Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Attempt DIY Towing

If you’ve got a hitch on the back of your truck or van, you might be tempted to tow a stranded vehicle yourself instead of calling a professional tow truck driver. Taking a DIY approach to towing might save you from paying for the tow, but in the end, it’ll likely cost you far more. This is because DIY towing can inflict considerable damage on both vehicles. Quite simply, towing isn’t something that can be done by just anyone. It requires expertise and specialized equipment.

Expert tow truck drivers use professional-grade equipment.

The general public has access to a limited range of towing hitches and similar equipment. These may be sufficient for towing a small trailer or tow-behind cart. However, they are inappropriate for towing larger and heavier vehicles, such as passenger cars. In contrast, professional tow truck drivers have access to professional-grade equipment that is more than capable of handling the demands of towing any type of vehicle.

You’ll risk exceeding the maximum load rate.

Tow trucks aren’t like other vehicles. They have specially designed frames, axles, and engines that allow them to tow a significant amount of weight safely. Regular trucks and vans simply aren’t designed to tow heavy vehicles. If you attempt a DIY tow job, you’ll risk exceeding the maximum load capacity of the vehicle. This means that the vehicle’s internal components—such as the engine, transmission, brakes, and frame—can easily sustain damage. Furthermore, you’re likely to risk external damage as well, such as detached bumpers.

Towing necessitates modifications to typical driving methods.

Along with not having the proper equipment to tow a vehicle, most drivers lack the necessary expertise. Towing a vehicle requires specialized driving methods. Tow truck drivers adjust their driving to suit the weight of the vehicle they are towing in order to keep everyone safe on the road.

There is no need to risk DIY towing when professional towing services are available around the clock, seven days per week from Barnett’s Towing, LLC. We serve drivers throughout Arizona and can handle all types of towing jobs—from passenger vehicles to big rigs. Give us a call at (800) 722-2302 to request a tow.