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 unit. Don’t forget the sidelights and on larger vehicles; top marker and side marker lights.
• Brake lights and indicators – ask someone to check that the brake light and rear indicators are working.
• Tyres – check the tread depth and the side walls for evidence of damage
• Floors and ramps – check for signs of rotting or any damage
• Latches – ensure all latches and bolts are well lubricated for ease of opening in an emergency but also that they are tight enough and will not fail
• Number plate – check that all number plates are clearly visible, clean and match the vehicle
Part 2 of our Transport for Safety series is how to be prepared if you are unlucky enough to experience a breakdown.
When travelling horses you should always:
• Make sure you have a Phone and charger – your breakdown/insurance company will need to keep in touch with you.
• Keep details of your insurance company and breakdown service in your vehicle and make sure you have read and understood what your policy covers including how your vehicle and horses would be recovered.
• Know your tyre size and if possible carry a spare.
• Make sure you carry the correct fire extinguisher and it is easily accessible.
• It is a legal requirement to carry a horse’s passports when travelling – professional transport companies may refuse to move your horses if the correct documentation is not present.
• Make sure you have enough water and hay even on your way home – you could end up being a couple of hours longer than planned.
• Keep extra rugs in your vehicle – even summer evenings can be cold, and you could be out later than planned.
• Keep spare head collars/ropes and any other loading equipment required for the horses you are carrying with you – as you may need to get them and onto another lorry.
If you are unlucky enough to have a breakdown, remember to:
• Call your insurer or breakdown provider
• If you are in a dangerous or vulnerable position, contact the emergency services
• Do not take your horses out of the vehicle
• In case of an engine fire risk – ensure you have easy access to the correct extinguisher and know how to use it
• Be prepared for a wait – on average, it takes 60-90 minutes for a commercial agent to reach you
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