Knowing the Best Tow Truck for Your Unique Situation

» Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Towing | 0 comments

Professional and experienced towing companies only use high quality and truly dependable towing equipment as well as tool configurations, which are designed for certain situations in order to make sure that the towing service will be done in the right and safest way. Thus, since the ease of access as well as the sizes of vehicles might vary considerably, the full-service recovery and towing companies should employ a wide range of reliable tow trucks as well as accessories in order to manage any challenges on the road. In some regions, all kinds of cars travel at truly high speeds over rain and often winding as well as ice-slicked roads that might be several miles away from the nearest community. And, in some instances, more high-quality and powerful trucks that have specialized equipment might be mandatory in order to accomplish a certain recovery. 


The most ideal type of tow truck for certain situation actually depends on some factors. As a matter of fact, what works for an average passenger car broken down along the roadside might not totally work for a tractor trailed that is overturned in a ditch. Trying to have the latter rescued using a low capacity tow truck can really be dangerous and ineffective. Factors to determine the right tow truck for your situation are the following: 

  • Distance from the surface of the road 
  • Damage level. No damage or minimal damage may require different approaches compared to a highly damaged car, in which some or even all wheels are actually not functioning anymore. 
  • Weight and type of the tow truck. It can be a tractor trailer, heavy duty-track, pick-up, camper, or passenger car. 
  • The type of orientation, whether it is turned over or upright. 

Types of Tow Trucks 

The Wheel-Lift Type 

The wheel-lift towing systems are actually very common most especially in normal passenger towing. In order to do this, a yoke type apparatus wraps around the rear or front wheels without touching any metal part. The towing vehicle simply drives and lifts away. The operator of this kind of tow truck will lift the car through the drive wheels whenever possible in order to prevent any damage to the drive system as well as the transmission. 

The Flat Bed Type 

Flat bed tow trucks are actually equipped with hydraulics, which let the flat bed tilt into its ramp mode, drive or pull the automobile onto the bed, as well as return to a horizontal manner afterwards.  This method is actually very simple and safe, minimizing any potential damage to your vehicle. 

The Chain and Hook Type 

Tow trucks that are equipped with a chain and hook devices have actually been used for many decades, even though they are mainly used for totally wrecked cars today. As a matter of fact, the process is to attach the accessories and hook to the axle or front end of the vehicle, and then lift as well as tow. The problem with this is that this kind of method in towing has already proven to be very damaging to the car and can also compromise all the four-wheel and all-wheel drive systems. 

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