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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Audrey and today, I would like to invite you all to learn about the wonders of the automobile. I first became interested in the auto mobile after the death of my husband. Until that point, I had no interest in cars at all. My husband did all the driving and I simply had to turn up on time and climb into the back. However, a few days after the funeral, I walked into our garage and I decided that I would learn how to drive and how to maintain an automobile. Our mechanic has been very good at teaching me a few things and giving me some top advice.


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4 Types of Towing Services Every Driver Should Know About

Tracy Arnold

A vehicle emergency can happen when you least expect it. It could be in the form of an accident or even mechanical failure. When found in such a predicament, the services of a reliable towing company can be a lifesaver. However, before you can engage these services, it would help if you knew which service to request. Here are the various types of towing services that every driver should know about.

Flatbed Towing

Most vehicle manufacturers consider flatbed towing to be the safest method available. A flatbed truck utilises hydraulics to move the flat top bed upwards and downwards. You have the option of driving the vehicle up the ramp onto the bed, or you can also have it pulled up by a winch. 

Flatbed towing is suitable for transporting cars, light trucks, pickups and small utility trucks. Since the entire weight of the vehicle is evenly distributed on its four wheels, this method is suitable for long-distance transit. This is unlike other techniques where the car's suspension may experience unnecessary strain.

Hook and Chain Towing

This is another towing method suited for all types of vehicles. Unfortunately, it has been associated with causing damage to the car. This is because of the intense pressure applied to the towed car. Since the wrapped chains could also scratch your vehicle, it is recommended that you opt for this method only when you are ferrying a wrecked automobile. Additionally, this method is not suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles, because it could damage the drivetrain.

Wheel Lift Towing

Wheel lift towing utilises a similar mechanism to the hook and chain. However, instead of using chains, it employs a metal yoke in a bid to minimise damage to the towed vehicle. Here, the yoke is attached to the front or rear wheels while a hydraulic lift or a pneumatic hoist suspends the vehicle from the ground and pulls it away.

Integrated Towing

Integrated towing is a more specialised system and is widely preferred for heavy-duty purposes. This is a suitable option if you wish to haul another rig or a bus. Trucks used in integrated towing have added axles for extra strength and stability. For the same reason, its arm is embedded tightly in the centre of the truck.

Towing services are instrumental when you need roadside assistance, regardless of the reason why. It is always wise to have the number of a reliable towing service in your vehicle just in case you find yourself in such a situation.