Tips on Pulling a Trailer
Many drivers purchase vehicles that have the capability to pull a trailer behind it, whether it’s for work, camping, boating or some other reason. But no matter the reason, it is important to understand how to drive with a trailer before you set off on your trip. So, we have some tips on how to pull a trailer behind your vehicle and a list of Honda vehicles and their available towing capacities.
Before You Drive with a Trailer
Like you would with most trips, before you start driving with your trailer, you should first double check the equipment. For instance, making sure that your trailer hitch is in good condition or that your trailer’s turn signals are in working order is important. There are also certain rules for those driving with trailers in different states, so it is a good idea to be familiar with the laws in your state or in the states you may drive to. In fact, here in Indiana, the laws for driving with a trailer include:
- Total length: 65′; Trailer length: 40′; Width: 102″; Height: 13’6″
- All trailers are required to have double safety chains
- Trailers that weigh at least 3,000-pounds must have brakes to control the movement, to stop and to hold both the towing vehicle and trailer
- Trailers or anything being towed must have at least 1 rear-mounted red taillight, 2 or more rear-mounted white taillights and a separate light to illuminate the rear plate
Remember to properly connect the trailer and hitch, as well as that everything is secure and working before you start driving.
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Driving on the Road with a Trailer
Before you start driving with your attached trailer, make sure that you are familiar with operating this combination. Many drivers practice in an empty parking lot in order to get used to maneuvering, backing-up, parking and braking with a trailer. It’s especially important to understand how turning in your vehicle works with a trailer attached—drivers need to overshoot turns and take them wide enough so as to not put yourself, other drivers or pedestrians at risk.
If you take a corner too tight, don’t panic, just stop and make sure the road behind you is clear so that you can back-up and take the turn wider. Also, be sure that you know the clearance of what you are towing, that way you won’t have to worry about not making it through a tunnel. Your trailer cargo should also be securely tied down so that you can prevent it from falling from the trailer or bouncing around as you drive. It will also take longer for you to stop with the larger the load you carry, so be sure to keep extra safe distance behind vehicles in front of you. And never tow beyond what your vehicle’s towing capability is.
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2018 Honda CR-V – 1,500-pounds
2018 Honda Pilot – 3,500-pounds with 2WD and 5,000-pounds with AWD
2018 Honda Ridgeline – 3,500-pounds with 2WD and 5,000-pounds with AWD
If you have any questions concerning driving with trailers or the available towing capacity of your Honda vehicle, you can contact us at Indy Honda and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.