Wheel lift towing can be a useful, efficient way to transport your car after a breakdown. For every vehicle and situation, this method may not be right, unfortunately. It may or may not be the ideal form of transport according to the type of vehicle you drive and where you are headed as well as how your vehicle is positioned. Wheel lift towing and its applications is what we at Speedway Towing & Roadside Assistance would like to discuss today.
Basics of a Wheel Lift Tow Truck
Equipped to wheel lift tow trucks is a metal yoke that fits underneath either the front or rear wheels of the vehicle to be towed. Wheel lift tow trucks also use a hydraulic lift system in order to hoist the vehicle’s front or rear end off the ground. The other two wheels stay on the roadway during towed.
Wheel Lift Tow Truck is Best for 2WD Vehicles
What type of drive system you have is something you should know. If your car is a two-wheel drive, wheel lift towing can work great. Vehicles with all-wheel or four-wheel drive should be towed using a flatbed tow truck that lifts all four wheels completely off the ground during towing. Otherwise transmission and other damage can be caused. Though there are always exceptions, check your vehicles owner’s manual and read the section on towing just to make sure. For local, short distance towing, it is possible to add dollies to the wheels that run on the ground but this is not suitable for long distance towing.
Benefits of Wheel Lift Towing
Wheel lift towing is superior to hook and chain towing. Rather than wrapping chains around the axles of the vehicles, the metal yoke lifts the vehicle by its tires. This method makes it less likely to cause damage to the car’s frame and bumper. Wheel lift towing makes it easier to maneuver vehicles out of tight spots as well. Some examples are when your car’s battery dies or you get a flat while you’re parallel parked, wheel lift towing can easily extract your car without damaging any of the nearby vehicles.
Flatbed Towing is Best Way to Tow a Classic Car Long Distance
No matter what kind of towing method employed, the vehicle being towed is at some risk of potential damage however, flatbed towing is preferable for valuable cars. Flatbed towing keeps the vehicle being towed up above the roadway leaving them less susceptible to flying rocks and debris. It also avoids adding unnecessary mileage to classic and antique cars, especially when being towed a long distance.
Towing & Roadside Assistance in Irving, Fort Worth, Arlington, Carrollton & Plano Texas
With a number of towing options that can apply to your individual circumstances when it comes to towing in the Greater Irving, TX area, call Speedway Towing & Roadside Assistance. You can rely on Speedway Towing & Roadside Assistance for safe and efficient towing services.