When a customer calls for a towing service they are given the option of having a flatbed or wheel lift tow. After being given the choice, they will ask which one is better? Both towing services are equally as good. However each has a slightly different use. Which towing method is preferred is often determined by the situation. Speedway Towing & Roadside Assistance uses both wheel lift and flatbed towing and for a number of different situations. To better help our customers understand the advantages and uses for the two towing methods we will explain how they work and in what situation.
When Do You Need a Flatbed Tow?
Flatbed towing uses a vehicle called a Flatbed Auto Hauler which comes in various sizes to tow small to larger vehicles, even construction fleets. This truck uses a platform that is mechanically moved partially off of the back of the truck to make it easier to load the vehicle from almost any position. The truck will position itself in front of the vehicle that is being towed and back up as close as possible. Depending on the size of the vehicle, a winch, tow chain, or even a crane like device will pull or load the vehicle on the truck. The vehicle is then strapped in place and sits on the truck stationary. A flatbed tow truck is often used for larger vehicles or vehicles that have been damaged or wrecked and can’t operate. Many people prefer flatbed towing to transporting their vehicle to prevent wear on the vehicle’s transmission, like wheel lift towing can do. Additionally, some will say it’s safer for the vehicle to prevent damage or if the towing truck gets in a wreck the vehicle is often left untouched. Flatbed haul or tow truck are greatly universal and can be used in also most any situation.
When is a Wheel Lift Tow Truck Best?
Wheel lift towing is the very first or original towing methods. Being the original method of towing, wheel lift has been around for decades and is still used today. Wheel lift towing essential will lift the front or back two tires off of the ground while the other set rolls along the highway, being pulled by the tow truck. The vehicle is either chained or strapped to the tow truck while a crane like device holds half of the vehicle off of the ground. Depending on the vehicle, its position, or if any damages are present, will determine if the front or rear wheels are suspended. Wheel lift towing is best used on average recreational vehicles and those in working order. Wheel lift towing is recommended for shorter distance towing as this towing method can wear down the transmission.
Flatbed & Wheel Lift Towing in Irving, Fort Worth, Arlington, Carrollton & Plano Texas
Both towing methods are still widely used today because they both are efficient ways to transporting vehicles. When you need a towing service make sure to explain the need for the tow and what condition your vehicle is in to help the company determine which method is better suited for the job. If you need a towing service, contact Speedway Towing & Roadside Assistance. We provide both flatbed and wheel lift towing along with roadside assistance services. Contact Speedway Towing & Roadside Assistance today!