Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How should my car be towed in an emergency?

asked by on

How should my car be towed in an emergency?

A: While it’s hoped you never have to experien...

While it’s hoped you never have to experience it, there may come a time that you need to have your car towed. It might be two flat tires and only one spare. It might be a dead battery and no way to jumpstart the car. Whatever the situation, it’s important that you know the right way to do it. Here’s what you should know:

  • It’s highly recommended that you only have your car towed by a professional tow service using a flatbed truck.

  • If a flatbed isn’t available, tow your car with the front wheels raised and the rear wheels on the pavement if it’s a two-wheel drive model. Four-wheel drive models should be towed with the rear wheels raised and the front wheels on the pavement.

  • If you are unable to locate a professional tow service, you can tow the car for a very short distance at very low speeds using the tow eyelets in the front. You must have someone in the car to work the brakes and steer. Make sure the car is in neutral and that the ignition is on. The parking brake must be off.

Tip

If towing the car with the tow eyelets, make sure the eyelet is correctly installed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Completely useless GPS system

Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done on a manufacturer level with this type of problem. An aftermarket (Pioneer, Kenwood, Alpine) unit that has better functions and a stronger GPS could be installed. However, the original fit and...

Q: clutch slave cylinder goes out and car is towed

When problems like these arise, one can look to the aftermarket world for solutions. With some research, you may be able to find a part made by a company that specializes in these vehicles and creates upgraded parts for higher...

Q: My car has an electrical failure due to rain leaking inside, what do I need to repair?

This could end up being a costly repair unless the pigtail replacements for the wiring harness are available. First, the water intrusion has to be repaired. The water has to have been leaking inside the vehicle for some time or...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...