull off the road and find something else to do for a while or stay at a hotel to wait it out, sometimes it is a safe bet to stop driving for a while. It you may increase your travel expenses or time traveling, your safety is well worth it. You can use the time to rest, have a bite to eat, check to see when the weather will improve, and resume travel when the weather improves.
Last but not least, please remember to always wear your seatbelt! Just like you secure your precious cargo, it’s even more important to protect yourself and your passengers by making sure they buckle up.