Originally Posted by Nutmeg
My last step before towing is to push by hand my toad backwards until one of the tow bar arms locks (Blue OX). Confirmation the drive train is free and the brakes are off.
We do this if we're hooking up on a flat spot, which is not always the case. More importantly, as we're first rolling with the toad hooked up, we purposely drive a tight 'S' curve in the parking area so we can physically see the tires free rolling on both sides of the car. Doesn't take a lot of room and would show you if the tire were either locked or were dragging or scuffing the pavement. Doing this also allows us to watch the tow bar in the rear-view camera to make sure the arms lock out fully.
And to the OP, you are NOT alone!