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The method of bar and rope towing has many pros and cons. First and foremost, it is very convenient and easier to set up compared to the other available means of towing and vehicle recovery. There is little equipment necessary for the job; the towing bar is the only thing needed as the vehicle being towed still has all 4 wheels in contact with the road.

Tow bars and ropes are compact and don’t occupy a lot of space compared to the other methods of towing. They are convenient to keep onboard of your vehicle in the case that you may need to tow yours or another vehicle.

However, there are both pros and cons to this method of towing. Our Roadside Recovery team discussed them below.

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Dependant on the model of the car to be towed, there may be a need for modifications to avoid possible damage to the vehicle. Most cars will have a loop or hook already fitted below the front bumper to attach a tow bar.

The most common methods of towing involves a trailer or flatbed truck. Companies can also use a dolly, which lifts the front wheels of the vehicle off of the road. Each different method of towing has its benefits for different situations and different types of vehicles. Our Roadside Recovery team can advise you accordingly.

Flat towing can be utilised by many different kinds of vehicles. It is often the cheapest and simplest method of towing, however, not all vehicles are suited to flat towing. Factors such as the wheelbase length, condition of transmission and such. Our Roadside Recovery team work exclusively with flatbed trucks, so will ensure that, no matter what condition your car is in, we can recover you and transport you home or to a garage of your choice.

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The transmission of the vehicle is a significant factor to consider before using the flat towing method. All the four wheels of the car will be in contact with the ground through the entirety of the towing process and this means that as the wheels turn, the force will be transmitted to the drive shaft of the vehicle. Our Roadside Recovery experts warn that there is a possibility the driveshaft won’t be lubricated the entire journey which can lead to complications in the vehicles transmission. The solution to this, however, is to keep the engine running if possible to power the lubrication pumps which otherwise this method wouldn’t be recommended for the car.

Modern power steering is also affected by the engine. If the engine is switched off on many modern cars, it can deactivate the power steering and make the car practically impossible to steer. Our Roadside Recovery team recommend that if you flat tow your vehicle, that you turn the engine over and leave it a neutral gear.

Vehicle weight and driver experience can also affect your ability to flat tow. Our Roadside Recovery team advise that any vehicle larger than a conventional car/ hatchback is recovered in a more specialised manner.

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