Truck Towing

Discover Ultimate Beginners Guide of Truck Towing

When you spend a lot of hours on the highway you need to know a few things if you face any defect or an accident. One of the things you need to know is who to call to help you in that situation.


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In this article, I will introduce you to the service that will help you to solve the problem and i will give you few directions step by step how to find the best one for you.

What is truck towing

A Tow truck is a truck used to move disabled, impounded, improperly parked or indisposed motor vehicles. These tow trucks are also called:

  • Recovery vehicles
  • Wrecker
  • Breakdown lorry
  • Breakdown truck

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There a few types of Truck Towing:

Boom towing –adjustable boom winch is used to recover vehicles from a ditch, or any place where the vehicle cannot be safely reached.

Hook and chain – this type of towing is practiced for vehicles that have been in an accident and where the front or rear wheels are missing. This towing type is not much used because the chains that are looped around the frame and there are possibility of scratching or damaging the bumper.

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Wheel-Lift – this is a modern and safer form of hook and chain towing technology. Hook and chains are replaced with a metal yoke that can be fitted under the rear or front wheels were just the wheels are touched and lift.

Flatbed – in this way the vehicle is pulled and towed. It is widely used to tow various types of vehicles because the risk of damaging is very low.

It is more practical because when the vehicles are transported using a flatbed truck, the wheels are not left hanging in the air and because of that there is a low possibility of damaging.

Integrated – Wheel lift and a boom synthesized into a single unit

When can you use truck towing

Being on the open road can bring you a lot of unexpected situations, and vehicle defects. Some of the breaks, you will be able to fix by yourself, but for some you will need to call special service to recover your truck or to tow it to the nearest repair service.

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Tow Trucks for transport industry are mostly used for transferring damaged trucks, from the place of accident to the place of repair.

Here is when the truck towing can save you time and nerves.

  1. Bad weather may contribute to the instability of the truck and the truck can easily be placed in a ditch. When further driving is not possible, truck towing can help you to place the truck back to the drivable surface.
  2. When one of your trucks breaks down and won’t move an inch further you can call a truck towing service to help you, to move your truck to the nearest service station or to the place you want.
  3. If an accident occurs and your truck is badly damaged the truck towing team will transport your truck in speed to the nearest repair facility. Your unit will be handled quickly, but safe. Saving time and money is always a good thing.


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In place to get the bigger picture I am giving you a list of some of the services that truck Towing company is offering:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Towing
  • Roadside Services
  • Complete RV Towing
  • Auto Towing
  • Commercial Truck Towing
  • Off Road Recovery
  • Roadside Assistance
  • RV Towing
  • Semi Truck Towing
  • Bus Towing
  • Medium Duty Towing
  • Local Towing
  • Interstate Towing
  • Fuel Delivery
  • Transport Heavy Equipment
  • Light Duty Towing
  • Medium Duty Towing
  • Flat Tire Changes
  • Car Battery Jump Starts
  • Fuel Delivery
  • Transport Heavy Equipment

What is the price of truck towing

Different companies give different towing rates.

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Here are few examples of variables that directly affect the cost of an average tow:

  • Cost of labor – Once a tow truck is dispatched to your position, you have your cost of labor
  • Hook up fee – Cost can range from $80-$145 and it just depends on the company
  • Per-hour charge – The duration of time that tow driver will spend on your truck 165/an hour
  • Time of call – If it is during the working ours the cost will be regular, but if it is in the late ours, the cost of towing will increase
  • Holidays – The cost will also be much higher than the regular days
  • Weather – Bad conditions bring more work and harder tow, this means more cost
  • Distance – Less distance, less cost. The longer your vehicle must be towed, the more it’s going to cost you
  • Service needed – If your vehicle is stuck in the mud removing it may be billed at an hourly rate
  • Reason for towing – You have to know that in case of repair truck towing can reach up to $10,000 and in case of accident can be up to $50,000

How to lower the cost of truck towing

The best way to avoid getting overcharged is to find a towing company with a good reputation. Do not leave nothing to the chances, before you need truck towing, find a great company with great service and inform your dispatch center to know who they need to call in a case of an accident.

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Don’t be a part of the horror towing scams stories, choose the trustworthy towing company and prevent yourself from overcharging. Well… Ok! But how should I know which towing company will not just offer me the greatest conditions, but also will honor the contract?

Don’t stress yourself, practice this tips and you will be safe.

  • Choose big towing company with positive customer reviews and good reputation – every towing company will tell you that they are the best in the business, but you will never know if that is the truth or not. Big towing companies will give you good rates and great service. They can provide you with the customer reviews where you can get more info for their service. A good towing business will have no problem telling you about their clients, in fact… they will be proud of their satisfied customers.
  • Work with Licensed and Insured Towing Companies – Proper certifications is a great way to ensure that the company knows what is doing.
  • Avoid Cheap and Small Towing Companies – your cheap tow can easily become your biggest mistake and biggest expense. If it is too good to be true, stop right now and look deeply, IT MIGHT BE A SCAM!

Did you hear of the bandit truck operators? If you never heard about these bandits, here are a few tips how to recognize their behavior.

  • They will approach you when you are in inconvenient position
  • They insist on towing your vehicle to their shop or their garage (honest truck driver will tow your vehicle in the place you want)
  • They rush to sign a release in order to ”get your vehicle out of traffic”
  • They are not willing to tell you the price of the towing

However, not every cheap company is bad for business, there are reliable among them, but you need to consult, research and inform yourself before you sign anything.

Plan your maintenance and avoid truck towing

Unexpected situation on the road can cause you stress and can be a reason for unnecessary cost. Running well-maintained trucks are an essential thing to do, if you want to ensure:

  • on time delivery of the load and
  • happy customers to work with in the future

Having a regular maintenance plan for your trucks will stop the defect before it occurs, more important: to prevent the defect occurring when your truck is on the open road, many miles away from a recovery service.

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I do not say that if you regularly maintain your trucks you would not have unexpected problems and defects, I am saying that these types of problems will be relatively reduced.



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