There’s nothing that says “summer” quite like hooking your boat up to your GMC truck and taking it out to the lake for some fun in the water. Whether you’re planning on going fishing or tubing, though, it’s important you know how to tow your boat. Here are some quick tips for towing your boat that will help you feel more confident out on the road.
Watch your acceleration. When you have a boat attached to your vehicle, it will take a lot longer to accelerate than usual. Keep this in mind as you merge onto highways or make turns – you might need extra space between you and that car in the distance.
Increase your following distance. Just like it takes longer to accelerate, the extra weight of your boat will mean you have a longer stopping distance. This means you should increase your following distance, so you avoid any potential rear-end collisions.
Keep an eye out for fishtailing. Even when you’ve determined your tongue weight and made sure your boat and load are distributed properly, fishtailing can happen. When this does occur, remember to slow down gradually and try and keep your steering wheel as straight as possible. Avoid the temptation to brake to slow down – this can actually increase the fishtail.
Finally, though, if you need a new vehicle to pull that boat, make sure to stop in to Transwest GMC!