Types of Tow Trucks
There are a variety of different tow trucks available. The type of tow truck you use can determine the methods you use when you need Plain City towing. It can also determine what type of vehicle you can tow.
There are five different types of two trucks:
Boom Tow Truck- Boom tow trucks use a boom winch and can reach cars in ditches and other hard to reach places.
Slide or Flatbed Tow Truck- This tow truck has a large bed on the back that can be lowered through hydraulics to allow the car onto the bed. This works best when the car is drivable. If not, these tow trucks also have a boom winch to pull the vehicle up. Flatbed tow trucks are very common, and they are often used in accidents. These are considered the safest tow trucks.
Sling or Hook and Chain Tow Truck- This type of truck connects the car to the tow truck with chains. The vehicle being towed will have either the front or rear wheels on the ground. The car must be in neutral while the tow truck is driving it. This type of tow truck is not ideal for cars with all-wheel drive because of potential damage to the bumper. These trucks are not as common as the other trucks, and when they are used, it’s usually for junked cars.
Integrated Tow Truck- Integrated tow trucks use both the boom winch and wheel-lift methods. These trucks are commonly used for repossessions, and the driver does not even have to get out of the vehicle to connect the car being towed.
Wheel-lift Tow Truck- Wheel-lift tow trucks are very similar to hook and chain tow trucks except that they have a fitted metal yoke that goes under the tires that gives the tow truck an extra level of support. Front wheel drive vehicles are towed by the front wheels. These are not as safe as flatbed tow trucks, but they are relatively inexpensive.