How To Tow A Car Without A Hitch

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Last Updated on July 22, 2022

As a car owner, you will inevitably find yourself in some strange situations. You may find yourself needing to tow your car, but without a hitch to make the process easier. So, what do you do in a situation like this?

Fortunately, there is a simple way to tow your car where you don’t need to go through a lot of hassle. You can use a recovery strap to tow your car.

The process of towing a car with a tow strap is fairly straightforward, but there are some safety concerns to keep in mind.

In this guide, I will tell you how you can tow your car without a hitch using a strap.

How To Tow A Car Without A Hitch

How To Tow A Car Without A Hitch; Using A Tow Strap

Using tow straps to tow your car is a good option whether you need to pull your car out of mud, sand or snow or tow your car on the road. You must be careful while towing your car on the road for your and other passengers’ safety. Apart from that, there can be laws against this practice. So, before you start the towing process, ensure you are not violating the rules.

Step 1: Untangle The Strap And Check It For Damage

First, you must untangle the tow strap and lay it on the ground. Check the strap carefully if it has any frayed or torn portions. This portion can break down easily under extensive pressure.  So, make sure that the strap you are going to use is fine for the towing job. Also, you should not use any strap that has a tangle or knot in it.

Step 2: Finding Your Cars Recovery Point

Then, you need to find out your car’s recovery point. In the present time, almost all the cars have this point on their frame. You will see there is a hole in the frame where you can use a recovery hook. Check your car instruction manual if you can’t find this point. 

Step 3: Hook The Strap On Recovery Point On Your Car

Now, you have to hook the strap on your car’s recovery point. If you find there is no hook in the strap, then there should be a loop. All you need to do is run the recovery strap through this point hole and then run your strap’s end part through its loop. Thus, you can secure your strap with the recovery point. You are ready to run the strap now.

Step 4: Place The Tow Vehicle In Proper Position And Hook On It.

At this point, you need to get the vehicle you will use for towing in position. You should park it where the recovery strap ends. Make sure both vehicles are parked in a straight-line position because the towing direction needs to be as straight as possible for maximum strength.

Then, you need to attach the strap to the backside of the tow vehicle. Again, there is supposed to be a recovery point on the backside of the vehicle. You should attach the strap to it. However, if there is no recovery point, you have to attach the strap to the frame or bumper of the tow vehicle. Keep in mind that the area where you will attach the strap needs to be strong enough for the towing process.

Step 5: Start The Towing Process Slowly

Now, you are almost ready to start the towing process. Before that, move the tow vehicle forward a bit so that you can find the strap is tight. Don’t start towing right now. 

Then, place a blanket or piece of heavy cloth on the strap for your safety. The strap can be very dangerous if it snaps. Placing a blanket or cloth over the strap will decrease the whip effect in case the strap breaks accidentally. Also, you need to check if your broken car is in neutral.

Finally, you can start towing. The tow vehicle will move your car forward. You just need to sit in the driver position of your car and control the brake to avoid a collision. 

About the Author: Brian Silvestro

Brian Silvestro is the founder and chief editor of OffroadersArena. He spends his free time tending to his BMW iX SUV and explaining its merits to anyone who'll listen.

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