Driving Safely with a Trailer

■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 hitch, 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 tires, including the spare.

■Towing Speeds and Gears

• Drive slower than normal.
• Obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers.

Automatic transmission models

• Use the trailer on level roads. 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.

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

■Driving in Hilly Terrain

• Monitor your temperature gauge. If it nears the red (Hot) mark, turn off the air conditioning and reduce speed. Pull to the side of the road safely to cool down the engine if necessary.

Automatic transmission models

• Shift to the transmission shifts frequently. position if the transmission shifts frequently.

If you use the paddle shifters when driving uphill and downhill, select 3rd, 2nd, or 1st gear, depending on the vehicle speed and road conditions. Do not use 4th and 5th gears.

Automatic transmission model

Automatic transmission model

If the automatic transmission fluid temperature exceeds the specified limit, the transmission will also automatically downshift to the 1st gear, even in the sequential shift mode. The gear position indicator blinks for a few seconds, then stays on.

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