Driving Safely with a Trailer

Operating speed when towing a trailer is restricted up to 100 km/h.

In addition to the normal precautions, place wheel chocks at each of the trailer's tyres.

We recommend you drive uphill or less than 12% slope. Follow the trailer association’s recommendations for suitable roads.

Winds caused by passing large vehicles can sway your trailer, keep a constant speed and steer straight ahead.

Always drive slowly and have someone guide you when reversing.

Things You Need To Know Before Towing a Trailer

  • Have the trailer properly serviced and keep it in good condition.
  • Make sure that all the weights and load in the vehicle and trailer are within limits.
  • Securely attach the tow bar, safety chains, and other necessary parts to the trailer.
  • Securely store all the items in and on the trailer so that they do not shift while driving.
  • Check if the lights and brakes on the trailer are working properly.
  • Check the pressures of the trailer tyres, including the spare.
  • Check regulations concerning the maximum speed or driving restrictions for vehicles towing trailers. If you are driving across several countries, check each country’s requirements before leaving home, because regulations may vary.

Towing Speeds and Gears

  • Drive slower than normal.
  • Obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers.
Continuously variable transmission models
  • Use the D position when towing a trailer on level roads.

Turning and Braking

  • Turn more slowly and with a wider turning arc than normal.
  • Allow more time and distance for braking.
  • Do not brake or turn suddenly.

Driving in Hilly Terrain

  • Closely watch your high temperature indicator. If the indicator remains on, turn off the heating and cooling system*/climate control system* and reduce speed. Pull to the side of the road safely to cool down the engine if necessary.
Continuously variable transmission models
  • Shift to the S position and use the paddle shifter to shift down when driving down hills.
    This helps to increase engine braking efficiently and prevent the brake system from overheating.

* Not available on all models

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