Tow dolly best practicesFor the safety of drivers, passengers and all others on the road, it is very important to correctly use a tow dolly. Before you use this equipment, please review the tips below and read all manufacturer warnings and instructions. Your local, ARA-affiliated rental store professional can provide you with complete instructions.
- Tow vehicles must weigh at least 750 lbs. more than the vehicle being towed. Maximum towable weight varies and is determined by the tow vehicle.
- Correctly attach the tow dolly to the tow vehicle before loading or unloading.
- Keep others away from the area when attaching, loading and unloading the tow dolly.
- Properly load the tow dolly.
- Do not overload your tow vehicle.
- Do not load cargo on the tow dolly or the vehicle-in-tow.
- Never allow any passengers in the vehicle-in-tow.
- Drive at slower speeds and allow more space and time for braking.
- Avoid any side to side motion as this can become whipping. Let off the gas if this begins and slow down. Check the tow dolly and vehicle-in-tow by stopping at the next available opportunity. Do not steer, do not apply breaks and do not speed up if side to side motion or whipping occurs.
- If any wheel leaves the road, let off the gas and slow down. Only steer back onto the road at a speed below 25 mph.