HOW TO TOW – BEING TOWED > USING ROPE.
Imagine that you are in the situation where there have no tow truck, tow bar or tow dolly around you.Imagine that you are in the rural areas or in village or in jungle whre it is very hard for you to find any tow truck.So, here we want to share some tips and information with all of our readers.Believe it or not, the simple act of towing or being towed has a certain set of rules to be followed in order to achieve a smooth, carefree ride.So, today we will cover the basics of towing by means of rope.
Let’s say that you have your broke down car, a friend with a functional vehicle and a piece of rope.And let’s say that this is the last resort,what would you do?.
First of all, you need to check if the rope you will use is long enough to ensure the towed car has enough room to manoeuver and brake if necessary. Usually, a minimum 2 meter long rope should do the trick. You should also make sure the rope is not longer than it should, so that in bends it doesn’t rub against anything on the side of the road.
The second thing you need to do is to make sure the rope is solid enough to support the strain of the pull. To be honest, there’s no real good way to check this, yet you should be able to determine whether it will be up to the task or not just by looking at it. Usually, towing ropes found in stores are long and strong enough to withstand the stress.
And last but not least, you should make sure the car doing the pulling does not exceed its towing capacity. This is a figure provided by the manufacturer of the car, which tells you how much weight is the vehicle able to pull without coming apart.
After all these safety checks are out of the way, you need to connect the rope to the two cars. When using a store-bought rope, it is enough to couple the hooks at each end of the rope to the hooks fitted on each of the cars.
Let’s say that you are the guy who doing the towing, there are some unwritten rules that you need to comply.You need to make sure that when you depart you do so slower than usual, that’s the first.And you also need to make sure the rope between your car and the one behind gets fully extended, without giving it a jolt, before moving to the next phase.You may break he rope if you don’t do that.
When the rope is fully extended, the excess weight of the towed vehicle will rock your car a bit. Don’t get scared and press the throttle, or the rope will break.
You should evenly increase the speed of your car so that the one behind is set in motion. Be careful to evenly apply extra pressure on the throttle. If you push to hard and the car accelerates in one swift move, the rope will break.
SPEED AND BEHAVIOR.
Once in motion, you should maintain a low speed. Most countries have regulations when it comes to how fast you may travel when towing by means of rope, so make sure you stay legal. If you need to drive even slower than that limit, feel free to do so. Keep the speed as constant as you can and try not to engage into passovers. Keep the car close to the right side of the road (left side for right hand drive countries) so that you don’t interfere with normal traffic. Make sure the emergency lights are functioning, to warn others you have a problem.
Driving slowly will also help you avoid sudden braking. No one really cares you are towing something, so they will attend to their regular business: illegally crossing the street, jumping in front of your car, passing you with the speed of sound and so on. Avoiding sudden braking will help your car stay intact. If the driver of the car you are towing doesn’t pay enough attention to what’s happening, he/she may easily rear-end you.When you brake, make sure the one behind sees you doing that. Give him/her enough time to react.
The key aspect of being towed is to also watch the rope. Whereas the car in front needs to accelerate smoothly enough not to break the rope, you should try to keep the rope as extended as you can. Loosely translated, this means you should maintain about the same distance between the two cars at all times. How do you do this? Brake at the same time and with as much force as the car in front does. This will make both of the cars avoid neck wrecking/rope breaking jolts.
Should the situation be reversed and you are the one getting towed, it doesn’t mean you’re there for a joy ride. In fact, your actions may be more important than the ones performed by the car in front.
Make sure you are properly sit in the driver’s seat, as you usually do. Even if you are getting towed, nothing has changed: neither the car nor the traffic laws. Keep at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times. The only pedal to be used when getting towed is the brake. Make sure you have the right foot positioned over it at all times.
There’s no need to tell you to watch your speed as this aspect of the ride isn’t really up to you, but to the driver in front. What you should do is mimic, to the letter, the actions of the car doing to towing: if it signals right, you signal right. If it turns left, you turn left. If it stops, you stop. Your eyes should always be on the stoplights of the car in front. As does the car doing the towing, yours too needs to travel with the emergency lights switched on.
We hope that you will get something with all of this informations.This is really useful for you.