Safety Check List for Trailers
Keeping your horse trailer road worthy
Horse trailers need regular checks and preventative maintenance to keep them in the best road safety condition. Below we have complied a list of the key checks that you as the driver should carry out on a regular basis, we would even recommend every time you hook up take 10 minutes or less to perform a trailer safety check. Following these guidelines will help ensure you and your livestock are safe and also pose no danger to other road users.
Some horse trailer insurance policies have a clause that invalidates the insurance if the trailer comes unhitched from the towing vehicle in transit. Please do check with your broker have the clause retracted.
Keep these clean at all times, secure, correct color and positioned correctly. Reflectors should be mounted between 15" and 60" from ground level. It is standard that all trailers should display 2 red reflectors mounted at the rear of the trailer, keep these as far part as possible.
Front and rear lights
Check all lights are working, clean and securely mounted to the trailer frame. Minimum requirements are 2 rear stop lights and indicators. Additional lights can be mounted to side of the trailer to indicate lane changing or your intention to turn right or left. If possible use hand signals in addition.
Exterior spare Wheel
Often overlooked, make sure it is inflated to the correct pressure and thread is at least 1.6 mm. All tire weight ratings must be adequate for the axle and load weight.
Vehicle to trailer coupling
Check breakaway cable is correctly and securely fixed and will not snag if called into action.
Check all doors and windows for any signs of wear and tear, take note that the state of these can act as a deterrent to any would be thief. All mud guards and fenders should be checked for any sharp edges as this is both dangerous and prohibited by UK law
Check all towing mirrors are clean and mounted safely to the towing vehicle. They should not vibrate when in transit
VIN and Paerwork
All trailers must have Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) which must be physically verified against supporting paperwork.
Lastly, you can consider taking out specific horsebox breakdown cover should you have a breakdown on route to an important event. The cover is available for horsebox or for car and horse trailer.