Towing 101: what to know before you tow
Everything from tow balls, torque, trailers, tyres and how to drive when towing - there’s a lot more to know about towing that you need to know before you hit the road.
While being able to tow a trailer, caravan, or boat is one of the greatest conveniences a car can offer you, the consequences can be deadly if you don’t know what you’re doing.
The dangers of navigating a service station forecourt or a fast-food carpark is nothing in comparison to the dangers of a poorly-connected caravan or trailer while travelling 100km/h down the freeway.
Here is everything you need to consider before, during, and after you connect a caravan, boat or trailer to your tow vehicle.
Consider what’s doing the towing
Forget power, it’s torque that does all the work when you’re towing.
That’s why so many people turn to diesel engines for towing caravans and trailers. Modern turbo diesels can produce plenty of grunt without needing to rev too hard - making them ideal for hauling heavy loads.
If you’re looking to tow very heavy loads over big distances it’s worth considering something with a bit more grunt. Check out the specifications and make sure you’ve got at least 400Nm of torque; anything approaching 500Nm is even better. More than that is a bonus and will make much lighter work of towing.
Check out our article on the best cars for towing a caravan for specifics on what cars to consider.