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The Dangers of DIY Towing – Why You Should Hire A Professional Towing Service

Posted on 25th, June 19

Have you ever been tempted to attempt a DIY tow? After all, how difficult can it be, right? Quite difficult, actually. Towing a car is not as easy as it looks. In order to tow a car, or any vehicle, successfully, you need to take into account a lot of factors. You need the right equipment and extensive experience to ensure that the towing goes smoothly, without any complications. Towing a vehicle is a job that requires professional expertise and not something to be attempted by amateurs. If you need to tow your car or any other vehicle, be sure to hire a Professional Towing Service Sydney for the job.

An experienced Towing Service like 1st Choice Towing Sydney will ensure your personal safety and that of your vehicle, and last but not the least, the safety of others on the road as well.

The importance of torque in towing

Torque is the degree to which a vehicle will rotate while you’re towing it.

Ever seen a person towing a trailer or a boat on a windy day? Notice how the trailer or boat they are towing will ‘sway’ from side to side.

This is especially so if they are driving on a hill or elevated stretch of road.

Torque is dangerous if you aren’t used to it. If you tow your vehicle, or a friend’s vehicle using ‘rope’ to do so, your greatest risk is that of the rope snapping.

If this happens, you can cause a serious accident that can endanger many lives – including your own.

Take the A-Train or the A-frame?

It’s really up to you. But from where we sit, we suggest you take the A-frame if your car is not a very expensive one.

What is an A-Frame? An A-frame is a term used to describe the triangular shaped metal joint that Towing Companies use to connect their vehicle to a car, truck, van or SUV that has broken down.

It is a safe way to tow a vehicle but the tow must still be carried out by a tow truck driver who is trained, certified and licensed to tow vehicles that have broken down.

If the A-frame is not securely bolted to the vehicle being towed, it can break away while in transit. This can cause havoc on the road that you will ultimately be responsible for as the driver of the vehicle.

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Road rules when it comes to Towing a Car, Van, SUV or Truck

Many are not aware that towing a car is a highly specialised task. If a person towing a vehicle gets even a single procedural guideline wrong, they can put lives at risk.

Towing is a task that should never be taken lightly. Or delegated to amateurs.

Tow truck drivers go through hours of training and must pass tests before the RTA will allow them to tow vehicles that have broken down on the road.

Road rules as they relate to towing a vehicle

A vehicle may not be towed if it’s tail lights are not operating effectively or if it is carrying dangerous goods that risk public safety

A driver must not tow a trailer unless they can control the trailer while driving

The following vehicles cannot be towed under any circumstances – bicycles, wheeled recreational devices, wheeled toys or wheelchairs

A driver may not tow more than one vehicle at a time

The difference using a Professional Towing Service makes

When you’re a professional tow truck driver, you ‘intuitively’ know what to do when faced with an emergency. At Towing Sydney, emergency tows are what we deal with on a daily basis. Understandably, we’ve gotten to be quite good at dealing with them.

Contact Us For Cheap Towing Sydney

If your vehicle has broken down, and you need an Emergency Towing Service at rates that are competitive, please contact us immediately at 1st Choice Towing on 0410 516 161. We provide our clients with a 24 X 7 X 365 Emergency Towing Service.

You can also request an Instant Quote using the form provided. One of our staff will email you a quote or call you back with one immediately.