Breaking down in the middle of nowhere can be any driver's worst nightmare, and that's why you should consider taking out roadside assist insurance, just in case. However, it's well-worth knowing how to tow a vehicle safely in case you need to help out a friend who doesn't have access to a towing service.
Towing safety tips
Before you even think about towing a vehicle, have a good look over the tow rope or towing pole you plan to use to make sure it is in good condition with no weak or damaged areas. Also, remember that cars following you will be unaware that the vehicle in front of them is being towed, so you must display an 'On Tow' sign in the rear window.
You must leave the ignition switched on in the towed vehicle; otherwise the steering lock will be engaged. Remember that, with the engine switched of, the towed vehicle won't have power steering or braking, making it much heavier to steer and slower to respond to pressure on the brake pedal.
Tips for towing
Tips for towed drivers
Taking out a roadside assistance policy is the best way of ensuring that you make it home safely in the event that your car breaks down. However, if you do end up towing someone else, follow the above tips for a safe and successful experience.
Hi there! Brenton here. I'm a bit of an adventurer and I've actually driven around Australia three times. From the Nullarbor Plains to the Gulf, I have driven on some seriously bad roads. After my first trip, I learnt that despite my bush mechanic skills, I can't always fix vehicles. I've become quite an amateur expert on how to avoid breakdowns as well as the best towing services to access when all else fails. I have lots of other mates who like going off the beaten track and I'm always giving them tips in case they need to be towed for assistance. Australia is a vast country with lots of isolated patches, so it's best to be prepared. I hope this blog gives you an insight into the best towing services and shows you how they can be a lifesaver in desperate circumstances. Please drive in!