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Tips On Towing A Car In The UK

Traveling the world is always an adventure and many of our readers enjoy motoring holidays abroad on a regular basis.

Of course, it is easy to forget sometimes, that you can still breakdown when you are on vacation.

Back at home you are of course in a towing organization. There are certainly plenty of them in Edmonton, Canada to choose from.
And when you go abroad, we would recommend you taking out whatever cover is available for the duration of the trip.

Whilst we would certainly urge any vacationer to arrange that temporary membership or insurance, it is still possible that you may find yourself in need of a tow.

So what if you find yourself needing to give or receive a tow during your foreign vacation in England?

Here are the guidelines for towing on UK roads, which we would advise any traveler to the UK to look over, before commencing their English road trip!


Both the tower and the person being towed should observe these rules…


You need to affix a sign saying “on tow” to the back of the car that is being towed.

If the cars are joined by a chain or rope, then the biggest gap permitted is 4.5 meters.

And if the gap is larger than 1.5 meters, then the rope or chain must be easily seen by other road users. This may be by placing or tying a vibrantly colored piece of material there, to draw attention to it!

The person behind the wheel of the vehicle on tow must by law be qualified to drive and have a valid license.

The vehicle on tow must display all the same lights as it would do if it was not on tow. I.e. it needs to be lit up in the dark.

Before commencing your journey, ensure that the ignition is switched into the ‘on’ position. You need to make sure that you have disengaged the steering lock. This will make it much easier to steer the towed vehicle in.

Try your best to brake and steer in unison with the driver who is towing you. You need to make sure that there is always some tension left in the towing chain or rope, at all times. Do this by braking lightly, to minimize the chances of jolts and sudden movements.

Don’t be a passenger behind the wheel of the towed vehicle. You need to act as if you were actually driving the car. You still need to steer and brake and you also need to take notice of all the signals and indication that the towing vehicle is making. This will give you as much notice as is possible of what movements to make and what to expect next, on the road ahead.


Drive slowly. Do not exceed 15 mph.

When you pull away, do it as gently as possible to avoid pulling on the tow rope. This could snap it.

Avoid braking abruptly, because the person on tow may not be able to stop as quickly.

Should you need to make any unexpected stops, try and warn the tow driver of your intention in advance.

Leave a generous amount of time to indicate. Try and avoid making unscheduled direction changes. The driver on tow will find it hard to keep up with you.

The driver towing needs to check their mirrors even more often than usual.

Check all the vehicles gauges, including oil pressure and the temperature of the car. Be prepared to stop if there are any issues here.