Most damage from car towing results from driver error. For example, if you don’t realize you can’t take turns as sharply as you can without a vehicle in tow, you’re likely to drive over a curb or two. This is a reminder that driving requires 100% of your attention.
“Do one thing every day that scares you,” said Eleanor Roosevelt. Wise words from the former first lady, but it isn’t necessarily the most prudent advice for towing a car.
The fact that a tow dolly doesn’t come with brakes and can’t go in reverse also makes things tricky. Accidents happen when drivers make lots of unusual turns because they can’t figure out how to straighten their dolly.
Add in the necessity to properly distribute the weight of your car, and nasty accidents can occur at high speeds.
You get the idea. If you don’t pay attention, bad things can happen.
So, should you tow a vehicle on your own or opt to have someone else transport it for you?
It really comes down to your comfort level. If the idea of using towing equipment scares you, it’s probably not a better option than shipping your car or driving it yourself.
But if you’re comfortable with towing, then a dolly or car trailer can save you money.
From a safety perspective, a tow dolly has a higher potential for problems because there aren’t any brakes (and it can’t go in reverse).
Winner: Car trailer