Can any car be towed

Apr 10, 2019 Automotive

Can any car be towed

Not everyone, even “professionals” know that not every car can be towed. There are cars that need to be towed in a careful, special way, but also those that should not be towed. We give you a hint, on the…
Can any car be towed?
Not everyone, even “professionals” know that not every car can be towed. There are cars that need to be towed in a careful, special way, but also those that should not be towed. We suggest what to pay attention to and what to remember during holiday trips.
Not everyone, even “professionals” know that not every car can be towed. There are cars that need to be towed in a careful, special way, and there are also cars that should not be towed. The way in which their cars are towed should be paid special attention by car owners with automatic gearboxes, four-wheel drive and hydropneumatic suspension. This is important, because a person who is far from home, on a holiday journey, in stress and nerves, may incur greater costs and losses due to improper attempts to tow his car.
Towing cars with automatic transmission
Towing cars with automatic transmissions is forbidden by vehicle manufacturers at the moment when the drive wheels are in contact with the road surface during towing. The roadside assistance should be more cautious about such tasks, although when towing a vehicle with an automatic transmission over a distance of 50 km and at a speed not exceeding 50 km/h in motorway conditions, the damage to the mechanisms is small enough not to cause any damage. The best thing to do, however, is to call a trailer and transport the car to the workshop. If this is not possible, set the gear shift lever to “N” and start the engine if possible. It is absolutely forbidden to tow vehicles in the event of a breakdown in the transmission or a lack of oil. Only the trailer or butterfly remains here.
Towing four-wheel drive vehicles
Towing four-wheel drive cars can be a problem. Here you must remember to disconnect the drive from one of the axles. If you forget about this or have a car with a fixed drive on both axles, you have to take into account the complete destruction of the central transmission. An off-road vehicle can be towed in the hallway or simply transported on a trailer.
Towing cars with hydropneumatic suspension
Towing cars with hydropneumatic suspension is very problematic. The suspension, known from the Citroen design, falls when the engine is switched off or malfunctions due to a lack of pressure, which reduces the clearance between the chassis and the surface to a few centimetres. There is no need to say what the attempts to tow a car can end up with. Roadside assistance companies have at their disposal special cranes which can be used to move the car onto a trailer, preferably with a hydraulically lowered platform.
Basic rules for towing
The basic rules for towing are specified by the applicable Highway Code. A car with an efficient steering and braking system can be towed on a towing line from 4 to 6 meters long, marked with red and white stripes or a yellow flag. If the braking or steering system is not working, a trailer, a “butterfly” or a rigid hall with a length of up to 3 meters remains to be towed. If you decide to use a rigid towing vehicle, remember that one braking system must be absolutely functional. When towing in a built-up area, a speed limit of 30 km/h applies, and outside the built-up area of 60 km/h. Do not tow the vehicle on the motorway. The law allows only towing by a special tug and only until the nearest exit. The towing vehicle must have the dipped headlights on and the towed vehicle must have a warning triangle on the left and the position lights on when visibility is poor.