There’s no doubt that autumn is here and to accompany the fall in temperature we have falling leaves and an increase in rain.
When these elements combine, it’s inevitable the roads will become increasingly slippery and that can make driving with a trailer more of a challenge so it’s worth considering how to approach a change in conditions as safely as possible.
A good tip for any time of year is to check that your lights are working properly but as the likelihood of driving in the dark with a trailer increases, make doubly sure that the electronics are properly connected between vehicle and trailer. You want to be as visible as possible.
In autumn, damp roads increase the likelihood of the vehicle slipping so make sure at the very least that tyres have plenty of tread for grip and check pressures – taking into account the load – regularly. In addition, it might be worth considering winter tyres if there’s any potential for having to drive in poorer conditions for a longer time – for example in remote and rural areas. It goes without saying that speed limits must be adhered to.
Before you attach the trailer to the vehicle, give the hitch a thorough check – going from whether it’s installed properly, to the position and engagement of the trailer on the ball bar, to the locking of the detachable ball rod, to the correct attachment of the tear or breakaway rope. This is important not only for your own safety, but for that of other road users.
Finally, make sure that your load is very thoroughly secured. Not only will this mitigate any swaying of the trailer, you could even rearrange it to help free the trailer should it become stuck.
Always remember, safety first.