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Tips for Driving with a Horse Trailer

Driving with a horse trailer can be cumbersome and even a bit frightening if you have never done it before. When driving with a loaded trailer, it is important to remember that it will take you longer to stop and start your vehicle due to the added weight. As such, you should maintain an even greater distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. In addition, it is generally advisable to drive at least 5 miles per hour under the speed limit. To further ensure you drive safely with an attached horse trailer, keep these tips in mind:

  • Tips for Driving with a Horse TrailerUse a lower gear to travel up or down steep grades
  • On long grades, downshift the transmission and reduce speed to 45 miles per hour or less in order to reduce the risk of overheating
  • Change lanes gradually
  • Give the horses time to regain their balance when turning and straightening out
  • Travel over bumpy spots slowly
  • Take emergency kits for the vehicle as well as for both horse and human medical issues that may arise
  • Carry a list of emergency numbers with you to help assist if there are problems

Following these tips will not only help to ensure you arrive safely at your destination, but it will also keep your horse healthy and as comfortable as possible.

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