In the realm of trucks, towing capacity is everything. But did you know there’s a right way and a wrong way to tow? Here are a few dos and don’t for towing in your new truck.


Confirm Your Truck’s Capabilities

All trucks have different towing capabilities. You should definitely consult your owner’s manual before tacking any particularly heavy duty towing jobs.

Secure Your Components

Make sure all of your trailer’s parts are secure and intact, or you could be in for a world of trouble if things fall apart as you drive. Better safe than sorry!

Distribute Weight Carefully

When loading your cargo, make sure it’s distributed evenly. This will make the trip easier on your tires, and your vehicle in general.

Reverse with Caution

Backing up in a truck with a trailer can present a challenge for even for the most seasoned drivers. Your trailer will steer in the opposite direction of your vehicle. Take this into account when you drive.


Forget About Your Tires

Don’t attempt to tow if your tires aren’t fully inflated.

Don’t Drive Recklessly

Avoid slamming on the brakes while you are driving, or tailgate or speed while you are towing. 

Don’t Overestimate Your Truck

Don’t try to tow more than your truck can handle.

Don’t Forget About Balance

Don’t pack your trailer unevenly.


Follow these do’s and don’ts and you’ll be ready for towing in no time. Additionally, if you’re looking for a shiny new truck to do it in, stop by one of our Payne dealerships, located conveniently throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Whether you’re in Weslaco, McAllen, Edinburg or Rio Grande City, our Payne car dealerships have a wide selection of models to choose from. With us, you’re sure to find just what you’ve been looking for. Schedule a test drive with us today!