Pull a Trailer Safely Through Snow and Ice

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The ski resorts are opening. The snow has arrived and either for work or for recreation, you are going to be towing through less than ideal conditions. I recently watch a YouTube video which featured winter accidents. I wished I wouldn’t have watched. I hate to see other cars/trucks/trailers spinning out on the snow and hitting oncoming traffic.

Slow down. Regardless of what you are driving. Slow down in the snow. When you are towing, really slow down. The best thing you can do under severe or heavy weather conditions is to slow it down and drive nice and steady. Here are some tips to help keep you and your gear safe if you are going to driving on slippery, icy or windy roads.

Balance Your Load Properly

Make sure you put 60% of your load in the front and 40% in the rear. Just make sure the 6- percent in the front isn’t too far away from your front axle.

Avoid Swaying at All Costs

If your trailer starts swinging and swaying, ride the brakes lightly. If that doesn’t control the swaying, gently apply your brake controller. Your trailer should line up behind you. If you don’t have a brake controller, keep lightly tapping the brakes. Slow and steady.

Gear Down on Grades

Heading downhill can get slippery and scary. So when you and your rig drop down a grade use lower gears and intermittent braking. Don’t jerk. Apply your brakes in slow, spaced-out braking patterns. Resist the natural urge to hit the brakes hard.

Travel safe this year. We don’t want to see you on any YouTube videos.

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