tow driver loading an undrivable car onto a flatbed

Why You Shouldn’t Tow Your Vehicle Yourself  Advice from your towing company in Flint & Chandler TX

Towing Tips

Automotive breakdowns are not uncommon. It is estimated that in the U.S. alone, over 8 million vehicles are driven enough each year to have a breakdown, and many of these are towed by their owners without any problem. However, having a car towed by a professional tow truck driver is safer than towing it yourself. It is important to note that there are many different kinds of tow trucks and that each tow truck is different. The company you choose to call will be able to provide you with a tow truck that has been designed to handle your specific vehicle as well as your situation.

 Potential Risk Involved Towing a Vehicle Yourself

 Should you choose to tow your vehicle yourself, there are several risks that you should be aware of. The first is the risk involved in getting your car stuck in a ditch or on a hillside. You may need to use a winch and jack to get the vehicle unstuck. If you do not have access to such equipment, it will be much harder for you to get your vehicle unstuck without the help of a professional.

 Unsuitable Towing Rating

 If your car is not safe to drive, you should not be driving it or attempting to tow it by yourself. A professional tow company can put your undrivable vehicle onto a flatbed so that it is not further damaged in the process of towing. Especially in the case of transmission and other related issues, it is best to not have the wheels spinning during the tow, even when the vehicle is in neutral. It is important to note that each specific situation that your vehicle will need to be towed could require different equipment as well as a different type of tow truck.

 Lack of Training

 If you do not know how to drive with a vehicle in tow, you may be putting yourself and your vehicle at risk. Consider that you are pulling a heavy vehicle, and it is going in different directions at different speeds. You need to know how to control the car, when to put the breaks on and when to accelerate. Switching lanes and speeding up with a vehicle in tow takes a lot of practice to do so without the vehicle being towed coming loose from the tow hitch or connection. The essential thing in this situation is safety and if you have never driven with a vehicle in tow it may be difficult to acclimate to. 

 Incorrect Tow Bars 

This is a device that is attached to the vehicle in order to tow it. Many people do not know what a tow bar is, and are unaware of the proper uses of a tow bar. Many things need to be considered. One of the most important considerations concerning tow bars is towing capacity. If you surpass the towing capacity you could inflict damage that is hard to diagnose to the vehicle that was used to tow the out-of-service vehicle. If you do not have experience in this area, it is best to leave the job to the professionals.


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