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Re: Towing a Renault

You need to use the ring (called a towing eye) which corresponds with the same point on the vehicle which is doing the towing. (i.e. the tow rope must be in-line between the two vehicles).

1st - ensure the rope is of suitable capacity to pull the car.

2nd - the cable & clasp will normally be fed through each towing eye and the metal clasp is used to secure the rope (there will be a picture in the instructions which will better explain this).

3rd - you want a reasonable distance between the 2 cars (10-12 feet is ideal for low-speed towing), normally a marker flag is included to place in the middle of the rope so that other road users can see the rope - use it.

4th - it is safer if the vehicle being towed does most of the braking, so that the rope is kept as taut as possible - if it gets slack, then it can end up getting trapped under the car.

5th - likewise, when it comes to moving off, the lead car should move off gradually until the cable has started to take the strain, otherwise, the cable can snap.

Good communication between both cars is crucial - these days bluetooth headsets & mobiles would make it a lot easier & safer than the hand signals I had to communicate with. Also, the towed car should be displaying hazard lights at least.

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