In order to tow a car, the car needs to be loaded onto the trailer before the trailer is attached to the towing hitch. Vehicles can be towed using a trailer that lifts the car completely off the road or with a tow dolly. A tow dolly keeps the front wheels off the ground while allowing the back ones to roll.
Following a few steps makes towing a car a simple process.
- Choose your towing equipment A trailer is best for all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicles. It adds a great deal of weight to the towing load and may be too heavy for smaller automobiles. By keeping the wheels off the ground, it minimizes mechanical wear. A towing dolly is lightweight, but puts more wear on the vehicle. It is suitable for front-wheel drive cars.
- Load the car When using a trailer, the vehicle needs to be centered to evenly distribute the weight. With a dolly, the vehicle is driven up on the ramp.
- Connect the trailer The trailer is connected to the hitch and lined up with the towing vehicle's tires. Lights may require a wiring kit for proper connection
- Prepare the car for towing A car on a trailer or a dolly needs to be secured using tie downs. The emergency brake should be set for vehicles on a trailer, while a car on a dolly should be put into gear.