Tow Truck Recovery Services: 2 Factors You Need to Consider

28 November 2018
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Even if you take good care of your vehicle, there is always the risk that you will suffer a mechanical fault or be involved in a road traffic accident which could leave you stranded at the side of the road. If this occurs, you will need to take action to ensure that your car can be recovered and that you and your family can be transported to a place of safety while the vehicle is repaired.

A towing service will be able to rescue you and your car. However, there are a number of factors which you should be aware of which could impact on a towing services ability to help you. By taking the time to understand these factors, you can ensure you contact a towing service which can offer the best help.

The vehicle type

While most tow truck companies are quite happy to tow bikes and family cars, they may struggle to help you if you are driving a larger SUV vehicle or a small truck. This is because each tow truck will have a max weight which it can safety winch and tow. If your large SUV or small truck exceeds this weight, the recovery service will need to call in a larger specialist truck which has the capacity to deal with the vehicle. If you do drive a larger vehicle, it may be worthwhile seeking out a tow truck company which specialises in that particular type of auto.

The distance to your location

One of the major factors which influence if a towing service can help you is the distance from their yard to your location. Most towing companies will have a max radius which they will operate within. When seeking out a tow company, you should always ask what the maximum distance they will travel to a job is. While it is possible for a tow truck to refuel on its way to and from an incident, this massively increases the cost which makes it an unattractive option for tow truck companies. It also increases the amount of time taken to complete a job which reduces the revenue the company can generate.

One way around this problem is to consider signing up with a recovery service which has widespread coverage. This will mean that the company has tow truck stations whose coverage and maximum radius overlap, drastically increasing the chance that someone will be able to reach you.

If you would like further advice, you should get in touch with a tow truck service today.