Honda CR-V: Towing a Trailer / Driving Safely with a Trailer

Honda CR-V 2017-2023 Owner's Manual / Driving / Towing a Trailer / Driving Safely with a Trailer

Operating speed when towing a trailer is restricted up to 65 mph (100 km/h).


In addition to the normal precautions, place wheel chocks at each of the trailer's tires.

Things You Need To Know Before Towing a Trailer

  • Have the trailer properly serviced and keep it in good condition.
  • Make sure that all the weights and load in the vehicle and trailer are within limits.
  • Securely attach the hitch, safety chains, and other necessary parts to the trailer.
  • Securely store all the items in and on the trailer so that they do not shift while driving.
  • Check if the lights and brakes on the trailer are working properly.
  • Check the pressures of the trailer tires, including the spare.

Models with Auto Idle Stop

  • Turn off the Auto Idle Stop system using the Auto Idle Stop OFF button. The trailer weight can affect your vehicle's brake effectiveness if Auto Idle Stop is activated on a hill while towing a trailer.

Towing Speeds and Gears

  • Drive slower than normal.
  • Obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers.
  • Use the Honda CR-V. Driving Safely with a Trailer position when towing a trailer on level roads.

Turning and Braking

Turn more slowly and with a wider turning arc than normal.

Allow more time and distance for braking.

Do not brake or turn suddenly.

Driving in Hilly Terrain

  • Monitor your temperature gauge. If it nears the white (H) mark, turn off the climate control system and reduce speed. Pull to the side of the road safely to cool down the engine if necessary.

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