I was taking my 1995 Dodge Ram & 1996 Glick 2-horse bumper pull in for some maintenance and repairs, when I realized I didn’t have any breaks on my truck coming down the driveway! Thankfully, there was any traffic coming on our quiet, country road; but now I was starting down a somewhat steep hill towards a 90-degree turn.
It was a miracle that I was able to stop the rig right before the sharp turn. In hindsight, there were a couple of things I could have done; but as we know, hindsight is 20/20. I could have downshifted and/or I could have turned the dial on the trailer brake & hypothetically could have used the trailer brakes to stop the rig but ultimately, I believe, my guardian angels brought me to a safe stop in a shady area.
I called my husband, who was on his way to the service station ahead and asked him to turn around. I then called USRider and was asked a series of questions and in less than an hour, we had a very courteous, friendly, funny and an efficient towing company loading my Ram onto a flatbed and then hooking up my horse trailer to tag along!
My husband and I led the way to the service station and my rig was unloaded in no time. It was discovered that the brake line had rusted out. I thank God that I was protected since this could have had an entirely different outcome.
What if my husband had been sitting at the end of the driveway waiting for me and I had pushed him into oncoming traffic because I couldn’t stop?
What if when I had recently transported two loads of 60 bales of hay? What if the brakes went out as I approached a red light and couldn’t stop?
Above all, the worst probably for most horse people would have been if my precious horse had been with me and the brakes went out.
We moved from eastern Pennsylvania to central Ohio less than three years ago! I began my USRider membership specifically for that trip but this recent incident shows that whether you are traveling interstate or just “down the road”, USRider is there to provide professional roadside assistance. Thank you USRider!