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Types of Tow Trucks

Driving around town, you’ve probably seen a few different kinds of tow trucks. Have you ever wondered why?

Like a mechanic’s toolbox, different tow trucks are designed for specific jobs. While they all might move a car from point A to point B, there’s a reason to use one versus the other. Sometimes your car requires a certain type of hook-up because of its model, or sometimes you need a certain truck because of the situation your car is in.

Fortunately most tow trucks are commonly named by how they appear or operate, so it’s never hard to remember which is what.

Flatbed Tow Trucks

Flatbed tow trucks are aptly named for the flatbed found behind the driver’s cab. Also referred to as rollback trucks because of the hydraulic system that raises and lowers the back end, flatbed trucks are some of the most common ones found on the road.

On these trucks, the bed moves to an angle so that the vehicle can drive directly onto the bed before being leveled out for a long haul. This is the safest way to move a car and causes the least amount of damage to vehicles because of the lack of moving parts. Due to these facts, flatbeds are the most commonly used in consumer towing services.

Hook and Chain Tow Trucks

Hook and chain trucks are intimidating, clunky metal monstrosities equipped with heavy chains and thick hooks designed to drag vehicles around by hooking onto their axles or frames.

These types of trucks are mostly dated at this point in favor of the more popular flatbed truck, but they are still in use. Because of the damage they can cause cars by their towing method, they’re often used to tow junk cars or just junk items. Their long chains are also great at reaching cars stuck in angles where other tow truck can’t reach them.

Wheel-lift Tow Trucks

As you might have guessed, wheel-lift trucks work by lifting your car by its wheels. These trucks have a giant metal yoke sticking out of their rear that sits under your car’s wheels. Powered by hydraulics, the yoke then lifts your vehicle off the ground.

While safer than hook and chain trucks, they’re still not as safe as flatbed trucks. Wheel-lift trucks are much cheaper to operate than flatbed trucks, so you’ll commonly see them used by towing companies.

While there are more types of tow trucks, these are by far the most common you’ll see on a day-to-day basis. It takes a professional to know which you need for your tow, so call ASAP Towing today and we can discuss your needs to get you safely where you need to be.

ASAP Towing has the tools and trucks for any job

ASAP Towing uses safe equipment and uses safe practices to tow your car with any type of truck.

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