According to Highways England, on average there are 4,809 towing incidents each year, which commonly occur on motorways and major A-roads. So to help you stay safe on the road, the National Trailer and Towing Association has issued some invaluable towing advice.
Towing a vehicle
The trailer operator or the driver of the towing vehicle, if different, has the responsibility for the safe operation of the trailer and needs to carry out the following checks:
Be sure to check that your driving licence entitles you to tow the combination of a vehicle and trailer.
Have you checked the weight? Remember to ensure that the ... Read More
Shearwater Insurance are thrilled to announce the launch of their new Quote and Buy Portal which allows customers to instantly get insurance cover for their horseboxes and trailers.
The portal is easy to navigate and after filling in some basic information customers can simply click for their quote. The quote is immediately generated and if suitable can be processed straight away, giving instant cover and peace of mind.
This new portal is perfect for those who are on the go or have made a horsebox or trailer purchase and want to be covered immediately.
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No-one likes to imagine the worst, but working out how you would deal with an emergency situation can make all the difference. If an accident occurs which involves a horsebox or trailer in which a horse or horses are being transported, there is a high possibility that the horses in transit will be trapped or injured. Even if the horses are uninjured, it may not be possible to move them out of the horsebox or trailer immediately and knowing how to handle an emergency situation is therefore essential.
• The most important thing under ... Read More
Part 5 in the Transport for Safety series is all about tyres!
TYRE CHECK LIST
1. Check that your vehicle has been fitted with the correct tyres. The type of tyres required for trailers are completely different than for cars and horseboxes.
2. Check that the pressure for the tyre is correct. This is easier to do than you think - you will find the required pressure printed in your manual. It is a good idea to keep a foot pump in your vehicle for emergencies, but make sure that the tyres are cold before checking.
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Following on from the success last month, Kelly Horseboxes have been kind enough to provide further information in their series of Transport for Safety.
1. Before loading, take time to familiarise yourself with the way that your box or trailer works. Make sure you understand how all the fastenings and safety catches work, and make sure that the vehicle is roadworthy and safe.
2. Both you and your horse need to wear protective clothing. The horse should have a suitable ideally leather, head collar and a long lead rein, along with a short safety tie up already in place in the vehicle. ... Read More
Kelly Horseboxes will be providing a Transport for Safety series for our readers.
In Part 1 - We take a look at simple but important Preloading Safety Checks before you set off on your journey,
• Windscreen – check that there are no cracks, other damage or objects obscuring the drivers view – this includes sat navs and rosettes attached to the windscreen! Also check that your washer fluid is topped up and your washers and wipers are working correctly.
• Head lights – ensure that both dip and main beam are working and there are no cracks in the lens of the lamp ... Read More