How Do You Make Towing Safer?

2024 GMC Sierra HD towing a trailer

5 Top Tips for Safe Towing

One job that all pickup truck drivers often rely upon for their pickup trucks is towing a trailer, camper van, car or recreational vehicle. As much as towing adds to convenience, it also can be a tenuous process because you have to be careful while loading, hitching and driving your pickup truck on the road. To help you carry out the towing process safely and easily, the experts at Terra Nova Buick GMC have outlined below some safe towing tips and tricks that you should consider following on your next adventure. Take a look! 

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1. Check the Towing Capacity 

When loading, ensure the overall weight of the trailer with the items inside is less than the towing capacity to avoid overburdening your truck with the weight of a trailer or other items. If you are unsure about the towing capacity, refer to the owner’s manual to verify how much your pickup truck can tow.

2. Always Secure Your Load

Always fasten your cargo correctly to avoid unwanted accidents and ensure equal weight distribution. It is also essential to check the stability of your items to make sure they don’t move or collide while you drive across challenging terrain. 

3. Opt for the Right Hitch 

Look for a sturdy and stable option to ensure it holds your trailer or cargo safely. You can get in touch with our trained product specialists at Terra Nova Motors for proper assistance and guidance in choosing the right tow hitch for your truck and towing needs. 

4. Check your Tires 

Make sure your pickup and trailer have enough air in the tires before leaving. Under-inflated truck tires can cause balance issues and safety concerns. 

5. Adjust the Mirrors 

While towing a trailer, use the side and rear mirrors to be mindful of your blind spots and avoid potential collisions. Though new-age pickup truck models like the 2024 GMC Sierra 1500 come equipped with features like a Blind-Spot Monitoring System to monitor the sides, front and rear of the road for maximum safety, if you don’t have the latest model, you can always shop for GM-approved truck accessories for your vehicle at our dealership. 

Are you planning to tow a trailer or RV for your next road trip? Visit Terra Nova in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Labrador for a comprehensive vehicle maintenance service. Moreover, you can visit our site or dealership to learn more safe towing tips from our experts.