Types of tow trucks and their usesThere are different kinds of vehicles designed for towing. Each kind of towing vehicle is used for different towing purposes. Each also offers its own advantages and/or disadvantages. It is up to you to determine which one is the right type for you. Hoist Towing and Recovery, roadside assistance in Prescott, explains the main types of tow trucks and their uses.

Hook and chain tow trucks.

These trucks are often used to tow cargo. These trucks were commonly used to tow vehicles in the past. We now know that a huge amount of pressure is applied on the towed vehicles using hook and chain tow trucks. Wrapped chain can scratch or damage the vehicle being towed. Hook and chain tow trucks cannot be used to tow all-wheel and 4×4 drives as it can cause very expensive damage to the drivetrain. Today, many recommend that you use this option only if you are transporting a wrecked car to a junkyard!

Wheel-lift tow trucks.

The trucks have a mechanism similar to the hook and chain tow trucks, but they employ a metal yoke instead of chains. Wheel-lift tow trucks cause less damage to a towed vehicle than hook and chain tow trucks. While they are relatively inexpensive, they are not as good for towing vehicles as the next truck on the list.

Flatbed Tow Trucks.

These trucks are now one of the most widely trucks used for towing vehicles. Hoist Towing and Recovery uses flatbed tow trucks. A flatbed truck has a long empty, flat bed. Hydraulics move the flatbed up and down. You can simply drive your vehicle up the ramp, or have it pulled up. This is one of the safest ways you can tow a vehicle.

Hoist Towing and Recovery, roadside assistance in Prescott, hopes this explanation of tow trucks and their uses is helpful to you. If you do find yourself in a situation where you need a vehicle towed, call your 24-hour roadside service in Prescott, Hoist Towing and Recovery at 928-660-0606.

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