At some point in time, the need for tow service generally arise due to whisking the vehicle away. This instance may be brought about by certain factors like vehicle breakdown, accident or moving from one place to another. The most basic process for booking a tow truck is informing the operator the type of vehicle to be towed. Knowing this, they will able to identify the type of tow truck to sent out.
Types of Tow Trucks
Aside from the truck tents, below are the types of tow trucks that will be sent out in times of need.
This is the most common type being used for towing most likely for passenger vehicles. A flatbed is included in this tow truck type which can be tilted. This operation can give way to the back of the truck to lay down to the ground so that the vehicle can be driven or pulled inside the truck bed.
Flatbed tow truck is the best option for transporting cars involved in any accidents, especially those that are seriously damaged. However, cars that are very low may have difficulties in pulling onto the back of the truck. That’s why it is better to inform the operator that the car is low to make them prepare for a different truck appropriate for the vehicle.
Hook and chain type
This is basically the ‘iconic’ type of tow truck. Because of the probable damage that it may cause, the hook and chain type are not commonly use as of now. It can typically damage the drivetrains and may cause wear and tear to the tires. And the worst is that the vehicle bumper may be damaged as well because of the truck’s chain. Yet, this tow truck type is more compact compared to the flatbed making it ideal to retrieve vehicles from small spaces or difficult spots.
Wheel lift type
It looks similarly to the hook and chain type. However, a different device, rather than a metal hook and chain, is used to hook the vehicle in front or at the rear of the tires. Even though it doesn’t used metal chains and hooks, it may still cause possible damage to drivetrains.
In order to lift the vehicle for towing, pneumatic host or hydraulic lift is used alternatively.
This is preferred for towing vehicles of big rigs. The design of this truck is really perfect for moving out vehicles like construction equipment, buses, and other trucks as well.