What should I know about driving while towing a trailer?
Towing a trailer while driving means that you have a lot of additional things to worry about. You have a lot of extra length, your turns need to be wider, you have to make sure that the lane is clear for a good distance back before getting over… the list goes on. Here’s an introduction to what you should know about driving with a trailer in your SUV.
Don’t exceed 70 MPH with your trailer attached for the first 500 miles (towing miles on your specific engine).
Don’t leave your vehicle’s speed control system on. Turn it off completely.
Make sure to use the grade assist feature when climbing steep hills.
Slow down and stop more slowly. Plan for extra time.
Put the transmission in park (automatic) or neutral (stick shift) when you’re stopped in traffic to help cool the transmission down from towing a load.
Don’t overuse your brakes as they could overheat and not work as well. Use the lower gears in your transmission for engine braking.
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