Farmers Almanac is predicting a bad Winter in Iowa: Is your trailer prepared?

Oct 25, 2022 | Trailer Axles

The following guide answers the popular question – Is Your Trailer Prepared for Winter?

Farmers Almanac Predictions in Iowa: Winter will be colder and drier than normal, on average, with the coldest periods in mid- and late December, early and late January, and early to mid-February. The snowiest periods will be in late December, early January, and mid-February. April and May will be warmer and drier than normal.

As the temperatures start to drop, it’s important that your trailer is ready to endure the harsh winter conditions in Iowa. As roadways get icy or snow covered this winter, keep these tips in mind to tow safely out on the roads. 

Regular Maintenance Checks

Getting regular maintenance checks before the Winter hits is important. Maintenance checks will identify any potential problems with your trailer. You should identify any potential issues, or worn or damaged trailer parts before the temperatures drop and the roadways become covered. 

Clear Snow Off your Trailer

Have you ever been driving down the interstate and your windshield gets hit with a giant chunk of ice or snow from a semi trailer in front of you? Be a considerate driver on the road and always clear the snow off your trailer before towing.

Snow Tires or Snow Chains

Snow-ready tires can keep your trailer stable in inclement weather. Icy or snow covered roads pose a risk when towing a trailer. Snow tires are important for safely slowing down or breaking on winter roads.

If you are traveling through an area with snow, having snow chains on hand can save you if you hit winter weather.

Consider Trailer Brakes

The most dangerous part about towing a trailer in inclement weather is being able to stop in time when towing a heavy load. Consider trailer brakes if you are going to be towing on roadways that may be snow or ice covered.