The most important part to car towing safety is, of course, proper driving skills. Here, a tow truck pulls a car from the flooded outbound lan of the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago, Ill.

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Driving While Towing a Car


­­Once everything is sec­ure, knowing how to drive properly while you're out on the road is the next step to ensuring safety. If you've never towed before, practice first in an open space like a parking lot, working on various skills, such as applying steady, even pressure to the gas pedal, slowing down, turning and backing up.

Always start off slowly and continue to drive at a cautious speed. Putting too much pressure on your tow vehicle will cause damage to it in the long run, and the faster you go, the harder it will be to stop the tow vehicle and the car behind you. High speeds may also cause your trailer or car to sway, making it more difficult to control your tow vehicle.

Make sure you're using the right kind of mirrors, ones that allow you to see everything behind the tow vehicle and the trailer. You need to be able to see approaching cars on both sides as well as take turns and change lanes safely.

After driving a long distance, typically between 10 and 25 miles (16 and 40 kilometers), it's always a good idea to pull over and double-check all connections, making sure everything is tight and secure. Any loose ratchet straps or safety chains should be tightened before starting out onto the road again. Keeping these suggestions in mind while transporting your car from one place to the next will put you and other drivers at ease and safe from harm.

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