When you find yourself broken down on the side of the road or you need a vehicle transported, you will need to contact a towing service. A towing service can transport a classic or antique vehicle to a show or a broken down vehicle to the mechanic or your home. When requesting a towing service, often they will have different types of tow trucks. One type of tow truck is a flatbed and the second is a wheel lift. Speedway Towing & Roadside Assistance will share the difference between these two tow trucks so you know which one is better for your vehicle and the situation you are in.
Wheel Lift Tow Truck
A wheel lift tow truck is a common tow truck and one of the original types of tow truck made. As the name suggests, a wheel lift tow truck lifts up the front or the rear wheels of the vehicle. Only half of the vehicle is suspended while the other two wheels roll along the road. Which set of tires that are suspended varies. It often depends on whether the front or rear of the vehicle has been damaged. Manual transmission style engines will have either the front or rear wheel locked. You must tow a manual from the unlocked side. A wheel lift tow truck is best for vehicle’s that need to be transported a shorter distance and if the vehicle isn’t damaged too severely. If your vehicle was involved in an accident and cannot roll away, you will want flatbed towed truck instead.
Flatbed Tow Truck
A flatbed tow truck is a large truck with a flatbed which is which the broken down vehicle sits on. A flatbed tow truck also comes with a winch that helps move vehicle out of ditches, those that may be stuck in the mud, or even recovering rollover accidents. A flatbed tow truck can transport vehicles that have been severely damaged and are inoperable. Flat bed tow trucks are also ideal if you want to avoid wearing down your vehicle. For those who have classic or exotic vehicles, the flatbed tow truck keeps your vehicle off the ground which reduces wear and tear during transportation and helps to protect the vehicle better. If you need a vehicle transported that has been damaged or you want to ensure your vehicle is safety towed, a flatbed tow truck is the better option.
Communicate with Towing Service
When you need a vehicle towed you must communicate the situation. The towing service cannot guess which vehicle you need or desire. In general, a wheel lift tow truck is cheaper than a flatbed tow truck. However, there are a lot of benefits to a flatbed tow truck which is why it is worth the slightly higher price. The cost isn’t the main consideration when requesting a tow truck. When requesting a tow truck, make sure to provide details of the situation. If you are not sure which tow truck you need, the service can help determine which type of truck is right for the situation.