Commercial Tow Truck Functions
Cars may be involved in an accident and pile up on the road, which will then require that towing company be called in to remove them from the scene. It is important that the cars on the roads are removed promptly, as their continued stay on the road will hinder the normal traffic movements of other road users. Towing services allow for the faster resumption of normal road conditions, and for speedy investigations of the causes of accidents. If your car was part of the accident; it is imperative that you see to it that the towing company does not damage it further.
There are different types of tow trucks available to the towing companies. Each truck differs in functioning. Boom trucks have an adjustable boom winch for situations where the tow truck is not able to reverse safely up to the damaged vehicle. The purpose of the winch is to pull the vehicle to a safe area for the towing to take place.
Hook and chain tow trucks will have chains looped around the axle o the damaged vehicle, and a boom winch will be used to pull the car to a towable position, before it is pulled away. They find their use in situations where the vehicle to be towed is missing some wheels, or has a strong steel bumper. They can, however, damage the axles of these cars.
Wheel lift trucks are the evolution of the hook and chain tow trucks. They have a yoke that goes under the front or rear wheels of front drive and rear drive vehicles respectively, and hoists that part of the car above ground for towing. It does not link to the axles, but to the tires of the car.
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Flatbed trucks have a flat surface on the back, which can be lowered or inclined for the vehicle to be towed to either be rolled or winched onto it, before it is removed from the accident scene.
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There have been developed integrated trucks, or self-loaders, which have characteristics of both the boom and chain, and wheel lift trucks. It can be operated from the comfort of the driver’s seat, which makes it fast and usable in rainy weather.
Tow truck companies are normally called in by the local law enforcement officers in the event of an accident. There are a few local government bodies and other institutions that may have their towing trucks. It is expected that they shall keep these trucks in good condition, as well as ensuring that they have qualified staff to do the towing duties.
These towing truck companies also go a step further and assist in the cleanup of the scene. If the damaged car is drivable, they will provide rollover and load shift services to get the vehicle upright and assist in redistributing its load for safe driving.