High Wind Trailer Driving

Sometimes the wind takes us by surprise as we’re hauling our trailers. It could be a perfectly calm day at one moment, and in the next, our trailers begin fishtailing. In the past, we’ve discussed fishtailing and trailer sway. Each time, we’ve mentioned the biggest culprit is the wind. How do you handle a trailer when driving in high winds? To help you out, we’re going to look over the following:

Towing a Trailer in High Winds

When your trailer is hit by a strong gust, the trailer will sway which could lead to serious damage. Therefore, our best advice for safely towing a trailer in high winds, is to avoid driving in high winds in the first place. Always try to plan your route around calm days. If doing so is impossible, then check the weather, and see if you can finish hauling your trailer before or after the weather turns windy.
Sometimes, this is impossible to avoid. Maybe the wind struck unexpectedly, or there was simply no way to schedule around it. People who have lived in Tulsa for a while know that the weather can change suddenly here in Oklahoma. In such instances, you need to make absolutely sure that everything in your trailer is hooked up properly. In addition, you will want to balance the weight of your load. An imbalanced load will only make things worse.

A Crosswind Hit My Trailer

High winds aren’t the only road hazard you need to worry about. On calm days, you can still experience crosswinds. The weather doesn’t even need to be unfavorable. It can happen because of something as simple as the air pressure caused by large truck passing your trailer. Those who have been hot shot trucking for a long time know this feeling.
The best advice for avoiding this situation is to pay attention to people passing you. Not only will you feel a push from them passing by you, but once they’ve passed, you’ll feel your trailer get pulled by the crosswind. If you’re caught unprepared, you could easily experience trailer sway.
Be warned, however, that sometimes crosswinds might not even be caused by passing vehicles. Sometimes a gust of wind can hit you suddenly. In all of these cases, the best way to remain calm, and slow down.

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Stop My Trailer from Swaying

The second most important pieces of advice we can give for driving in high winds is DO NOT try to correct your trailer. If you try correcting its sway, you are very likely going to make the swaying worse.
Instead, you should slow down by letting off of the acceleration. Don’t come to a sudden stop. Make sure you slow down gradually. Don’t use your vehicles brakes unless you absolutely have to. As we said before, remain calm. Panic will make things worse.
In conclusion, avoid windy conditions when possible. If impossible, be ready for crosswinds, and should your trailer begin swaying, let off the acceleration.
If you’re looking for someone to haul a load for you, you can always contact us here at Eagle HotShot.