Take Extra Care and Caution for Legal Towing
ORILLIA, ON, Jan. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are reminding
snowmobilers to keep snowmobile trailers in good condition and to
operate them safely, legally and with great caution. With more riders
trailering snowmobiles greater distances each winter on public roads,
safety is a constant concern.
Watch Your Weight - Every driver should know the maximum towing capacity for the tow
vehicle, the maximum load capacity for the trailer being towed and be
sure that the weight of sleds, cargo and people does not exceed these
limits. It is also necessary to be in compliance with the specific
requirements for the weight of a trailer being towed as found in The
Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
Secure Your Trailer - Make sure that the ball-hitch on your tow vehicle is the right size for
the receiver on the trailer and that the lever closes firmly with a
safety pin in place to prevent it from opening accidentally. Hook the
trailer to your tow vehicle with safety chains by crossing the chains
underneath the trailer hitch. Use chains with "S" hooks that have
safety clips with closure capability to keep them attached.
Secure Your Sleds - While on a trailer, a snowmobile should be secured with no less than
three means of attachment to ensure the snowmobile does not shift in
transit or become dislodged in the event of a collision.
Check Your Lights - Check your directional signals and stop lights prior to every trip to
ensure they are working properly. Faulty connections due to exposure to
weather and elements can be a safety risk to you and other drivers.
Check Your Bearings, Wheels and Tires - Lubricate trailer bearings and tighten wheel lugs at least once a
season. Before each trip, check tires (including the spare) for cracks,
adequate tread and proper inflation.
Get Registered - Make sure the trailer is plated and registered with the Ministry of
Transportation (MTO). Even home-built trailers have to be registered
Use Proper Tow Mirrors - Properly sized and positioned side mirrors are crucial for safe lane
changing and keeping an eye on your load while you're hauling it.
Driving Tips - Make sure your tow vehicle has good winter tires. While towing the additional weight of a loaded trailer, it is very
important to moderate your speed, avoid jamming on the brakes or making
sudden manoeuvres, and to stay well back from any vehicle ahead. Be
careful while passing, watch out for crosswinds, and be sure to swing
extra widely on all turns. www.mto.gov.on.ca
For more information on trailering, go to: e-laws.gov.on.ca or www.mto.gov.on.ca.
The OPP is committed to saving lives on Ontario's highways, trails and
waterways through the reduction of preventable injury and death.
Initiatives are developed and delivered through the Provincial Traffic
Safety Program. Visit opp.ca for more information.
The OFSC is committed to proactive leadership in promoting safe,
responsible riding, on and off Ontario snowmobile trails, by building
safer snowmobiling knowledge, attitudes and behaviours through rider
education, safety legislation development and enforcement. For more
information, visit ofsc.on.ca.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contact: OPP Sgt. Lise Grenier, Specialized Patrol Coordinator
Provincial Traffic Operations, Highway Safety Division
Phone: (705) 329-7660
OFSC: Jean Noordhoff
Phone: (705) 739-7669 ext. 234