Honda Civic: Towing Equipment and Accessories - Towing a Trailer - Driving - Honda Civic Owners ManualHonda Civic: Towing Equipment and Accessories

Towing equipment varies by the size of your trailer, how much load you are towing, and where you are towing.

■ Hitches

The hitch must be of an approved type and properly bolted to the underbody.

■ Safety chains

Always use safety chains when you tow a trailer. Leave enough slack to allow the trailer to turn corners easily, but do not allow the chains to drag on the ground.

■ Trailer brakes

There are two common types of trailer brakes: surge and electric. Surge brakes are common for boat trailers, since the brakes will get wet. If you choose electric brakes, be sure they are electronically actuated. Do not attempt to attach trailer brakes to your vehicle's hydraulic system, as it will lower braking effectiveness and create a potential hazard.

■ Additional towing equipment

Many states and provinces/territories require special outside mirrors when towing a trailer. Even if mirrors are not required in your locale, you should install special mirrors if visibility is restricted in any way.

■ Trailer light

Trailer lights and equipment must comply with federal, state, province/territory, and local regulations. Check with your local trailer sales or rental agency for the requirements in the area where you plan to tow.

Make sure that all equipment is properly installed and maintained, and that it meets federal, state, province/ territory, and local regulations.

Consult your trailer sales or rental agency if any other items are recommended or required for your towing situation.

The lighting and wiring of trailers can vary by type and brand. If a connector is required, it should only be installed by a qualified technician.

    Towing Preparation
    Towing Load Limits Your vehicle can tow a trailer if you carefully observe the load limits, use the proper equipment, and follow the towing guidelines. Check the load limits before driving. ...

    Driving Safely with a Trailer
    ■ 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 a ...

    See also:

    Cruise control indicator light
    This light illuminates when the “CRUISE” main switch is pressed. NOTE • If you press the “CRUISE” main switch button while turning the ignition switch “ON”, the cruise control functi ...

    Connecting procedure
    1. Press the SETTING button on the instrument panel and select the “Bluetooth” key on the display. 2. Select the “Connect Bluetooth” key. 3. A popup box will appear on the screen, pro ...

    Programmable memory buttons
    General information The Owner's Manual can be stored on the programmable memory buttons and called up directly. Storing 1. "Owner's Manual" Select via the iDrive. 2. Press the desired ...