Manual - Tow Guide

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[TC] CityDriving Tow Guide - An Introduction
TOWs are similar to MEDs & RESs, they all try to help other people, but there are important differences.

There are 3 requirements to play as tow:

A valid TOW-license
Which is acquired by passing a test. A test costs 1,000€. The license is valid for 365 days.

A TOW-tag
Tow cars must use "[TOW]" in their name to be identified as tow cars. The tag has to be in one colour. Although any colour is allowed, the recommended one is yellow. Example: [TOW] Nickname

A TOW-skin
You can easily download one by going on our website - or by clicking here. If you decide to make your own skin, please do ensure that they comply with [TC]'s tow skin regulations which can be found in the rules. In doubt, you can post your skin in the forum and ask for approval. Link to approval thread.

The TOW-specific rules can be found here

Civilian status
TOWs are seen as civilians. Hence they can be fined by cops for any violation of the road-laws, even when responding to SOS-calls.

Strobes (flashing headlights)
Using a strobe is fine when you are already at the scene of the tow, however, using this strobe as you are driving to the accident is not allowed. You can get a strobe at the same place as where you have to get the [TOW] skin - click here. You still may use your hazard-lights or normal headlights at any time.

Sirens (SirenSlow / SirenFast / HORN4 / HORN5)
TOWs are not allowed to use any of them.

When to help
TOWs are there to help, that also means you may only help those who want your help. How that wish is expressed does not matter at all. It can either be via the SOS-menu, just by chatting, Teamspeak or other gestures. Just be sure your help is welcome. Also, avoid too importunate asking.

However, you may not only help the one who is crashed, but also all other players. If, for instance a car is lying dangerously on the road or blocking a necessary route, you may clear that way or reduce the danger by pushing the car aside. As long you are not worsening the situation of the crashed car (ie by hitting it out-of-bounds), nobody will sue you for that.

As TOW you may ask for a payment for your service, but that must be declared and agreed before you start doing anything. Most TOWs work merely for donations tough.

Technical TOW equipment

TOWs have a ramp to help them do their job. Please see information about the ramp here.
TOWs have a winch to help them do their job. Please see information about the winch here.

The caution sign
The caution sign is the mostly used sign for tows. Unlike real-world tow-cars, the caution-sign in-game is only to be used when there is an actual danger to other cars. A stationary car on the grass does not necessarily count as such. Also, a damaged and slower car on the highway is not necessarily a danger, if it for instance still can go 100kph in a straight line.

What is means to road traffic
Caution signs warn of dangers on or close to the track. They are expected to reduce speed and approach with caution. Ignoring the sign is against the rules and can be punished.

Example of a caution sign as seen from the tow-car.

Example of a caution sign as seen from other traffic. You can see, it overlays to the origin in the view and also shows the distance in metres.

The caution sign can is switched on by !caution+ and switched off by !caution-. To save hotkeys on your keyboard you can also use the handy toggle function, by just using !caution.
Relevant rules:

The hazard sign
The hazard sign is another warning-sign for tows. It must only be used in extremely dangerous situations, where approaching traffic is most likely to crash. A typical scenario would be a blocked road.

What is means to road traffic
Hazard signs warn of extremely dangerous situations. Approaching cars are expected to drive most attentive, significantly reduce their speed and be prepared for a full stop. Ignoring this sign is against server rules and can be punished by admins.

Example of a hazard-sign as seen from the tow-car.

Example of a hazard-sign as seen from other traffic. You can see, it overlays to the origin in the view and also shows the distance in metres.

The hazard-sign can is switched on by !hazard+ and switched off by !hazard-. To save hotkeys on your keyboard you can also use the handy toggle function, by just using !hazard.
Note: You can only activate the hazard-sign when standing still. Also, it will turn off automatically when you start moving.

Relevant rules:

The use of the hazard-sign requires some care. Unlike the caution-sign, which can be seen from all angles, the hazard-sign only shows up behind the car and only in a narrow angle (45°). The visible range is 100m.

Visual demonstration of the propagation.

SOS calls
Once a user requested help via the SOS-menu, and if the type of call qualifies to your role (TOW/MED/RES/COP), you will see the call in your HUD at the top.It will look like this:

The following information is shown:
Type of call (ie, TOW (Tow request), TOW/D (Tow with danger)
Location name
Caller's name
Time left to respond
Distance to caller

Within the timeout, you can respond to that call with the !respond command. Now, the timeout disappears, and a message will be shown, that you are en route. Beware: TOWs are civilians, they may not speed to incidents, or they risk being fined by cops.
If your car is equipped with a locator, it will also automatically show the target indicator, that will help you finding the person or location.

Leaving a task / aborting
The call can be cancelled by the caller at any time, in case it was a false alarm or the situation has been solved in the mean time. In that case, a huge message is shown. But you can also cancel your response at any time with the !leave command.

Command reference
!caution+ - Caution-sign on
!caution- - Caution-sign off
!caution - Caution-sign toggle on/off

!hazard+ - Hazard-sign on
!hazard- - Hazard-sign off
!hazard - Hazard-sign toggle on/off

!respond - Respond to a SOS-call
!leave - Leave a SOS-call

!ramp+ - Spawns a ramp
!ramp- - Removes previously spawned ramp

Best practices
Do not overuse the !caution. It will make people ignore it more and more.
Less cautions on scene. If you're not directly involved in towing when other people are on scene, turn your caution off, and park offside the road. Many caution signs on one spot makes it confusing for approaching traffic to realise the scene.
Do not block the entire road. If you're safeguarding a scene, or just waiting, make sure you (and the other cars) don't block the entire road. Better line-up on one side. Always leave a gap so that people who failed to brake in time have an emergency exit.

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