Did you know that many modern cars are unsuitable for flat towing and that some states have made the practice illegal altogether. Incorrectly towing a vehicle can result in significant damage to components including the driveline or transmission. Power steering and brakes do not function correctly without the engine running so there is also a safety aspect to consider.
You should always seek professional advice before attempting to tow any vehicle and be sure to check your local laws.
If you ever find yourself in the position of helping someone out with a tow, it is important that you know how to safely attach the tow rope.
Safety first - look around you, is it safe for you to tow? Will you get bogged and need help yourself if you assist the stranded motorist? Is the vehicle you are looking to tow much heavier than yours, if so it may cause your vehicle damage if you tow.
Is the vehicle to be towed safe to move? Even vehicles that have been in minor crashes may have sustained damage that could rupture a fuel tank or cause a wheel to come off when moved.
Don’t attach the tow rope to any steering, suspension equipment or rear axle on either car! This can cause significant damage to the vehicle.
Don’t attach a tow rope to a bumper bar.
These can easily come off modern vehicles and cause a very dangerous situation indeed.
Always read the owner’s manual before attempting to tow any vehicle.
Most modern vehicles have specifically designed tow points that should be used.
If in doubt, don’t attempt the tow, call a professional.
This may add time and cost to the initial incident, but will prevent possible expensive and inconvenient repairs being required down the track should your tow go wrong!