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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationOther - Cars & Transportation · 2 months ago

If you are towing a car with a rope, does someone have to be in the car being towed?

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  • 2 months ago

    If you want the towed vehicle to not smash into you when you need to stop, somebody needs to be in its driver's seat working the brakes and the steering wheel.

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  • zipper
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    That would be advisable, to both steer the vehicle and brake to a stop.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Alive or dead?

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  • 2 months ago

    seriously???????

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  • 2 months ago

    No they just have go change the gear into neutral and get out of the car 

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  • 2 months ago

    That would be a good thought. Someone needs to steer the car and brake when needed. When it is time to brake the lead driver needs to put his hand out the window and signal braking, also turning. Good luck it is not a easy tow. Call a tow truck..

    • noname2 months agoReport

      Towed car can often see brake lights.  And, use common sense, see and anticipate  upcoming stops and  slow traffic.  Hand signals are a good idea;  we do all 3. .

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  • Bort
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    You own and drive a Ford, don't you?

    First: If you try to tow a car with a rope you're an idiot. Cars weigh thousands of pounds. Ropes don't do that very well.

    Second: Yes. Unless the front wheels are off the ground someone needs to be in the "pony" (car being towed) to steer and brake. And it takes special know-how to steer and brake a vehicle being towed, the driver has to compensate for lag around turns, and it doesn't need to be steered anywhere near as much to make the pony turn and go another direction, it takes skill and practice to keep the car being towed safely behind the one towing it.

    Rent a car dolly from somewhere and do it right, and safely. Don't do it with a rope. I'm not sure it's even legal to do it with a rope, it probably needs to be at least a tow bar to be legal.

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    • ponderer
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      I've done this when I was poor and stupid. Brake or accelerate or turn out of sync and the rope snaps. A tow truck is actually cheaper than all possible accidents. Braking and steering without power assist is crazy. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes you need someone to steer and put the brakes on. The other alternative is called an A frame. It is an A shape and bolts to the front of the car and the othr end hooks on your towing hitch. You then will not need anyone in the towed car

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Are you really this stupid. Someone said one time there are no dumb questions. That person has never been on YA. 

    • noname2 months agoReport

      Nothing is: "stupid"  when it concerns safety.  Best to give a proper answer. Every class  I take; first quarter is all common-sense safety. Its a liability requirement nowadays. Besides, with aircraft; only reason for regulations is because someone hurt/killed by some slipup or ignorance. 

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  • 2 months ago

    it wont steer itself

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