Various Types of Tow Trucks

You’re probably familiar with tow trucks. You’ve more than likely seen them around town, often with vehicles in tow. Maybe you’ve even had your car towed—due to a breakdown on the road, your car wouldn’t start, or maybe you inadvertently parked in a place where you weren’t supposed to (it happens to the best of us!). But did you know there’s more than one type of tow truck? Below we’ve outlined the various types of tow trucks:

Wheel-Lift Tow Trucks
Wheel Lift Tow Truck

Wheel-lift tow trucks lift a car up by its wheels (hence the name). They utilize a metal yoke, which they insert underneath your car’s wheels, lift the car up with hydraulics, and pull the vehicle from behind. They’re often used because they tend to reduce the chances of any accidental damage to the vehicle being towed.


Flatbed Tow Trucks

Flat Bed Tow Truck

Flatbed Tow Trucks are aptly named because they have a flat bed on which they tow vehicles. They’re commonly referred to as “roll-back” trucks because the beds roll-back, or lift up at an angle to create a ramp that vehicles can be driven onto. Once the car has parked on the bed, it returns parallel to the ground.


Hook & Chain Tow Trucks

Hook and Chain Tow Truck
Hook and Chain tow trucks use a hook and a chain to pull vehicles around. The chains are connected to the axles or frames of vehicles. You don’t see them as often anymore, they’re often used for towing junk vehicles.


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