When you’re hitting the road with your horses, the more visible your horse trailer is the better chance you have of standing out to other drivers and potentially avoiding an accident. There are a number of ways you can help to make your horse trailer more visible. These tips will get you started.
Choose a Light-Colored Trailer
When you first start shopping for a horse trailer, try to purchase a trailer in a lighter color, such as a white or light silver. Darker colored trailers do not stand out as easily in the early morning, late afternoon, and night, meaning that other drivers have to rely more on your horse trailer’s lights to tell where it is on the road. Another advantage of buying a light colored trailer is that it won’t absorb the sun’s rays as readily as a dark trailer will, keeping it a few degrees cooler in the summer.
Add Reflective Strips and Patches
While many horse trailers come with some reflective material on them, adding more will only improve your visibility. You can purchase large reflective strips and patches from auto supply stores or from online retailers. These strips are generally self-adhesive; just make sure that you clean and dry the areas of application before you apply the reflective material. Adding reflective material to the back and sides of your trailer can make a big difference in nighttime visibility.
Drive with the Headlights On
Whenever you’re hauling your horses, always drive with your truck headlights on. You should also make sure that all of your trailer lights are working properly – this is something you want to check before every trip. Your horses’ safety depends on it.
Install Your Own Trailer Lights
Many horse trailers fall short when it comes to significant lighting. Older trailer models in particular may have small or dim brake lights. You can improve your trailer’s visibility by installing new or additional trailer lights. Additionally, LED lights are significantly brighter than many of the standard lights used on trailers. Investing in quality lights will help your trailer to better stand out to other drivers, especially during the vital times when you’re braking or turning.
There are a number of ways to improve your trailer’s visibility. It’s a great idea to have a friend hitch up and drive your trailer around in different conditions, such as when it’s dark or rainy out. Follow your friend in your car to see how visible your trailer is and what changes you might make to improve its visibility.
The next time you give your trailer a tune-up, check out its visibility and see what you can do to improve it.