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Flat Towing: 3 Tips for a Successful and Safe Tow

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If your car breaks down while you are out on the road, you will need to call out a tow truck so you can be rescued and taken to the nearest auto repair shop. During a typical tow truck rescue, your car will be winched onto the back of the truck or attached to the rear so only the rear wheels of your vehicle are in touch with the road. This type of towing does not require anyone to steer the vehicle being towed. However, sometimes a tow truck company may use a technique called flat towing, in which your car is pulled behind the tow truck. If this is the case, it is important that you understand how to control the car while it is being towed. Below are 3 tips.

Activate the ignition

Although your car will not need to power itself when it is being towed, it is important to activate the ignition switch before the tow truck sets off. When the ignition is in the off position, the vehicle's steering wheel will be locked in place, which will prevent you from controlling the vehicle.

Synchronise your steering and braking 

Once the tow truck has started moving forward and your car is being pulled behind it, you should pay close attention to the road up ahead and the movements of the tow truck. You should do your best to synchronise your steering inputs with those of the tow truck driver. You should avoid making any sudden or sharp movements on your steering wheel, as this could cause you to lose control of the vehicle. It is also important to remember that although the tow truck is providing forward motion to your vehicle, it will not help you to brake. As soon as the tow truck brakes, you should gently apply your foot to the brake to prevent a collision with the rear end of the truck.

Communicate with the tow truck driver and other road users

If you notice any problems with the tow line, you should sound your horn to attract the attention of the tow truck driver. If the electrical systems on your vehicle are operational, you should switch on the hazard lights to warn other road users that your car is being towed. If the hazard lights are not working, you should display an ON TOW sign on the rear of your vehicle.

If you have any questions about the process of towing a vehicle, you should contact a tow truck company today.