The Isuzu D-Max’s new lighter engine capable of delivering 164PS and 360Nm of torque, and with a capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes, it’s ideal for towing. Especially if you have an Isuzu Approved Tow Bar fitted. To ensure that you’re getting the best results out of towing, and you’re keeping to the regulations and law, here are some tips to help you out;
Whatever load you’re towing, there are some basic steps to follow to ensure that you’re towing safely and efficiently.
NEVER TOW WITH 100% CAPACITY
Besides the weight your trailer manufacturer states as the maximum towing capacity, it is good practice to target a figure of 85% of your vehicle’s kerb weight.
DISTRIBUTE THE WEIGHT
As far as practically possible, distribute the weight of your load evenly over the entire trailer.
Avoid overloading to one side or towards the front or nose.
Most trailers come with a ‘Recommended nose weight’, which you should follow.
LOAD WITH CAUTION
Your load must NOT go outside of the space defined by the edges of your trailer, as this can be very dangerous to other road users and pedestrians.
It can also can endanger you and any passengers by effecting the stability of both your vehicle and trailer.
Towing a load that sticks out beyond the edges of your trailer is not only dangerous but illegal.
KNOW THE LIMITS
Towing a trailer changes the speed limits you can drive at
- Built-up areas: 30mph
- Single carriageways: 50mph
- Dual carriageways and motorways: 60mph