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Five Essential Towing Tips for Stormy & Windy Weather

The winter holiday is a great time to get away for a while and one fun way to travel is to pack a camper and take a road trip. There’s nothing like the freedom of going wherever you like and enjoying watching the winter out the window of your cozy camper. As Roseville is not exactly known for having cold winters we’d like to give you a few tips for towing a camper in stormy and windy weather.

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Like everything in life a little preparation can prevent a lot of problems down the road (pun intended). The two most important things to do before setting out on a road trip, especially during the winter is to plan your route ahead of time and to check the weather forecasts in the areas where you will be traveling and staying. It is advisable to plan your route according to the weather, look for the route with the most convenient weather conditions for driving. Don’t forget that towing a camper will make driving in stormy and windy weather more difficult. If you need to reach your destination at a specific time make sure to plan extra time for driving slowly.

Pre-Trip Car & Camper Check

You know how important it is to make sure that your car is in top shape before taking a road trip, well, it is even more important when you’re about to drive in bad weather. If your car needs to be serviced don’t wait until you get back from your trip. Make sure that your car is well maintained and ready for the trip. Check your tires to make sure that they will be safe for driving in the wet weather. If you are not car savvy, ask your mechanic to do a pre-trip check for you. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t Test The Waters

If you come across a large puddle or any standing water on the road and you can’t tell how deep it is do not attempt to drive through it. If you have no choice but to tow the camper through the water do so very slowly, be considerate of the other drivers and once you’ve reached the other side make sure that your car is dry and none of its systems have been affected by the water.

Driving In The Rain

If your car is ready for the weather you should be fine but you still have to take the wet roads and other drivers into account. Don’t forget that breaking times are longer on wet roads, and visibility is poor, so make sure you can see everything that is going on around you, especially the drivers ahead of you.

Driving In The Wind

To keep your vehicle and the camper stable in heavy winds you must slow down. Strong winds significantly affect handling and braking of the car. Be prepared for sudden gusts of wind hitting the car, this happens when you drive past large trucks. Keep your hands firmly on the steering wheel and enjoy the drive.