Whether for pleasure or work, towing is an important part of many vehicles’ jobs, and the ability to confidently pull some sort of trailer ranks high on the list of concerns many prospective buyers consider before purchasing a vehicle. However, there are some preparations to keep in mind when towing, and here’s a breakdown on the safety features that GM recommends disabling before towing with its products.
There are a number of features and technologies The General recommends deactivating prior to towing a trailer, including:
- Park Assist
- Reverse Automatic Braking
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Braking
- Lane Change Alert
- Adaptive Cruise Control (unless the vehicle is equipped with trailering functionality)
- Super Cruise (unless the vehicle is equipped with trailering functionality)
In addition, the following features should be set to Alert unless the vehicle in question is equipped with Super Cruise:
It’s worth noting that General Motors also advises against using Automatic Parking Assist while pulling a trailer. Additionally, some technologies may automatically turn themselves off if a trailer is detected by the vehicle.
In other GM-related, GM Authority reported back in October 2023 that the Detroit-based automaker was working on a system for a wireless trailer connection. At present, data transmission and communication requires some type of physical connection through electronic wires. As such, these systems can become compromised if the physical connection becomes disabled in any way.
In today’s age of digital systems, electric vehicles, and automation, a cutting-edge wireless towing solution can make sense to a lot of customers. In fact, The General has filed other patents that enhance outdoor-oriented activities, like a tow assist system that could enable vehicles to boast larger towing capacities, or a system capable of estimating the energy consumption of an off-roading EV.