While towing companies are there to get you out of a problem, like your car not being able to move itself, personal towing is a different world. We would like to say that this is best left to the experts, but we understand the human nature of ‘do-it-yourselfers’.
Personal towing involves using a privately owned vehicle with a trailer hitch to transport cars or cargo. While not as mechanically involved as using a towing business, there are certainly still certain things you need to know and precautions you need to take when securing your tow job.
Luckily, most personal towing operations don’t involve the heavy chains and winches that a business tow truck might use for its business. Hydraulics and elevating platform are more for the professionals while your average car or truck is simply going to have a trailer hitch attached to trailer or a vehicle in need of a tow.
If you find yourself needing to tow something yourself, heed these guidelines to ensure safety for both yourself and your possessions:
Cars Must Be in Neutral
Anytime you are towing, pushing, or moving a car with the engine off, the vehicle must be in neutral. Neutral keeps the wheels from locking, which allows the tires to turn while being pulled along on the road.
Missing this crucial step results in severe damage to your car. Failing to put a towed car in neutral can cause the following harm to the following parts:
- Gear shifts
This is entirely preventable by keeping your car in the right gear for towing. Remember, if you’re ever moving the car with the engine off, the car needs to be in neutral.
Check the towing lights
Trailers and other towing platforms should come with lights wired to the trailer frame. Making sure you correctly wire these lights to your car for power is not only required by the law, but a smart idea.
Signal lights are required by law for road use and most trailers block the view of the towing vehicle’s lights. Because of this, signal lights are required for trailers. They take over signal duty by receiving power from the towing vehicle. These lights can be built into the trailer, or you can purchase external lights that are placed on the towed trailer or car.
No Passengers Allowed
In many states, it is illegal to have passengers in a vehicle that is being towed. Some tows require a person to sit in the driver’s seat to steer the towed car’s tires properly, but there is no need for a passenger. In fact, having a passenger can offset the tow and cause vehicle swerve and sway while on the road.
Make sure you’re following these guidelines and you’ll always have a safe and successful tow. Make sure to consult either your vehicle or the trailer’s recommended towing guidelines as well.
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