Understanding the Mechanism of a Tow Truck for Beginners
As I was visiting my local towing service, I started to think about the mechanics of this machinery. Tow trucks come in handy at the worst times. When we are in need of towing our broken down vehicles, we usually end up contacting our local and nearest tow truck company. I started to analyze a tow vehicle at the shop. As I examined it, I became enthralled by it’s construction and equipment.
Tow trucks are used mainly to move vehicles that are no longer running, illegally parked, or stranded due to weather. Tow trucks are also used to transport vehicles such as, that treasured classic car. So this type of vehicle has multiple uses. Invented in 1916, in the middle of World War One, Ernest Holmes Sr. created this very reliable assistance vehicle in his garage. He then began to manufacture them commercially. There then was the beginning of the towing industry.
There are a number of elements to a tow truck for it to be versatile. This is the type of service that needs versatility. The types of equipment that are commonly used on a tow truck are listed as the following:
Hook and Chain: We are used to seeing these two pieces of equipment. The chains are used to securely fasten the axle or frame of the non-working vehicle. The chain also hoists the vehicle either partially or fully onto the tow truck.
Wheel: Lift- This is an evolved piece of equipment derived from the hook and chain allowing the car to be cradled as it is being towed. It is produced to have a large metal yoke that in fitted in the front or rear of the car.
Boom: This is an adjustable piece of equipment that is used for recovery of vehicles. These vehicles have usually ended up in a ditch and cannot be pulled out without risking the safety of those around.
Flatbed: This looks exactly how it sounds. Flatbed towing is great for vehicle transportation as well. Whether your car is in working condition or not, flatbed towing will transport the vehicle without the use of a winch.
Operations of tow truck are handled usually by private businesses, which own one or more trucks. Depending on the area you live, tow trucks can also serve a dual purpose. For example, in areas that succumb to snow and ice, tow service double as a snowplow for clearing driveways and roads for the public.
My vehicle was fixed fortunately. I thanked the tow truck driver for his help and tipped him very well. Being in this situation in relying on his services motivated me to write this brief article.