Whenever you need to use the services of a tow truck, your first thought is to call a local towing service company. But what if you live in a place that doesn’t have a local towing service? Will your local towing service be able to come to your rescue when you need a tow truck? And what if your vehicle needs urgent repairs and you don’t have the extra cash to pay for them?
You will be happy to learn that there are now companies specializing in trailers and all kinds of tow trucks. These specialized companies can come to you any time of the day or night. So even if your vehicle breaks down on the road, it can occur when you’re in traffic. Funny enough, even when you’re late for work, your automobile will rarely break down. That’s because having a towing service at your side means you’ll get a much faster response no matter how urgent the situation.
Towing size: As mentioned above, specific towing needs must be met. For instance, a 4-wheel drive vehicle needs a towing setup rather than a 2-wheel drive vehicle. Because of this, most trailer companies now offer custom made towing setups for every kind of vehicle. The good news is that these custom towing setups are usually affordable, so you don’t need to spend a fortune on towing services.
Specialized trailer hitches: Specialized trailer hitches are needed to transport very tall and very heavy vehicles. This is especially true of tractor-trailer combinations. These trailer hitches can either be used in conjunction with regular towing to provide extra support or they can be used in standalone pieces to allow more flexibility with the vehicle’s positioning. Keep in mind that these specialized hitches usually cost more than basic trailer hitches.
Basic Hitches: Just as with all types of automobiles, tractor-trailer combination’s usually have a smaller towing safety ratio. This is due primarily to the size of the combined vehicle and the length of its overall body length. This shortness often results in the towing ability of the vehicle to be less than ideal. For this reason, many truck owners opt to install aftermarket towing safety belts on their vehicle to alleviate this towing safety problem. In some cases, adding an additional safety belt can increase the vehicle towing safety ratio by 10 percent.
Other hitch options: Other specialty towing options include hook-ups that allow multiple cars to be safely transported at one time. This option is becoming more popular. Not only does this save time, but it also allows multiple drivers to share driving responsibility for one vehicle. This is also a great way to provide insurance discounts to multiple drivers. To date, few vehicles towing trailers meet up to the Department of Transportation (DOT) guidelines for safe towing.
Tow Harnesses: While many vehicles towing trailers are equipped with a standard electric tow rope, there are other specialty tow accessories that can be purchased. Some tow attachments are designed to withstand wind loads up to 130 mph. Others are specially designed for preventing pinching during towing. Still others help to limit damage to both the trailer and other components during towing. A tow rope can be an excellent way to provide for a safe towing experience for both driver and vehicle. When choosing the best trailer to tow, always consider which type of hitch will be the most compatible with the vehicle and your intended use of the trailer.
Braking systems: A vehicle stability program or BSP, as it is often called, is a safety precautionary measure designed to minimize the chance of injury to the passenger, hitch, or any other part of a towing system. Designed to protect both the driver and the towing vehicle, the BSP includes several different types of breakaway systems. These breakaway systems are designed to disconnect the tow vehicle from the trailer in case of a side collision or other damage. The purpose of this safety feature is to reduce the risk of a towing trailer springing over and causing damage to the cargo or the passengers inside the vehicle.