How to use a Towbar Safely

July 10, 2014


When you hear the term towbar, it’s not something which immediately sounds familiar, where as in reality you will realise it is a commonly known tool, frequently installed to serve a useful purpose.

A towbar connects to the back of your vehicle, and subsequently attaches itself to another vehicle in order to pull that one along. Essentially, you are using the mechanism to allow one vehicle to be pulled by the force of the other, a great way of transporting when the car being towed is faulty, or can not be driven at that time. Usually the towbar consists of chains, a rigid frame and straps, all of which connect securely to the vehicle.


It is important that users understand not only how to use a towbar, but how to do so safely.


The first step in configuring your towbar is connecting it to the back of your vehicle. This is relatively simple, and most towbars will come with their own unique instructions on how to attach. From here guidelines are generally the same, where you should line up the disconnected end with the vehicle to be towed. This involves lining up the tow bar base plate with the hooks you’ve already attached to the other vehicle.

Next you should remove the locking pins on the base bar, or alternatively slide the bolts through the hooks on the car being towed.

Torque the bolts accordingly to ensure the bar is tightly secured, and the pursuing vehicle is perfectly aligned. Once the bolts are tight, the vehicle should be firmly attached, with no chance of it coming loose. Safety is paramount at this stage, since a loose connection could quite easily lead to tragic consequences.

You can double check the towbar is properly attached by starting up the vehicle and slowly pulling it. This perfectly serves as a gauge for whether the towbar is attached. If you notice any separation as you slowly drive away, return to the towbar and begin the process again, this time making double sure that everything is tight and as it should be.

Certain towbars have brake lights, in which case you should ensure all the electrical connections are correct before driving off. Once this has been confirmed, you can set off on your journey in the comfort of knowing that everything is connected properly, and you have no safety concerns.

Safety & Use

The number one focus with towbars is to ensure they are connected properly, since safety on the roads is paramount. Even if you have to double or triple check, you must make sure you have followed the instructions properly before driving away, and also remember to test your set up before driving off at full speed.

Towbars are used frequently to drag bigger vehicles, and are often used at times when the vehicle in question can not be driven as normal. This makes towbars perfect for transporting vehicles to a destination for repair, maintenance, or even to save on fuel should you and/or others desire to take your vehicles to a given location without having to drive both. Often towbars can also be used to transport caravans, making them perfect for that holiday or break.

Author Bio: John is a regular contributor of automobile and travel information, help and tips. Working at westcott towbars he knows the topic well, and you can find him blogging regularly here and at other top travel blogs.

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