Tow Truck Services: What You Need to Know

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If you own and drive a car, there is a good chance that sooner or later you will require the services of a tow truck company. Many drivers ignore the fact they may need to call a tow truck service and find themselves stranded on the side of the road when disaster strikes. Below is a helpful overview of everything you need to know about a tow truck service.

Reasons you may need a tow truck 

There many different situations when you may be forced to call a tow truck, such as:

  • The battery on your car is dead
  • Your vehicle has become stuck in wet mud or sand
  • Your car's tyres are damaged or flat
  • You are involved in a road traffic accident
  • Your car suffers a mechanical failure

Ways a tow truck company may tow your car

Depending on the recovery vehicles which are available, your car will be towed in one of two ways. The tow company may use a flatbed truck to transport your car to a place of safety. If your car can still drive, it may be driven up a ramp onto the back of the truck. However, if you car will not run or if it is stuck in mud or sand, the tow truck contractor will use a winch to pull your car onto the back of the flatbed truck.

Alternatively, the tow truck company may use two-wheeled towing to transport your vehicle. In this case, your car will be attached to the rear of the tow truck with the front two wheels elevated off the road. Once the vehicle is secured in place using straps, the car can be towed on its two rear wheels behind the truck.

The benefits of using a professional towing service

There are many benefits of using a professional towing service. The major benefit is that the contractor will be fully trained which means he will have the right tools for the job and the knowledge of how to safely attach and tow your vehicle behind his. Using a professional towing company also reduces the risk of damage to your vehicle during the towing process. A tow truck driver is also likely to be familiar with the local roads and the nearest auto repair shop.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of towing, you should contact a local professional tow service.