How to tow the faulty car on a flexible hitch?
Towage of the faulty car - one of the most difficult techniques. Not without reason the separate (twentieth) section of the Traffic Regulations (TR) is devoted to it. But sooner or later everyone should seize this reception.
One of unwritten rules of the motorist says that if saw parked at a roadside the car blinking an emergency signal - surely stop. Do not regret a two-three of the minutes spent for it, stop and ask the colleague whether some help is necessary to him. And if it is necessary, open a luggage carrier and get from it towing fat, or as it is called by Rules - a flexible hitch. Or suggest to make the same to the victim.
At once I will make a reservation that in article the speech about towage on a flexible hitch will go. Just because it most often meets in practice. And it is quite explainable. The majority of those to whom this article can seem interesting have driver`s category “B“. And towage by method of partial loading when as towing the ordinary car is used, it is even heavy to present. And practically to carry out it … Is not present
, theoretically and it is quite possible. Under category “B“ also the small onboard truck with the allowed maximum weight up to 3500 kg approaches. And if very much to try, then it is possible … It is possible to pile up on it forward part of the towed car and to tow it thus. But it will be possible to make it in the presence of the special lifting equipment which on the route, as a rule, not to find. So and in this situation towage, in most cases, is carried out on the flexible hitch which is laid up (just in case!) practically each of us. Unlike a massive design of a rigid hitch which even if very much to try, not it will be possible to push in each luggage carrier.
So, stopped at the faulty car parked on a roadside. It became clear that its towage is required . What to do?
First of all, it is necessary to remember - in what cases is forbidden towage on a flexible hitch ? Item 20. 4 traffic regulations forbid to tow in such a way:
- in ice;
- two and more vehicles;
- motorcycles without lateral trailer;
- vehicles with a faulty steering or brake system.
In the latter case I find it possible to pay attention to the ili union which says that of traffic regulations forbids to tow any vehicle having at least one of the specified malfunctions .
If any of the circumstances specified in item 20. 4 traffic regulations, take place to be, the only thing, than it is possible to help the injured colleague, so it to give it phone of the next tow truck. Though is not present. If at a roadside two faulty cars (that in real life practically does not meet) are parked, you will be able to take one of them on tow .
For this purpose:
The first. Be convinced of serviceability of a towing hook of the car which should be taken on a tow. And also in reliability of fastening of a hook or a towing earring. For example, whether is not present near places of their fastening of through sinks of a rust. If for any of several reasons you do not like a towing hook or reliability of fastening of a hook or an earring will raise doubts, do not push luck, drive off feeling of false constraint - refuse towage and advise the colleague to cause the tow truck.
The second. By the general rule towing fat gets from a luggage carrier towed. But if for any of several reasons it does not suit you (for example, offered fat earlier already it was torn in several places what eloquently tell the knots tightened on it about, or its length is more (less) than the recommended standards), besides - do not hesitate, offer the.
Kohl the speech came about length of a fal, I will remind that it has to be not shorter than four and is not longer than six meters . If the flexible hitch is shorter, then in case of braking danger considerably increases that the towed car can not have enough brake way and it “will drive“ in back part of your car. Excessively long fat allows the towed car to deviate from a trajectory of your movement considerably. Respectively, on turn it can jump out on a roadside (from which absolutely nearby to a ditch) or on a strip of oncoming traffic. Both that, and another under certain circumstances can provoke an emergency.
The third. Reliability of fastening of a flexible hitch. Considering own experience, I consider that reliability of fastening of a fal increases if to pass it through a hook or an earring of the towed car, and to fix a towing carbine on that part of a fal which leaves to the towing car. At the same time the turned-out loop has to be densely tightened on a hook or an earring.
The fourth. do not forget to agree with towed about notification signs. For example, if he often “blinks“ headlights, so he had some difficulties and he asks to stop. If you raised the right hand, then will brake soon. Just in case exchange numbers of mobile phones. It is quite possible that on a direct section of the route someone from you will be able to use also this way of an emergency communication.
The fifth. Prior to the movement be not ashamed to ask the colleague whether he went on “tie“ earlier, and if it does not have this experience, warn that at the idle motor the hydraulics of brake system demands considerably bigger effort when pressing a brake pedal. Be convinced that in order to avoid jamming of a wheel the key is inserted into the lock of ignition of the towed car and it is turned in it. In a cold season or in rainy weather the window from the driver in the towed car has to be slightly opened . In this case windows will not mist over from within and, respectively, the person who is at his wheel “will not go blind“.
The sixth. Consider that the oven in the towed car does not work. Her driver in a cold season (or days) has to put on more warmly. If you have an excess sweater - give it to the colleague. Gloves too superfluous will not be. Agree that as soon as the driver of the towed car begins to freeze, it about it will give a signal to you. That you stopped and it got warm in your car a little.
The seventh. Emergency lighting has to be included on the towed car. It works for towing in the regular mode that and towed, and all other participants of traffic could see what maneuver you are going to make (the right, left turn, braking), and beforehand corrected the actions.
The eighth. the Start-off about places, the movement of the towing car whenever possible has to be smooth, without breakthroughs. Braking - preliminary and not sharp. The maximum speed of the movement - no more than 50 km/h (cm of item 10. 4 traffic regulations). At the same time it is unimportant where you - on the route or in the settlement. And in the presence of restrictions - it is desirable to lower the high-speed mode a little more. Kilometers on 5 - 10 in relation to the parameter entered by the corresponding road sign. The less your speed, the is more than time at the driver of the towed car for assessing a situation, to make the correct decision and to realize it.
As old driver`s wisdom speaks - better at two o`clock to be at home later, than for half an hour earlier - in a morgue. But we will hope that following to those rules about which I just told will allow to avoid any troubles when towing the faulty car.
And not to stand on a roadside, it is guilty blinking an emergency signal, before a long journey adjust the car to familiar repairmen. Let they attentively will look at it. Superfluous it will not be …