Traveling long distances is never easy. Questions of doubt and fear can be overwhelming like if you would take my car and when engine failure happens, how can you tow my car? If hiring a towing company, can they provide a professional towing service for your precious car investment?
Whether you are a professional or a greenhorn driver, learning to know about the fundamentals of towing is important and essential for any person who drives behind the wheel. We share below some basics of towing and steps on how to make sure you have a safe emergency towing method to use while traveling.
What is towing?
Towing is a process of hauling or pulling behind a line, chain, or other forms of connection. Commonly seen and performed on cars, trailers, tractors, waterborne vessels, and all sorts of transport vehicles.
What are the three different types of towing methods and how to use them?
There are three methods used in towing a transport vehicle namely the tow dolly method, trailer method, and tow bar method:
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1. Tow Dolly Method
This method is performed by lifting the front wheels of the vehicle and allowing the rear wheels on the road while being towed. It is one of the budget-friendly and safest towing options for your vehicle.
What are the steps in using the tow dolly?
2. Trailer Method
A trailer method is a towing process where a towed vehicle hauls or moves a trailer, sometimes the trailer is a massive transport vehicle while the towed vehicle is much smaller in size. It is recommendable to know beforehand the tow rating of the towing vehicle, rated enough to haul the weight of the car and trailer as well.
What are the steps in using the trailer method?
3. Tow Bar Method
A tow bar method is a towing method where all the wheels of the towed vehicle are on the ground while moving. A safety warning in using this method is that beforehand you need to detach the driveshaft to avoid damaging the transmission and always connect the brackets to the front frame of the towed vehicle.
What are the steps in using the tow bar method?
Connect the tow bar to the towing vehicle by joining the tow bar bracket to the towed vehicle. This can be done by sliding the bolts through both ends of the tow bar (connecting to the brackets).
Next, make sure the bolts are tight by using washers and nuts of the same bolt size. Tighten it by using a ratchet. Then, use the bolt, nut, and washers (together with the tow bar) in attaching the two tow bars coming from the bracket end on the towed vehicle to the pivot brackets.
Lastly, attach the chains from the towed vehicle to the pivot bracket from the base plate to the towed vehicle.
Additional Important Towing Tips:
Below are some extra driving safety suggestions to avoid accidents from happening during your towing operation:
What to do if in need of assistance?
If you find towing complicated and dangerous that would risk your safety and of your family, better call the professional towing company near you. Cape Coral Towing and Recovery Services Inc., Southwest Florida’s towing expert company has the resources, experience, and equipped with highly trained Cape Coral emergency towing experts in Florida.