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Top tips for towing a car

Don’t stress – follow these tips and you’ll be fine:

Top tips for towing a car

Top tips for towing a car

 

If the unthinkable happens and your Toyota lets you down, or (more likely!) you need to rescue another car, or if you unluckily get two flat tyres at once, you might need to know how to tow a vehicle or be towed.

Don’t stress – follow these tips and you’ll be fine:

 

Tips for the tower:

1.Use an actual tow rope and not just any old rope. (By law the tow rope needs to be 3.5 metres in length or shorter.)

2.Accelerate smoothly and gently, especially when pulling off. Remember to take up the slack in the tow rope before pulling off or you might jerk the car being towed into your own car.

3.Keep the speed down to 30km/h (a legal requirement).

4.Use your mirrors constantly to check on the car you’re towing.

5.Brake gently.

6.Always keep aware of traffic conditions in front of you so that you never need to brake suddenly.

 

Tips for the towee:

1.NB: Check the manual of your car before being towed – there might be specific things you need to do to avoid damaging your car. Also, some automatic vehicles cannot be towed with their drive wheels on the ground and need to be rescued by a flat-bed truck.

2.Switch your ignition on before being towed, to make sure that the steering doesn’t lock and the power steering and braking systems assist you, if they are operational.

3.Place the car in Neutral before being towed.

4.Keep aware of traffic and watch the car towing you carefully.

5.Remember to actively steer in tune with the vehicle towing you.

6.Try to maintain tension in the tow rope by braking very gently when necessary.

 

Roadside Assist

All New Toyotas come standard with Roadside Assistance* as part of the warranty, for the same duration as the warranty, which can easily be accessed through the MyToyota App

 

1.Out of fuel assistance 

2.Jump-start Service and/or replacement of battery (if battery is still under 1-year guarantee).

3.Change of flat tyre.

4.Key lockout Service

5.Towing of your vehicle to the nearest Toyota dealership in the event of mechanical/electronic breakdown

6.Message Relay service

 

The Roadside Assistance number is 0800 022 600 or 0800 139 111. ( For SA Only)

 

 

 

*Ts&Cs Apply

  

Warning! Towing a car with a rope or chain should be limited to short distances, and try to avoid highways as far as possible.

 

Top tips for towing a car

 

If the unthinkable happens and your Toyota lets you down, or (more likely!) you need to rescue another car, or if you unluckily get two flat tyres at once, you might need to know how to tow a vehicle or be towed.

Don’t stress – follow these tips and you’ll be fine:

 

Tips for the tower:

1.Use an actual tow rope and not just any old rope. (By law the tow rope needs to be 3.5 metres in length or shorter.)

2.Accelerate smoothly and gently, especially when pulling off. Remember to take up the slack in the tow rope before pulling off or you might jerk the car being towed into your own car.

3.Keep the speed down to 30km/h (a legal requirement).

4.Use your mirrors constantly to check on the car you’re towing.

5.Brake gently.

6.Always keep aware of traffic conditions in front of you so that you never need to brake suddenly.

 

Tips for the towee:

1.NB: Check the manual of your car before being towed – there might be specific things you need to do to avoid damaging your car. Also, some automatic vehicles cannot be towed with their drive wheels on the ground and need to be rescued by a flat-bed truck.

2.Switch your ignition on before being towed, to make sure that the steering doesn’t lock and the power steering and braking systems assist you, if they are operational.

3.Place the car in Neutral before being towed.

4.Keep aware of traffic and watch the car towing you carefully.

5.Remember to actively steer in tune with the vehicle towing you.

6.Try to maintain tension in the tow rope by braking very gently when necessary.

 

Roadside Assist

All New Toyotas come standard with Roadside Assistance* as part of the warranty, for the same duration as the warranty, which can easily be accessed through the MyToyota App

 

1.Out of fuel assistance 

2.Jump-start Service and/or replacement of battery (if battery is still under 1-year guarantee).

3.Change of flat tyre.

4.Key lockout Service

5.Towing of your vehicle to the nearest Toyota dealership in the event of mechanical/electronic breakdown

6.Message Relay service

 

The Roadside Assistance number is 0800 022 600 or 0800 139 111. ( For SA Only)

 

 

 

*Ts&Cs Apply

  

Warning! Towing a car with a rope or chain should be limited to short distances, and try to avoid highways as far as possible.