Cars don’t always break down in the most convenient places. If you find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere with a stalled vehicle, you may need to have it towed.
Having a towrope is a must. These ropes are extremely strong and are designed not to stretch too much when pulling heavy loads. You can find them at most auto parts stores. If you happen to have a chain, you can also use that to tow the vehicle.
When connecting the broken-down vehicle to the tow vehicle, make sure the distance between the two cars measures approximately 1.5 meters. If the distance is any longer than that, make sure that other drivers can easily see the rope so that they realize that the vehicle in the back is being towed.
You should also use a sign to alert other drivers. You don’t need anything fancy. A simple piece of paper with the words “BEING TOWED” written on it should be adequate. Stick this sign in the window at the back of your vehicle so that the people behind you can see it.
To avoid damaging the vehicles, always start slowly when you begin moving. Avoid jerking on the chain or rope. This could not only cause it to break but could also wind up damaging one or both of the cars. Anytime you need to change lanes, turn, or come to a stop, always signal well in advance so that other drivers know what you are doing.
Even when you are having your vehicle towed, you should still be fully in control. Turn the key in the ignition before towing begins so that you can easily steer the vehicle. Always follow along with the vehicle that is towing yours, turning at the same time and using your brakes at the same time.
To keep the towing rope taut, lightly press on your brakes. This will help reduce the chances of having your vehicle jerk around. If your brakes aren’t working, you won’t be able to properly control your car while it is being towed. In that case, you will need to contact a professional towing company for assistance.
These towing tips should help you get your vehicle safely back to where it belongs, even when it is not running. If not you can give us a call.