A terrible myth that has been floating around the towing industry is that you can’t request a tow truck according to your preference, when you can in fact choose the type of tow truck! At least this applies in most cases. Some companies only specialize in selected towing options, so if you do have a preference you can call around. Successful towing often stems from the specs of the tow truck, and understanding your choices can better help you make a more optimal decision when hiring a tow truck company. With that in mind, we at Citywide Towing would like to take this opportunity to discuss the different tow trucks.
Types of Tow Trucks; Flatbed, Hook & Chain and Wheel Lift
For starters, there are three primary options that are included in the towing truck fleet; flatbed trucks, hook and chain trucks, and wheel lift trucks.
Hook and Chain Trucks: Hook and chain tow trucks are not commonly used because of a number of reasons. With quite a few incidents that befall vehicles during the chain and hook method; like scratches and bumps during the tow among other issues, professionals have used it less and less in favor of safer methods. To avoid further damage to your vehicle, it is in your better interest to ensure you’re your provider doesn’t utilize this method.
Flatbed Trucks: The most popular vehicles used for towing is the use of flatbed tow trucks. With a large empty platform that inclines to form a ramp, your car can be driven or dragged on top of the tow truck. After the vehicle is placed on the platform it is then secured by durable straps and locked into place. This method is one of the safest types of tow truck methods available on the market today. When you are looking for the safest and most efficient options, flatbed trucks are the most ideal.
Wheel Lift Trucks: The third option you may have when hiring a towing service company is with the wheel lift truck method. Instead of using the chain like the hook and chain truck, a yoke is used that is far more secure and safe. The tow truck specialist will strategically place the yoke under the front axle or rear axle of the vehicle and then the automobile is then lifted up. The vehicle can be safely towed after the front wheels of your car are completely lifted off the ground.
Why is a Towing Service Needed?
There are several reasons as to why you would need a tow. A few example scenarios include the following:
– An accident has left your vehicle inoperable.
– Mechanical failure.
– Getting an inoperable vehicle to a new destination.
– Relocating a perfectly operable vehicle to avoid the mileage.
– And More.
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No matter what your reasons are for a tow, you do have the option to make a request as to which method you prefer. If you are uncertain which method is optimal for your needs, the dispatcher can help you find the tow most ideal for your situation. With Citywide Towing, no matter what your towing needs are in the greater Dallas, Texas area is, we are happy to accommodate you. Contact us whenever you or your loved ones find yourself stranded on the side of the road.