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AA Tow Rope 50p in Tesco Garage, Bury St Edmunds

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6y, 4m agoFound 6 years, 4 months ago
Saw these stacked on the shelves in the Bury St Edmunds petrol station- no idea if nationwide.

http://shop.theaa.com/store/view-all-1/tow-rope#
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#1
Great Deal, i paid about £8 from Homebase when i needed a towrope asap some time ago.
#2
Modern cars and tow ropes are an awful idea. You have very heavy steering and very limited brakes as a result of the engine not running.

Spend the extra £ and get a towing bar (available for £30 in Halfords or around £15 on ebay) and that way you won't run into the towing vehicle causing more serious damage.
#3
Cheap Towing Bars are a massive hazard - I'd not go within 50 miles of one, seriously.

Tow Ropes have their place - they're especially useful for getting recalcitrant cars to bumpstart - but a bit of advice if you car has a 'screw in' towing eye, DONT USE IT

They really do suck - they WILL get pulled out and strip their threads OR they'll jam.

Do what the professional tow guys do and attach the rope (eye and at least 1 loop of material) to the front suspension strut or similar.
#4
therealjohnpeat
Cheap Towing Bars are a massive hazard - I'd not go within 50 miles of one, seriously.Tow Ropes have their place - they're especially useful for getting recalcitrant cars to bumpstart - but a bit of advice if you car has a 'screw in' towing eye, DONT USE ITThey really do suck - they WILL get pulled out and strip their threads OR they'll jam.Do what the professional tow guys do and attach the rope (eye and at least 1 loop of material) to the front suspension strut or similar.

No good prefessional would tow you via the suspension strut! That is not a designed towing point and will cause serious damage to the vehicle being towed.

I have in the past used both tow ropes and tow bars & would agree with konkywonky's post that you are much better using a toe bar instead. However, either of these options should only be used for towing the shortest distance possible as not only is there reduced control of both cars but there is also extra wear being put on the vehicle doing the towing.

You are always best just to have breakdown cover, which can be got pretty cheap nowadays. Im with GEM - Motoring Assist, who for their top service, for 4 people is only £107.55. I have been with them for 3 years and in that time all 4 of us have had to use them at some point and they have been very good.

Anyway, back to the original post, it is a good price for a tow rope if you need one, so good find and thanks for posting! lol
#5
just call the RAC...................or join
#6
I thought tow ropes were illegal these days and you are only to tow via a bar?
#7
Nope, I thought that as well but did a little research and its perfectly legal, although:
- The person in the drivers seat of the car being towed must have a valid license and obey buy the normal rules.
- The vehicle MUST have a valid MOT and tax.
- If this is on the motorway then it can only been towed to the nearest point of safety.
- If the vehicle is being towed at night then it must have working lights.

There are a few other rules, but its all common sense really.

The only real clamp down in recent years regarding towing was that if a vehicle being towed does not have valid mot or tax tthen all 4 wheels must be off the ground (therefor can only really use a trailer or pick up truck).
#8
Steviec100
No good prefessional would tow you via the suspension strut! That is not a designed towing point and will cause serious damage to the vehicle being towed.

I've had 2 cars recovered (winched into low loaders) recently and both times they guy attached the cable under the car - to what seemed to be the suspension arm or similar.

When I asked why not the eye they said "because they snap are are rubbish - and we don't want to wreck your car doing this".
#9
littlemeglet
just call the RAC...................or join

or use a moneysupermarket-type site and join another organisation for a fraction of the cost :)

Towropes are still handy tho :)
#10
Quite agree with most cars now having power assisted brakes and power assisted steering with out a running engine you are going to end up with two knackered bumpers and a whole rain forest worth of paper work to fill in for the insurance companies. Join the AA / RAC / Green Flag and save yourself the heartache
#11
You can tow with power steering. Power assisted brakes is the norm for decades. PAS has been pretty much standard for 13 years.

It's better if you have experience but speeds 20-30mph is no big deal. Not recommended for everyone though.

What that guy would've done is tie it to your sub frame or lower wish bone. The strut would be damaged if you tied it around that.
#12
newmann
I thought tow ropes were illegal these days and you are only to tow via a bar?
but surely going via a bar would lead to a drink driving situation which is also illegal
#13
51p in the Alloa branch
#14
Well I was totally taken aback when I suddenly noticed on my way out of a tesco garage tonight that within the car accessary range was on sale these AA Towropes for a mere 25 pence yeah thats right PENCE ha ha, so naturally I passed a comment to the girl on the checkout that surely the price for this item cant be right can it ?? well she assured me it was, Nice 1 so I bought the lot lol BARGAIN... HEY might even go back in the morning just to see if she has restocked that ever so bare shelf I left behind, well for 25p each you cant go wrong can you!!! Ps You dont have to use them just as a towrope do you... Well I can think of a few other uses, yeah right handy, THANKS.... Well its not every day is it, ~EVERY*LITTLE*HELPS~

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