Everybody who has been on the road is probably aware of what towing services are. These are services that are generally offered by emergency road operators. Emergency road operators can be from private companies or from public agencies. In case of traffic accidents and emergencies, collisions, breakdowns, parking violations, and others, towing services are in charge of “towing” the vehicle to car impounds.
Towing services are quite popular these days as a form of business. This is because on a day to day basis, there are hundreds of traffic accidents that happen on the roads of the United States. In addition, there are also more than a thousand drivers who commit parking violations and there are also almost 200 vehicles that collide or break down. These incidences have contributed much to the rapidly flourishing towing industry in America.
The various types of towing equipment
In general, there are five types of towing equipment that is being utilized by major emergency road operators both in the metropolitan areas and the rural sites. The type of the towing equipment that will be used for each situation depends on the size of the vehicle that should be towed.
Boom: This equipment is not specifically designed for towing trucks alone. However many towing services make use of these adjustable boom pulleys in order to recover vehicles that have been stuck in ditches and cesspools.
Belt lifts: This refer to those looped chains that are attached to vehicles. This allows the tow truck to pull the vehicle by the axle. However, belt lifts are not often used these days because they can cause scratches on the vehicle’s bumper. If you want to use this equipment, just make sure that the vehicle to be towed has steel bumpers.
Wheel lifts: This lifts are the latest versions of the hook and chain combinations that were used in the early years of trucking and towing. These refer to those huge metal yokes that can be attached under the wheels of the vehicle along with a hydraulic hoist.
Slide: this towing equipment refers to that “bed” that is placed at the back of the towing truck. The hydraulics of the slide allows the “bed” to move to ground level in order to pull the vehicle using a winch.
Quick pick: the quick pick serves as the integrated towing equipment that combines the features of a boom and a wheel lift. Basically, this type of towing equipment can be used to repossess vehicles or to transfer illegally parked vehicles. Among the five types of towing tools, the quick pick is the most reliable for both light duty and heavy duty trucks.