ATV and UTV Towing: How to Tow Safely

While all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) are generally
tough, they can still break down or become damaged. In some cases, you may be
able to drive your ATV or UTV to a mechanic for repairs. But in others, your vehicle
could be totally inoperable or too badly damaged to run on public roads safely.
If you find yourself in the latter situation, you’ll need to tow your ATV or UTV to a
mechanic instead. You can either do that yourself (assuming you have the right gear
and a suitable truck) or call a towing company.
You may not like the prospect of leaving your vehicle in the hands of a stranger,
even one from a reputable heavy duty towing team, but that may be for the best if
you lack the necessary equipment and experience.
However, if you’re capable of towing your ATV or UTV yourself, here are some top
tips for doing it safely.
Towing Tips for ATVs and UTVs
Take Care When Loading Your Vehicle
If you’re using a trailer for ATV or UTV towing, be careful when loading it. Use a
loading ramp to place the vehicle onto the trailer safely, and make sure that the
ramp’s weight capacity is enough to support your ATV or UTV.
Secure Your ATV or UTV in Place
Once your ATV or UTV is loaded onto the trailer, you need to make sure that it’s
secure to prevent it from moving around in transit. Otherwise, it could become
damaged and affect the trailer’s stability.
Use high-quality tie-down straps designed to be hooked to the trailer’s edges. You
need four straps (for each of the vehicle’s four corners), but check that they’re fitted
tightly to stop the ATV or UTV from bumping while you tow it.
Distribute Weight Evenly

Make sure that your ATV or UTV’s weight is distributed across the trailer evenly. All
four wheels should have an equal level of weight on them, otherwise the trailer may
start to move in a different direction than intended.
Fit a Sway Control Unit
Another essential when towing an ATV or UTV with a trailer is to use a sway control
unit to prevent swaying on the road. Otherwise, your trailer could move unexpectedly
(due to crosswinds and bad road surfaces), creating a potentially dangerous
situation for you and other drivers.
Drive Cautiously and Patiently
You’re in a hurry to get your ATV or UTV to a mechanic as soon as possible, right?
You want to get it fixed and back on the road today, not tomorrow.
That’s understandable, but you must take care when towing an ATV or UTV. Be
patient when changing lanes, and allow for more space than usual when overtaking
vehicles or being overtaken. If you have never towed a vehicle before, you may want
to practice maneuvering in a quiet parking lot or on remote roads first.
Another essential risk to keep in mind while towing ATVs or UTVs is jackknifing:
when a trailer and the car or truck towing it go out of alignment. This can be
dangerous and lead to sudden accidents.
Fortunately, you can reduce the risk of jackknifing by braking before you go into a
turn (instead of during it) and slowing down gradually while on wet roads or when
moving downhill.

We hope these tips help you stay safe while towing your ATV or UTV. Whenever
you’re going, always be aware of the load you’re transporting, your position on the
road, and other drivers’ behavior.

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