Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What should I know about driving while towing a trailer?

asked by on

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.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. What should I know about driving while towing a trailer?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Need to know my van's towing capacity

Hi there. With the correct hitch and equipment being used on the vehicle, according to specifications, you can safely tow a maximum of 3600 pounds. If you add any more than this you will surpass what this van's towing capacity,...

Q: Motor oil

It will not hurt your motor if you use regular oil after using synthetic oil. Just make sure to drain as much out as possible, and change your oil filter. There is no difference in motor design. Some manufacturers prefer...

Q: Truck failed emissions test

If you want your Ford Ranger to pass its emissions test, diagnosing those five codes will be your start to correcting any problems that are currently preventing your Ranger from passing the test. Due to the information provided being a...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.