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Towing: A Gateway to Your Passions

Truth be told, towing a trailer probably isn't something anyone dreams of doing—but it's often required for you to enjoy your favorite hobbies. Towing a trailer often determines how fast you can go or even the lanes in which you can travel. While towing a trailer, you can measure acceleration with a sundial, and forget about passing anything—especially a gas station. You can’t stop quickly either, and turning takes up more room than some motorists are willing to give you.

The good news is that once you arrive at your destination, whatever you are hauling provides a welcome escape. Whether it’s pulling your boat to the river, your race car to the track, or a fleet of ATVs and motorcycles to your favorite riding area, or camping with your family, towing can be the gateway to your passions. Towing can help you and your family expand your recreational opportunities.

But like so many other things, towing a trailer has a learning curve, so it’s critical to learn to tow a trailer safely and successfully, every time, and that’s where we come in. is here to help provide a solid understanding of the fundamentals of towing and provide tips and information on techniques and products that can help you make the process smoother and safer. We offer tow vehicle evaluations you can use to help find the truck or SUV that best suits your needs. After all, the more knowledge you have, the more comfortable you will be once you are on the road—and comfort goes a long way toward enhancing safety.

During his career, OTG editor and publisher Brett Becker has sold hitches and towing accessories, worked the counter in parts stores and new car dealerships, researched, photographed and written extensively on towing for a variety of publications and corporations, and logged thousands of miles towing boats and cars over unfriendly terrain and in nasty conditions. His writing and photography have appeared in such publications as Automotive News, The Orlando Sentinel, Powerboat magazine, and Performance Racing Industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's in mass communication from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

"I poured all that knowledge, education and experience into creating the content for," he said. "The best part is that I'm still learning new things all the time, and I'll be sharing the lessons learned on the site. My goal is to help readers 'pull it right and get there in one piece.'”


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