Trailering is a skill, just like many other aspects of driving, that takes time and effort to perfect. Whether you’re helping a friend move to Garland, Texas, or you’re planning a cross-country road trip with a trailer, keeps these tips for trailering with your truck in mind.
Pick a truck
Before you can tow a trailer, you need to get the right truck for your towing needs. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is great for smaller trailers, as it will tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped with a 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel engine. You also can’t go wrong with the 2021 Silverado 1500, which will tow up to 13,300 pounds when properly equipped.
It’s also important to practice before you embark on your journey. Familiarize yourself with the hitch and trailer, and make sure to note the blind spots. It’s especially important that you test the brakes and get a feel for how having a trailer affects your driving.
Leave more room
Be sure to increase your following distance when trailering. Trailers add weight, which means deceleration takes longer. You don’t want to end up slamming the brakes with a 7,000-pound trailer behind you.