Driving with a trailer

Driving with a trailer* - automatic gearbox

Updated 7/23/2018

When driving with a trailer in hilly terrain in a hot climate there may be a risk of overheating.

  • An automatic gearbox selects the optimum gear related to load and engine speed.
  • In the event of overheating a warning symbol is illuminated in the combined instrument panel with a message that is shown in the information display - follow the recommendation given.

Steep inclines

  • Do not lock the automatic transmission in a higher gear than the engine "can cope with" - it is not always a good idea to drive at a high gear with low engine revolutions.

Parking on a hill

Depress the foot brake.

Activate the parking brake.

Move the gear selector to position P.

Release the foot brake.

  • Move the gear selector to park position P when parking an automatic car with a hitched trailer. Always use the parking brake.
  • Block the wheels with chocks when parking a car with hitched trailer on a hill.


See also the specific information on slow driving with a trailer for cars with the Powershift automatic transmission, see Automatic gearbox -- Powershift.

Starting on a hill

Depress the foot brake.

Move the gear selector to driving position D.

Release the parking brake.

Release the foot brake and start driving off.

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