• Dec 30, 2010
A lesson in how NOT to tow – Click above to watch video after the jump

Sometimes you have to tow a car. It's generally not a big deal and most of us have been a tower or towee at some point. One rule of thumb when manning the car being towed – leave the keys in the ignition so you don't lock the steering wheel. If you fail to heed these words, as do the chaps you'll see after the break, you might ended up causing some serious damage to your modified Subaru non-operational vehicle

The two gents riding in the Subaru seen in this video were very lucky they only managed to hurt the car. This adventure in towing could have gone way worse... click past the jump and watch the clip to see what we mean, but be warned there is some NSFW language involved.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Elmo,

      Most rednecks don't know they're rednecks. So no offense, but you're hardly the best judge of whether your car-towing shenanigans qualify you as one.

      I was born in GA and there are plenty of millionaire rednecks here who can drive anything they want. I personally know of one who who drove a Lexus LS460 he bought new (and later had to sleep in it when it all came crashing down). He was a former cop/former "minister"/"entrepreneur". Redneck runs deeper than driving an old pickup, and in GB (and former GB possessions around the world) do you really think they have old Chevy pickups?

      The definition of redneck includes doing things proven to be stupid and dangerous because you did it before and nothing bad happened.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Worst possible way to tow a vehicle ever... The old rope/chain the car and yank it with a truck WILL work, but it's a measure of last resort when utterly desperate. It's also not something you do if you have to go far, or on twistie roads, or up/down hills. The steering locks, the brakes lock and it's just completely dangerous all around. This is something you do when you need to remove a car from a busy road and take it somewhere safer a few yards away.

      This is just a case of extreme cheapness. They're using a Land Rover to pull a modified Subaru, would it have really killed them to spend the 20-30$ for a tow? Hell, if they had to go that far and it would have cost too much to have it towed they could have rented a two wheel car trailer for like 50$, you chain the front wheels of the car you're towing on it and you can go anywhere.

      Just... stupid...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tow dollies don't generally work too well on an AWD vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @elmo

        The towing companies near me charge about $40 just to hook up/load your car, and then mileage after that. Even a modest in town tow would run at least $75.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Try $4-500 for the tow. Plus the car is AWD, using a 2 wheel trailer would destroy the drivetrain on the car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its not a dangerous practice at all, unless you're these fools. If you've got steering and brakes working, it's all good, and limited speed is a good idea. I've done this many times in the past, but wouldn't dare do it if I didn't have a key to the car/truck. If it's not running, or at the very least, the steering wheel unlocked, you simply can't do it, or this will happen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This video is as old as the internet. Plz go autoblog.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Please get a life. Like Franz said, nobody spends their life on YouTube like you do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, I'd never seen it before & I got a laugh out of it, so it's not such a cardinal sin. Relax... not everybody spends all day on YouTube. Thanks for the laugh Autoblog.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't get it. Why didn't he just turn right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nascar driver
        • 4 Years Ago
        Read the summary - the steering wheel locked.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why did you turn!?!?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did the LR driver ever come back?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bear in mind that the Land Rover will have a lot of torque, so he probably barely felt the car behind crashing into things....
      • 4 Years Ago
      who the hell tows a car like that? Every car I've seen being towed always has the front wheels in the air. wow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess they have ignorant rednecks in GB too.
      (actually I believe the term originated there)
      • 4 Years Ago
      This incident happened in St. Lucia(Caribbean) about 5 years ago. He was heading ho9me after a breakdown from racing on mile and a half long old airport built by the ameraicans>
      • 4 Years Ago
      Darwinism wins again!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unfortunately.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...except it doesn't....because they didn't die.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously. Do they not teach Darwin's theory in school any more? Do people think it just means "stupid?" Darwin's name has been invoked incorrectly way too often lately.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's nice to see that rednecks are not confined to the U.S.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny, I've not seen rednecks drive LR3s/Discoverys and tow imports. Also, I'm not a redneck, yet I've towed a vehicle and/or been towed like this in the past.

        So I'm failing to miss your point. Now I'm not condoning what these idiots did, but you can't call someone a redneck when they were using an actual tow cable rather than a rope or bungee cords.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tow trucks are cheaper than repairing a whole car.
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