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ProPride Hitch: 5 tips for towing in the snow

Posted by ProPride Hitch on 24th Jan 2022

ProPride Hitch: 5 tips for towing in the snow

Don’t make towing any more difficult than it needs to be during the winter stretches. Those icy and cold months can produce dangerous roadways, presenting all kinds of challenges when it comes to towing a camper or equipment.

At ProPride Hitch, we want you to be safe and secure on the road – and the same goes for your cargo. By following these helpful tips, you should be able to safely navigate your payload through the wind, cold and snow offered courtesy of Mother Nature.

Tires

Other than maintaining your engine, making sure you have correct tires is probably the most important aspect of driving – not just towing. Without proper tires, your vehicle’s performance and safety will leave a lot to be desired.

Make sure you have the right tire for the right vehicle and trailer. This is not a situation in which you’d want to save a few pennies, either. Don’t go cheap on tires for your towing vehicle or trailer/camper/RV.

All-conditions tires or snow tires should help keep your ride safe and smooth. Use the quarter trick to check the tread, ensuring you have enough grip to traverse through snowy and icy conditions.

Trailer Brakes

Trailer brakes come in handy, especially while driving under dangerous conditions. The trailer brake allows the driver to distribute the brake force in an attempt to eliminate swaying and fishtailing. In addition, the trailer brakes help take some of the stress off your vehicle’s brakes, so that way they’re not doing 100 percent of the work.

Stay smooth

Don’t mess around with a good thing, basically – right? If you’re moving along at a good pace, there is no need to adjust speed or change lanes, or even touch your steering wheel (unnecessarily, of course). Just be easy. Go with the flow. A smooth and steady ride will still get you to your destination, so there’s no need to rush through lanes or hammer the gas pedal.

Pay attention to your tires. Monitor the feel and sound, making sure you’re making good contact with the road. In some instances, you may want to knock the snow out of the wheel wells while you’re stopped to refuel or grab some food.

Maintain momentum

This one piggybacks off the previous point, but it’s worth repeating and separating into its own category: Momentum is important.

Getting stuck is one of the worst-case scenarios for a driver, especially if they’re hauling a load. Avoiding these moments can be rather easy, and it’s all attached to your momentum. Again, a smooth and steady ride will get your and your cargo safely to its destination.

Don’t use cruise control

This can be dangerous because of the everchanging road conditions. Let’s say you’re driving with minimal visibility, rapidly approaching a snow-covered stretch that you didn’t see coming – and you’re still moving along at 55-60 mph … then boom, you hit that bank of snow covering the road and lose control of your vehicle.

That’s a bit dramatic, sure. But it can happen.

Never use cruise control while driving in snow. Cruise control is designed for predictable conditions with smooth roadways, not for unpredictable weather that can change within minutes or hours.