Tow Truck Types

Some people have never realized that towing a damaged vehicle is a complex task that needs the right type of tow truck and the right towing technique. The most important thing when towing a vehicle is making sure it’s moved safely without causing any further damage. While there are different types of equipment and techniques used to when towing vehicles, here are the main types of tow trucks used by most towing companies across the country.

Hook and Chain Tow Truck

The hook and chain tow truck seems to have fallen out somehow although it used to be the preferred tow truck for most companies. These trucks have a hook that’s attached to the towed vehicle’s body at the front end. The vehicle is then raised off the ground and moved with its two wheels on the ground. Most drivers don’t prefer these trucks as they can damage the vehicle.

Flatbed Tow Truck

These tow trucks are also known as the “rollback” trucks. Most towing companies across the country prefer these trucks as they are considered the safest when it comes to transporting a vehicle. The trucks usually have long, flat beds with a hydraulic system that makes it easy to load vehicles. Once the vehicle is properly set on the flatbed, the hydraulic system evens out the ramp and the truck can now start moving with the vehicle. The fact the vehicle is not dragged in any way means flatbed tow trucks are more convenient and safer than the hook and chain tow truck. This is the kind of truck I prefer any time I have a breakdown.

Wheel-Lift Tow Truck

The wheel-lift tow trucks work almost the same way as the hook and chain tow trucks in the sense that the vehicle is moved with its two wheels off the ground. Both of these trucks transport vehicles by means of pulling. However, the difference lies in the fact that wheel lift tow trucks have a metal yoke that helps in securing the vehicle to the truck. With these trucks, their risk of damage is lesser.

You can always choose from these three types of tow trucks when in need of towing service. Before you hire a towing service provider, make sure they are licensed and insured for your peace of mind.