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Tips for Towing a HorseboxThe Land Rover Defender is commonly cited as an all-rounder. Not only is it a fully capable off-roader, it is also an ideal towing vehicle for trailers, caravans and horseboxes.
In today’s article though, we will be focusing on the latter.
If it is your first time towing a horsebox, even though you have a suitable vehicle for towing, there are still a few things you need to remember before you can set off with the box in tow. Below we have compiled just a few tips and tricks for towing a horsebox.
Preparation is Key
Like any other situation, preparation is key when it comes to towing a horsebox. This means ensuring you are focused when driving and ready to slow down earlier.
As you are carrying extra weight, it is important to remember that your towing vehicle will not stop as quickly as you may think. Taking the time to slow down a little earlier, and brake more gently will help.
In the event of an accident, you need to make sure you have adequate cover in place, so you aren’t stranded by the side of the road for too long. You should also pack hi-vis garments in case you breakdown in the dark. This, coupled with hazard lights, will ensure vehicles see you by the side of the road and will help to prevent a collision.
If you’re struggling to secure your horsebox or find the correct position on the road, so as not to be a risk to other drivers, there are additional tools you can use to help you.
An example would be extensions for your wing mirrors, which can help if you’re unsure how stable your box is during your travels. There are many other aids you can use to help you through your journey too, so it’s always worth checking out a few forums and browsing the internet, to see what you can find before you set off.
Practice makes Perfect
Lastly, if you’re still feeling a bit nervous about towing a full horsebox, it is always best to try it without horses first. This will allow you to get used to the motion of the horsebox whilst you drive, as well as how much space the box takes up on the road and the best position to be in when travelling. This will help to ensure a safer journey for both horse and driver.
These are just three tips for towing a horsebox. It can be a stressful situation if it is your first time, however, by keeping these hints in mind and ensuring your used Land Rover Defender is in good condition, your journey should be smooth-sailing.