Tips for Safe Off-Road Towing in Nampa, ID

Tips for Safe Off-Road Towing in Nampa, ID

November 27, 2019

Off-road towing is an entirely different ballgame than on-road towing. Towing a trailer or other equipment behind your vehicle is much easier on paved surfaces than it is in off-road areas, so even if you’re experienced with towing with your vehicle, it’s a good idea to do a bit of research and be aware of some of the issues you’ll need to confront when trying out off-road towing in Nampa, ID. Here are just a few helpful tips for you to keep in mind.

Speed

Obviously, any time you’re towing something behind your vehicle, you’re going to want to keep your speed slow and steady, especially when the trailer is particularly heavy. You should always abide by the posted speed limits, but also make sure you’re complying with other applicable limits, such as the trailer’s or towing vehicle’s maximum towing speed limit (usually specified by the manufacturer). You’ll also need to consider the trailer’s and towing vehicle’s tire speed ratings, which must be equal to or greater than the manufacturer’s specifications.

Slowing down allows you to avoid putting too much stress on the towing vehicle, suspension components and drive train, and it makes it easier for you to react when things come up in your path, making for a safer journey.

Tires

If you plan to tow anything with your vehicle, especially if you’re going to be off road, you must make sure you have the proper tires and tire pressure. Tire experts will be able to help you choose tires that are an ideal fit for off-road towing. It is common for people performing off-road towing to reduce their tire pressure, but the pressure should really be primarily dependent on the weight of the load you’re carrying.

Overtaking

As a general rule, it’s best to avoid overtaking other vehicles at all if you can. However, if you do need to overtake other vehicles, try to contact them with a UHF radio, and make sure you have plenty of visibility before making the pass. Always overtake on flat ground or while going downhill, which will allow gravity to assist you in maintaining steadiness with your trailer.

Cornering

When making turns and cornering, always be sure to significantly reduce your speed while approaching the turn, and then accelerate gently but steadily out of the corner. Position the towing vehicle so it’s pointed toward the outside of each corner, and try to use as much of the space you have available to you. This will help you get around the corner safely.

Water crossing

If you find yourself in an off-road environment where you’ll need to make a water crossing, you should take some precautions to make sure it’s safe to do so. If you see swift-flowing water or large pieces of debris, then it’s best to find another route to get across the water. It’s also a good idea to test the current and depth by wading in, and finding potential hazards. If you do decide to go through, make sure you brake firmly in a straight line, and then release the brakes just before entry so you can raise the front of the vehicle. Maintain a steady speed all the way across. Obviously, don’t attempt to cross in areas that are too deep.

For more information about off-road towing in Nampa, ID, contact AATCO Transmissions and Towing today.

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