It's not often that we need to tow another vehicle, but occasionally it happens. Therefore, here are the applicable vehicle and traffic laws that you should know.
1) Article 375 (29) (a) makes it illegal to tow more than one vehicle. However, there are exceptions to this which apply to commercial vehicles, and therefore shall not be discussed in this article. Drivers with commercial vehicle licenses would normally be aware of the laws which apply to such vehicles.
2) No vehicle shall be towed by a rope or other non-rigid connection which is longer than 16 feet [Article 375 (29) (c)]. This means that if you tow another car with a rope, the distance between the two vehicles must be 16 feet or less.
3) A motor vehicle being towed by a rope or non-rigid device MUST have a licensed driver in the towed vehicle to steer it [Article 375 (29) (d)].
4) Towing another vehicle with the use of a dolly - another vehicle is often towed by using a dolly, which is a multi-wheeled device utilized to raise a part of a towed vehicle or mobile equipment while it is being towed by another vehicle. In this case, the dolly, vehicle or mobile equipment MUST be secured to the towing vehicle by safety chains or cables which will prevent the dolly, vehicle or mobile equipment from separating from the towing vehicle, and the towed vehicle or mobile equipment is securely fastened to the dolly [Article 375 (29-a]. This wordy paragraph just means that the vehicle being towed by use of a dolly must be secured to the dolly by the use of safety chains or cables, and the dolly itself must be secured by safety chains or cables to the towing vehicle.
If you need to tow another vehicle, know the applicable laws before you start out. For more traffic safety information, go to www.franklincony.org.
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