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.