By Kirill Maksymiak September 27, 2023

Navigating Calgary’s Snowy Roads Safely: Tips for Winter Towing

Calgary’s winters are famous for their snow and ice, which can make towing a trailer a challenging endeavor. Whether you’re moving cargo, transporting equipment, or embarking on a winter adventure, it’s crucial to prioritize safety when towing during the cold months. At Hetman Rental, we understand the unique challenges of winter towing, and in this article, we’ll provide you with essential tips to ensure a safe and smooth towing experience in Calgary’s snowy conditions.
1. Check Your Towing Vehicle
Before you hit the road in winter, make sure your towing vehicle is in excellent condition. Have a qualified mechanic inspect your vehicle’s brakes, tires, lights, and heating system. Proper maintenance is critical to ensure your vehicle can handle the added stress of towing in cold weather.
2. Choose the Right Tires
Invest in high-quality winter tires for both your towing vehicle and your trailer. Winter tires provide better traction on snow and ice, enhancing your ability to control your vehicle while towing. Proper tire pressure is also essential, so regularly check and adjust it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
3. Use Weight Distribution Systems
If you’re towing a heavy trailer, consider using a weight distribution hitch. This system helps distribute the weight more evenly across the towing vehicle and trailer, improving stability and control, especially on slippery winter roads.
4. Slow Down and Increase Following Distance
In snowy conditions, it’s crucial to reduce your speed and increase the following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Towing a trailer requires more time and distance to stop, so give yourself ample space to react to sudden changes in traffic.
5. Be Cautious on Hills
Calgary’s terrain includes many hills, which can be particularly challenging in winter. When towing uphill, maintain a steady speed and avoid sudden acceleration or braking. When descending, use engine braking and downshift as needed to avoid skidding.
6. Clear Snow and Ice
Before hitting the road, ensure your trailer and towing vehicle are free from snow and ice. Clear snow from the roof, windows, lights, and mirrors to maintain visibility. Also, check that your trailer’s brakes and lights are functioning correctly.
7. Plan Your Route
Plan your route in advance and stay updated on weather and road conditions. Avoid steep, narrow, or less-traveled routes, as they can be riskier in winter. Consider alternative routes with less elevation if possible.
8. Carry Winter Essentials
Pack a winter emergency kit that includes items like warm blankets, extra clothing, a flashlight, non-perishable food, and a first-aid kit. You should also carry a shovel, sand, or cat litter for traction in case you get stuck.
9. Brake and Accelerate Gently
Practice gentle braking and acceleration to avoid skidding or jackknifing. Slow down well in advance when approaching intersections, stops, or turns, and start slowing down gradually.
10. Stay Informed and Flexible
Keep an eye on weather forecasts and road conditions. If conditions worsen, be prepared to adjust your plans, delay your trip, or find a safe place to wait until the roads are clearer. Safety should always be the top priority.
11. Get Professional Advice
If you’re new to winter towing or have concerns about your trailer’s compatibility with snowy conditions, consider seeking advice from professionals or experienced winter towers. They can provide valuable insights and guidance.
Hetman Rental: Your Winter Towing Partner
At Hetman Rental, we’re committed to ensuring your towing experience in Calgary’s winter is safe and stress-free. We offer a wide range of trailers suitable for various winter needs, all maintained to the highest standards for your peace of mind.
Towing in winter requires extra caution and preparation, but with the right knowledge and equipment, you can navigate Calgary’s snowy conditions safely. By following these winter towing tips and choosing Hetman Rental for your trailer needs, you can enjoy a worry-free towing experience, no matter the season.
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