Spotlight on Different Towing Methods

Your car could potentially break down at any time and in any location, leaving you stranded on the side of the road. Fortunately, towing companies are available on a 24/7 basis to send out tow truck drivers to rescue stranded motorists. A large towing company will typically have a diverse fleet that can handle different sizes, weights, and types of vehicles. The tow truck driver will choose the most appropriate towing method, based on your particular situation.

Hook and Chain Towing

With the hook and chain method, the vehicle being towed is lifted up by the front end. The chains and hook are attached to the axle, which allows the boom to lift the front end up and place the front wheels on the back of the tow truck. The rear wheels of the car being towed will remain on the road. Hook and chain towing is an affordable way to get your car to a mechanic’s shop. However, it isn’t appropriate for all vehicles. There is a possibility of damage to the drivetrain when the vehicle being towed is an all-wheel or 4X4 drive. 

Flatbed Towing

Flatbed towing is widely considered to be preferable compared to hook and chain towing, as it treats the vehicle gently and prevents potential damage to the drivetrain. This towing method is also the most common one used today. As the name suggests, a flatbed tow truck has a long, flat bed in the back. The tow truck operator will use hydraulics to tilt the flat bed downward. Then, the vehicle to be towed can either be driven up the ramp or pulled up the ramp if it’s inoperable. 

Wheel Lift Towing

Wheel lift towing is similar to hook and chain towing, but with one key difference. It involves a yoke, which is an attachment that is positioned underneath either the front or rear wheels. This metal yoke is used in place of the chains and hook. A hydraulic or pneumatic lift elevates the vehicle off the ground. Wheel dollies can be used if the vehicle is AWD.

The fleet at Barnett’s Towing in Arizona can handle any type of vehicle, from passenger cars to heavy duty trucks. We’ve available 24/7 to take your call at (800) 722-2302.