Tips on Trailer Towing

Before you haul the boat up for a weekend at the lake, you should understand trailer towing basics so that "the one that got away" is only a fish. Here are a few tips from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Don't forget to check with your state's motor vehicle department for safety tips and regulations specific to your area. For more information, contact your Acura dealer.

Towing 101

Do not exceed the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating). This is the maximum weight that your vehicle can carry, including driver, passengers and cargo. You can find this information in your owner's manual. Stay balanced. A trailer is designed so that the hitch weight is approximately 10 percent of its gross weight. This is called the Trailer Vehicle Hitch or Tongue Load Weight and helps ensure stability for road handling. Make sure tow vehicle and trailer tires are properly inflated and rated for the maximum weight capacity to be towed. Do a safety inspection of all components before any trip.

Backing Up

Always remember that when moving in reverse, the trailer will turn in the opposite direction of the tow vehicle. Turn the tow vehicle's wheels to the right to make the trailer go left, and vice versa. Move the wheel slowly, as sharp steering wheel corrections can cause the trailer to "jackknife" and crash into the tow vehicle.

Content may not apply to all models. Consult your owner's manual for specific information about your vehicle.