How do you tow a car on your own?

Towing Dublin ( We provide 24 hr towing roadside support in Dublin and its surrounding areas and a range of car rescue services. No matter what the concern is, we will more than happy to send a totally equipped tow truck to you with a professional and skilled tow truck driver to help you.

Towing other vehicles

Towing with a rope

Towing a car with a tow-rope is legal, based on complying with the pertinent roadway guidelines and guidelines, however it’s not something we normally suggest.

Exceptions might be moving lorries a really brief distance at low speed, either for security factors or where limited access (such as some car-parks) implies other towing alternatives can’t be quickly utilized.

Depending upon lorry style, the nature of the breakdown, severe automobile damage could result from this type of towing. Numerous vehicles these days will require tilt-tray towing.

There are likewise significant safety risks. This might consist of:

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

Dublin Road rules define:

  • the towed lorry’s brakes and guiding should remain in working order
  • the car can just be hauled if safe to do so.
  • lighting requirements
  • ranges in between lorries
  • using alerting flags/lights on tow lines.
  • towing mass limits, and chauffeur requirements

See Dublin’s Transport Operations Road Usage Management – Road Rules, Sections 216, 294 and 295 for further details.

Towing with an ‘A‘ frame

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

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

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

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

Not all cars can be hauled in this manner.

Some cars, due to their style, danger extensive driveline damage so it is necessary to always consult the maker about its suitability for the application.

Towing guidelines

The following are a couple of essential points from Dublin’s Transport Operations (Road Usage Management– Roadway Rules) Guideline 2009.

A chauffeur should not tow an automobile during the night, or in harmful weather conditions causing lowered visibility, unless–.

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

The motorist of an automobile should not tow another automobile unless–.

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

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

If neither of the vehicles is a motorbike, keep a range of not over 4m in between the vehicles.

Keep a distance of not over 2.5 m between the lorries if at least 1 of the lorries is a motorcycle.

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 warning material need to–.

  • ( a) be rectangle-shaped or considerably square with 2 adjacent sides at least 300mm long; and.
  • ( b) be attached midway along the towline; and.
  • ( c) be visible for at least 100m from either side of the warning product.

If the motorist is towing in the evening, the motorist must make sure the warning material is lit by a light connected to 1 of the automobiles.

Give us a call in Dublin on 087 6555561 today to learn more about our tow services. We’re here to help you if you require emergency situation roadside recovery for any factor.

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

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