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2 Benefits of Using a Flatbed Tow Truck

Many people worry about breaking down when driving in their car. After all, no one wants to be stuck on the side of the road. However, by investing in a roadside assistance scheme, you can have the peace of mind that whatever happens, someone will be able to help you. When the roadside assistance mechanic reaches you, they will assess your vehicle and will carry out any repairs which can be completed without taking your car to a garage. If the mechanic cannot repair your car so you can complete your journey, they may have no other option but to tow you to an auto repair shop. 

Many roadside assistance companies now use flatbed trucks to tow broken-down vehicles. A flatbed tow truck differs from a traditional tow truck in a number of important ways. Below is a guide to 2 benefits of using a flatbed tow truck.

Increased Safety

When towing a car, safety is the number one priority. Towing a broken down car by placing it on the back of a flatbed truck is much safer than towing it with the wheels still in contact with the ground. When a car has been partially lifted from the ground but still has 2 of its wheels touching the ground, there is an increased risk that the friction generated by the road surface will cause the car to break free. If this happens, the lives of other road users will be placed at risk and the car is almost certainly going to be severely damaged. A car which is securely chained to a flatbed recovery truck will not be subject to the friction generated by the road surface and is less likely to break free.  

Reduced Vehicle Damage

Even if your car does not break free when being towed with its wheels still in touch with the ground, it may still sustain damage. This damage occurs because the wheels of your car may hit any pot holes in the road, clip kerbs or bounce over speed bumps, causing damage to the rubber on your tyres and placing a strain on over parts of the vehicle as the shock travels through the body of the car. By placing your car on a flatbed tow truck, you will not have to worry about your vehicle becoming damaged in this way.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of using a flatbed tow truck, you should contact a tow truck company today.