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Types of Towing and Their Differences

There are different types of Towing, you need to know which one is best suited for the vehicle and scenario. Brad’s Towing & Recovery has compiled a quick breakdown of the differences between the various types of towing.

Types of Towing and Their Differences

There are different types of Towing, you need to know which one is best suited for the vehicle and scenario. Brad’s Towing & Recovery has compiled a quick breakdown of the differences between the various types of towing.

Flatbed Towing

The ideal choice for most cars, motorcycles, and SUVs, flatbed towing requires a vehicle to be loaded onto the flatbed of a specialist towing vehicle. When secured, the vehicle can then be transported safely, without further risk of damage.

Hook & Chain Towing

An unpopular and somewhat archaic form of towing is hook and chain towing. It utilizes a truck with a crane hook, which is used to lift the front or rear of a vehicle off the ground. This has become an unpopular method of towing due to the high risk of damage to the vehicle being towed.

Tow BarsThis method is simply attaching a tow bar from one vehicle to another, towing ropes can be used in a similar fashion.

Towing Dolly Services

A towing dolly can be attached to the back of a truck and used to tow light and medium-duty vehicles. The vehicle is carried on the dolly a few inches above the ground level. Anybody attempting to use a tow dolly should be familiar with towing trailers or second-party vehicles.

Wheel-Lift Towing

Halfway house between dolly towing and hook and chain towing, wheel lift towing requires both the front or rear wheels of a vehicle to be attached to a special yolk-type device. The vehicle is then lifted and transported with two wheels on the ground.

Heavy Duty Towing

Buses, Large trucks, caravans, trailers and other heavy-duty vehicles require specialist towing. Heavy duty tow trucks are generally used, with the type of truck depending on the load. Some heavy duty tow trucks use methods similar to flatbed towing while others use wheel-lift principles. All should be carried out by highly-trained personnel only.

Brad’s Towing & Recovery knows which application to use, and can handle any of your towing or transportation needs. Our fleet of tow trucks and team of professional tow truck technicians are at the ready, our towing services are available throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.