For many people, pickup trucks serve a very utilitarian purpose. Sure they may look good, but the vehicles are great for moving around large objects in their bed.
Another benefit is their ability to tow, as most boast enough power to handle a good many things that could be attached. Some trucks can haul more than others, but most can at least have something latch on to them for a ride.
Yet while trucks are certainly good for towing, getting things set and lined up for the process is not exactly easy. That's especially so given how little practice the average truck owner actually gets at towing, which is about two times per month.
Technology is here to help
If towing something large, say a boat or trailer, is too intimidating for you to even attempt, a newer-model truck may have the solution. And that solution comes from advances in technology. It's sort of high-tech meets muscle.
You know how most newer cars have backup cameras? The new high-tech trucks ave something like that, only with the ability to help you line up and connect whatever it is you are looking to tow.
Certain models, such as the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, come with an app that is both in the truck and for your phone. It offers step-by-step instructions along with a checklist to make sure you don't miss anything en route to hooking up and even testing your connection.
At some point these perks may not matter as much, especially as one becomes more experienced and comfortable with towing. But other features of the app include a trailer light test that will cycle through an exterior light sequence and test turn signals along with brake and backup lights.
That's not all, though. The truck will also feature an automatically activating parking brake that will keep the truck in place after backing up to a trailer, making sure that it does not move even a few inches after shifting into park.
That's the tech, but it's not all
Although the new technology is cool and should be quite helpful, something else Chevy is adding could prove to be just as valuable. If you look at a 2019 Silverado there will be a custom label on the door, one that lists things like its maximum payload, tongue weight and vehicle weight rating.
That is a great idea because even trucks that look the same may have different limits, and it is good to know what yours is before asking it to do too much.
Ford is also in on the game
Chevrolet's 2019 Silverado is packed with towing-friendly features, but a few years ago Ford added some backup assisting to its F-150 line. That provided a knob that was used to guide the trailer left or right as you were backing up to it.
That was exponentially better than having to turn the truck to line up with the trailer, which in turn made the entire process much, much easier.
If you're in the market for a pickup truck, be sure to check out the new tech options to fit your needs. And if you don't find it yet, it's surely coming soon with even newer technology.
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