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Whether you're planning to pull a caravan, a trailer, a horse box, a boat or anything else, you need to do it safely and legally. Our guide to towing gives you all the information you need to get started and ensure your towing experience goes smoothly.
Towing has several impacts on driving that need to be understood in order to tow safely. From the effects on steering and braking to unique concerns such as “snaking”, you’ll find all the information you need here.
Reversing can be tricky when your towing. Our reversing guide aims to give you the main points your should be aware of when you need to reverse your towing vehicle.
At Mitsubishi our heritage in 4x4 cars and pickups is second to none and many of our cars can be used for towing, whether commercially or recreationally. Below you can see how our cars perform with:
Pulling a load inevitably impacts on the performance of your vehicle. Stopping distances increase, cornering and manoeuvres take longer and require extra care. Being familiar with how your vehicle behaves when towing is really worth the time and effort.
Environmental factors can impact on the driving experience much more noticeably, particularly strong cross-winds. Take note of the weather forecast and be just that little bit more careful.
National speed limits apply (in the UK) but on dual carriageways and motorways towing vehicles are limited to 60mph and required not to use the right-hand lane on motorways.
Generally just remember that you have a heavier load than usual and that therefore it will take longer to stop.
Avoid braking sharply especially on bends as the trailer momentum can cause you to jack-knife. Reduce speed well before a corner and then ease back onto the accelerator as you come out the other side.
The term "snaking" refers to when the article being towed moves out of line with the towing vehicle and begins to shift from side to side. Unless it is stopped snaking can easily cause a loss of control over the vehicle.
Snaking can be caused by incorrect load placement (usually too far to the rear), side winds, or instability in the balance of the trailer itself.
When it occurs, snaking can be stopped by changing down a gear and taking both feet off the peddles, keeping the steering wheel straight and lightly applying the brakes if going downhill
Do not attempt to accelerate out or try and beat the motion by steering as its more than likely that you’ll just make the problem worse. Keep the vehicle straight and slow down gently.
It is also possible to purchase stabilisers to improve the stability of a trailer and these are particularly useful on high-sided trailers such as caravans and horse boxes. Stabilisers should not be considered a substitute for good loading and driving practice.
Always check your trailer before every journey. Essential checks on tyre pressure and general condition are essential.
Refer to the manufacturers instructions for information about service intervals and every day maintenance as this can be different for different types (such as commercial trailers, caravans, etc.)
Always ensure you keep up with the recommended maintenance and servicing of your trailer.