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.