Towing a car in safety
The driver towing must:
Drive with extreme care, keeping speed right down to a maximum of 15 mph. This minimises the forces generated and gives the driver being towed more time to react to what is happening.
Carefully use the clutch to pull away gently, to prevent any 'snatching' of the rope, which can result in the towed car being jerked forwards suddenly. This is not only uncomfortable for the driver, but is the main reason for tow ropes breaking.
Try to avoid any sudden braking. If possible, press very lightly on the brake pedal in advance of actually braking. This illuminates your brake lights and gives plenty of warning to the driver being towed. Remember, towing poles are not designed to act as a brake for the towed vehicle.
When towing a car, indicate in plenty of time in advance of any manoeuvre, to forewarn the driver being towed and all other traffic.
Avoid any sudden changes of direction or excessive manoeuvres, as the driver being towed will find it hard to steer and brake when the engine in their vehicle is not running.
The driver being towed must:
Carefully watch the brake lights and indicators of the vehicle that is towing, for maximum notice of any upcoming moves.
Actively steer and brake your vehicle in coordination with the vehicle that is towing.
Try to keep some tension in the towrope or towing pole at all times, which will minimise any jolting. This can be achieved by applying light braking pressure whilst being towed. When using a towrope, this will take up any slack and help to extend the rope's life by keeping it out of contact with the road surface.