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Towing Dublin ( We offer 24 hr towing roadside support in Dublin and its surrounding locations and a range of automobile rescue services. No matter what the problem is, we will enjoy to send out a fully geared up tow truck to you with a professional and trained tow truck driver to help you.

Towing other automobiles

Towing with a rope

Towing a car with a tow-rope is legal, subject to adhering to the appropriate road guidelines and policies, however it’s not something we normally advise.

Exceptions might be moving cars an extremely short range at low speed, either for security reasons or where restricted access (such as some car-parks) means other towing alternatives can’t be quickly employed.

Depending upon automobile design, the nature of the breakdown, major automobile damage could result from this type of towing. Numerous lorries nowadays will need tilt-tray towing.

There are likewise considerable safety risks. This could consist of:

  • an absence of power support to steering and brakes on the towed lorry.

Dublin Roadway guidelines define:

  • the towed lorry’s brakes and steering need to be in working order
  • If safe to do so, the car can just be pulled.
  • lighting requirements
  • ranges in between lorries
  • making use of cautioning flags/lights on tow lines.
  • towing mass limits, and motorist requirements

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

Towing with an ‘A‘ frame

Towing a car with an ‘A’ frame is generally restricted to specialist applications, for instance towing a little SUV behind a motor home.

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

While this form of towing may appear appealing, there is a thorough set of technical requirements” A” frame towing guide (PDF, 244 KB) that should be adhered to.

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 pulled in this way.

Some lorries, due to their style, threat substantial driveline damage so it is essential to constantly speak with the maker about its viability for the application.

Towing guidelines

The following are a few significant points from Dublin’s Transportation Operations (Road Usage Management– Road Rules) Guideline 2009.

A motorist must not tow a lorry in the evening, or in dangerous weather conditions causing minimized visibility, unless–.

  • ( i) the tail lights of the vehicle are operating successfully and are clearly noticeable; or.
  • ( ii) the automobile has portable rear lights that are running.

The motorist of a motor vehicle should not tow another motor vehicle unless–.

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

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

Keep a range of not over 4m between the vehicles if neither of the vehicles is a motorbike.

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

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

The caution material should–.

  • ( a) be considerably square or rectangular with 2 adjacent sides a minimum of 300mm long; and.
  • ( b) be connected midway along the towline; and.
  • ( c) show up for a minimum of 100m from either side of the caution product.

If the driver is towing at night, the motorist needs to ensure the warning material is lit by a light connected to 1 of the lorries.

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

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

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