Towing Tips and Driving Pointers

November 8th, 2018 by

Here at Glenbrook Dodge Jeep® RAM, we have an incredible selection of the best new 2018 and 2019 models for sale. For many drivers, shopping for a specific vehicle comes down to taste as much as it does to what you need. Since some of our most popular models like the 2019 RAM 1500 and 2019 Jeep Cherokee are so versatile, we wanted to share some quick tips for towing.

Whether you drive a pickup truck or an SUV, towing a camper or trailer can seem like a tricky task. However, by learning the necessary steps and settings, you’ll be up and towing in no time.

When setting up to tow, you’ll need the right equipment for your specific haul. If you’re pulling a vehicle, for example, you’ll want a tow dolly, which lessens the load on the towing vehicle. When towing a trailer with cargo, you’ll need to ensure you’re loading cargo correctly.

To correctly load cargo, think about how to best evenly distribute weight. As a general rule, however, most of the cargo’s weight should be toward the front of the trailer. If you’re towing a boat or other heavy item, make sure you read your manual to ensure you have the correct hitch.

Whether you’re driving around Indianapolis, IN or venturing further out, proper driving is vital. An essential tip is to drive slow, as the increased weight means you need more distance to accelerate and brake. You’ll also be making wider turns, so stay mindful of your surroundings.

Many vehicles like the RAM 1500 feature special driving modes and technology to make towing easier. Consult your owner’s manual to learn which settings and features are best to use, like the Integrated Electronic Trailer Brake Controller and the Active-Level™ Four Corner Air Suspension system.

Before you head out to tow anything, it’s always smart to ensure that your vehicle is up to the task. Visit our Fort Wayne Chrysler dealership today for expert service and parts. We’ll help you find everything you need for your towing adventures.