Towing your car with another car is a far worse situation than waiting for a tow truck. Many people believe that it’s better to tow a car with a tow truck than with another car. But sometimes in life, there are scenarios in which you are stuck in a remote area and can’t get help from a tow truck company or your towing company is unable to track you down. In situations like these, you have to improvise and may have to tow your car with another car in order to get to a safe place.
There are some things that you should know before attempting to tow your car with another car. Here are some of the things that you need to check:
- Tow rating of your vehicle
- If your vehicle has a tow hitch installed
- Determine if the car you are towing has 2WD (2-wheel drive) or 4WD (4-wheel drive)
- See if the vehicle you are towing is automatic or manual
- Check if your vehicle is 2WD and if it is a front-wheel-drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicle.
- You can determine all of this by checking your car’s manual.
There are different methods you can use to tow a car with another car. In this blog post, we will discuss the different methods that can help you to tow a car with another car.
Few Simple Guidelines
So, before we jump into the details of different methods of towing a car with another car, there are a few simple guidelines that you should follow.
- The most important thing is that the tow vehicle must be larger and heavier than the car being towed since the towing vehicle will require more braking and engine power in order to move and stop two cars.
- Then the second step is to make sure that there is no one in the car being towed. As it is illegal as well as very unsafe for a passenger to be in a towed vehicle. This also applies to pets.
- The next step is that you need to turn on the ignition of the vehicle being towed so that the steering wheel doesn’t lock up.
- Lastly, if you are towing a vehicle at night, switch on the parking lights of the vehicle being towed so that motorists and other vehicles following can see it.
Now we will discuss the different methods you can use to tow a car with another car.
Tow The Car With A Chain
This is one of the methods you can use to tow a car with another car, but towing a car with a rope or chain should be your last resort and should only be done for short distances at low speeds and on local roads. You should never tow another car with a rope or chain on a highway.
If you are going with this method, then it’s essential to know how to tow a car with a chain or rope. Never use an old rope or chain to tow a vehicle. Old ropes are thin and frayed and old chains can become cracked and rusty, they can easily snap under the stress of towing a vehicle and create a potentially dangerous situation.
Make sure that the chain or rope you are using is neither too long nor too short as this can also cause problems while towing. Lastly remember that when towing a car with another car using chains and ropes don’t stop too quickly as the car being towed will be in neutral and will not be able to stop and will slam into the tow vehicle, causing damage to both cars.
Tow The Car With A Dolly
Using a tow dolly is a popular method to tow a car with another car, a tow dolly is like a small trailer. A tow dolly keeps the front tires of the towed vehicle off the ground helping to reduce the driveline wear on the car being towed. The key benefit of using a tow dolly to tow a car with another car is that it does not push the vehicle being towed into the tow vehicle when brakes are applied. These tow dollies are lightweight so you can easily rent them from a storage or moving facility.
However, in any case, it is better to call a professional towing company to help you out rather than experimenting yourself as you might end up damaging both vehicles.
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