Having an automobile is practical, only a vehicle means a breakdown… And unfortunately, we know very well, also the luckiest among us hardly ever fall through the cracks. Nevertheless, between an automobile that doesn’t start in the morning and breaking down on the highway, the results are going to be quite different. No matter the reason, a Mini Countryman that doesn’t drive is tricky to move and the only answer is often to tow it to the nearest garage. In this guideline we will explain how to tow a Mini Countryman, respecting the laws and guaranteeing maximum safety. To achieve this, first we will have a look at the rules to stick to when towing a Mini Countryman, then how to tow a Mini Countryman yourself, and finally, the most sensible solution is to hire a specialist to tow your car.
The rules to stick to if you want to tow an Mini Countryman
It is in actual fact possible to tow your car. Nevertheless, if you want to go into towing a Mini Countryman you will have to stick to some rules. We present them to you down below:
- Do not drive on motorways or expressways, because the speed at which you will tow your Mini Countryman may put at risk yourself and other motorists if you do it on an expressway.
- Do not go over 25 km/h, you must all the time stay in control of both automobiles, a high speed will not allow you to predict possible obstacles and the towed car may enter the first one
- Limit yourself to short distance journeys. If you have to travel several dozen kilometres, it is better to call a breakdown service.
- When towing, try to be sure that the Mini Countryman and the car towing it are properly lined up, to keep a great behaviour.
- Switch on the warnings lights on both automobiles.
- If the Mini Countryman being towed has no battery, you will need to use a removable plate linked to the first car so that you can notify the drivers behind you.
How to tow a Mini Countryman by yourself
Now that you have learned the basic specifications for safely towing a Mini Countryman, we will present you the different ways to do it:
- Use only a tow bar to tow your Mini Countryman, as ropes, straps or other products are not suitable and will only risk you having an incident. If the towing device is flexible, you risk hitting the towing car. It will be better to buy a towing bar.
- You can use one of the three kinds existing tow bars to tow your Mini Countryman, telescopic bars (40 to 50 euros), folding bars (30 to 100 euros) and standard bars (30 to 40 euros).
- Examine that you have two towing rings on the automobiles, which will allow you to connect them together with the tow bar.
- Examine that the towing car is heavier than the car to be towed.
- Have functioning signalling on the Mini Countryman to be towed.
These are the regulation to stick to if you want to tow your Mini Countryman. Nevertheless remember that this alternative should only be used for short distances to avoid a more expensive towing, if you have a long distance to cover we recommend you to browse the following section.
Have your Mini Countryman towed by a specialist
Finally, last part of our guidebook, if you are not able to tow your Mini Countryman in good conditions, it remains the most reasonable solution, to call a tow truck to tow your car. This may seem like an expensive solution, but in most insurance contracts, there is a clause that allows you to use their services cost-free. Here are the points to examine on your insurance contract before calling a tow truck:
- That the distance between your home and the place of breakdown is in accordance with the mileage insured in your agreement (generally covered more than 50 km from your home).
- Examine that the concerns you are facing are well taken care of by your insurer.
- Finally, examine the deductible amount on your account.
Now you have all the information you need to tow your Mini Countryman in good conditions.
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