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How do you tow appropriately?

Towing Dublin (Towing247.ie): We provide 24 hours towing roadside support in Dublin and its surrounding locations and a variety of automobile rescue services. No matter what the issue is, we will be happy to send out a completely equipped tow truck to you with a skilled and expert tow truck driver to assist you.

Towing other vehicles

Towing with a rope

Towing a car with a tow-rope is legal, subject to complying with the appropriate roadway guidelines and guidelines, but it’s not something we generally recommend.

Exceptions might be moving cars a really brief distance at low speed, either for safety reasons or where restricted access (such as some car-parks) indicates other towing alternatives can’t be quickly utilized.

Depending upon car design, the nature of the breakdown, major lorry damage could result from this kind of towing. Lots of cars nowadays will need tilt-tray towing.

There are also significant security threats. This could include:

  • a lack of power assistance to steering and brakes on the towed car.

Dublin Roadway guidelines specify:

  • the towed vehicle’s brakes and guiding must be in working order
  • If safe to do so, the lorry can just be hauled.
  • lighting requirements
  • ranges in between automobiles
  • making use of alerting flags/lights on tow lines.
  • towing mass limitations, and chauffeur requirements

See Dublin’s Transport Operations Roadway Usage Management – Roadway Rules, Sections 216, 294 and 295 for more info.

Towing with an ‘A‘ frame

Towing a car with an ‘A’ frame is normally limited to professional applications, for instance towing a small SUV behind a recreational vehicle.

This type of towing involves the towed vehicle having all its wheels on the road and being connected to the tow lorry’s tow bar by a triangular shaped metal drawbar.

While this kind of towing might appear appealing, there is a thorough set of technical requirements” A” frame towing guide (PDF, 244 KB) that should be complied with.

These guidelines relate particularly to Dublin vehicles. There may be variations in other states so you need to inspect the relevant legislation in the state or area in which you are running.

Not all vehicles can be towed in this way.

Some lorries, due to their design, risk substantial driveline damage so it is very important to always speak with the producer about its viability for the application.

Towing guidelines

The following are a couple of significant points from Dublin’s Transportation Operations (Road Use Management– Roadway Rules) Policy 2009.

A motorist should not tow an automobile at night, or in hazardous climate condition causing reduced presence, unless–.

  • ( i) the tail lights of the automobile are running efficiently and are plainly visible; or.
  • ( ii) the automobile has portable rear lights that are running.

The driver of a motor vehicle need to not tow another motor vehicle unless–.

  • ( a) either–.
    • ( i) the motorist can control the motion of the towed lorry; or.
    • ( ii) the brakes and steering of the towed vehicle are in working order and an individual who is licensed to drive the towed automobile is sitting in the motorist’s seat of the towed lorry, and is in control of its brakes and steering; and.
  • ( b) it is safe to tow the lorry.

The motorist of a motor vehicle towing another automobile using a chain, rope, wire, material or strap (the towline) must;.

Keep a distance of not over 4m in between the vehicles if neither of the lorries is a motorbike.

Keep a range of not over 2.5 m between the cars if at least 1 of the vehicles is a motorbike.

If the towline is longer than 2m, connect a white or brightly coloured flag, piece of fabric or other similar product (the warning product) to the towline.

The caution product should–.

  • ( a) be substantially square or rectangular with 2 surrounding sides a minimum of 300mm long; and.
  • ( b) be attached midway along the towline; and.
  • ( c) be visible for a minimum of 100m from either side of the caution material.

The motorist must make sure the warning product is lit by a light attached to 1 of the cars if the chauffeur is towing at night.

Give us a call in Dublin on 087 6555561 today to read more about our tow services. We’re here to assist you if you need emergency situation roadside healing for any reason.

The towing source might be a motorized land car, vessel, animal, or human, and the load being anything that can be pulled. Historically, barges were hauled along canals or rivers utilizing tow ropes drawn by guys or draught animals walking along towpaths on the banks. Airplane can tow other airplane.

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