Some motorists may be hitting the road with their caravan in tow excited for a relaxing holiday, others may only be towing after a car breaking down. Being able to tow another vehicle and being towed yourself are essential skills that all motorists should have in case of emergencies.
The Rules of Towing
When towing a car, there are certain factors that must be done to keep safe.
- The ‘on tow’ sign must be displayed so other motorists can see it.
- The maximum distance between both cars is 4.5 metres.
- A rope or chain is the receptacle that must be used.
- If the distance between the rope is longer than 1.5 metres, then the rope or chain must be clearly marked with a bright tag.
- The person being towed must be a qualified driver.
- The broken-down car’s lights must be fully working to be towed
The Car Being Towed
First things first, make sure your ignition is on, this helps with steering as power steering is activated when the ignition is turned on. When being towed by the vehicle in front, be sure to actively steer and break in sync with them. This helps to keep the tension on the rope and lower the risk of jolting. Ensure you stay alert as if you were driving yourself and pay close attention to the vehicle towing you, actively looking out for breaking and indicating.
The Car Towing
Slow and steady is definitely the key to making this experience easier – never accelerate over 15mph. Take care when pulling away to prevent suddenly yanking on the rope which could cause the vehicle being towed to run into the back of you. Tap gently on the breaks when slowing down to warn the driver being towed as well as indicating well in advance of a manoeuvre or change of direction. Lastly, make sure you are checking your mirrors more often than normal to ensure everything looks ok.
Here at Allied Autocare, we can help if something goes wrong with your vehicle. If you find yourself in need of a repair, give us a call on the number at the top of the page.