Here at KB Towing Service we are familiar with the different types of towing and the trucks and tools that are used to tow vehicles but we realize that we are the anomaly. Most people do not really know the ins and outs of towing. Since the changes of you needing a vehicle towed at least once in your life is pretty high, we wanted to take some time today to educate you on the topic.
First Tow Truck; Holmes Wrecker
We are going to start with the history of the tow truck. In 1916 Ernest Holmes Sr. was working as a mechanic in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One of his friends flipped his Model T car over in a ditch. He wanted to be able to save his vehicle as much as possible so he called some of his good friends for help. It took six men and a series of blocks and rope over eight hours to get the car out of the ditch. This experience got Ernest Holmes Sr. thinking. Shortly after this experience he modified his own Cadillac to operate as a tow truck. He used an iron chain, a pulley, and several poles to make his idea work. In 1918 he patented his invention. Since then the towing industry has continued to grow and develop.
Tow Truck Meaning
Over the years the tow truck has evolved. As it has done so a formal definition of a tow truck has developed. Wikipedia states that “a tow truck is a truck used to move disabled, improperly parked, impounded, or otherwise indisposed motor vehicles.” Tow trucks help vehicles that are involved in an accident; stuck in inclement weather; need to be towed from one location to another; and more.
Types of Tow Trucks
KB Towing Service provides many different types of towing services. We are going to take some time to briefly explain the two most commonly used towing methods.
• Flatbed towing: Flatbed towing is where the vehicle is elevated onto a platform for towing. All four wheels are secured for the entire towing process. This is a universal option that is helpful in almost every situation.
• Wheel lift towing: Wheel lift towing is where the front or back of the vehicle is hoisted up and attached to the tow truck but the other two wheels remain on the ground. When we have a vehicle that we need to get out of a particularly tight spot this is a great method.
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We use these towing methods to tow all sorts of different vehicles for all kinds of reasons. Most people need KB Towing Service after they have been in a car accident or their vehicle breaks down on the side of the road and needs to be taken to a mechanic. These are definitely the two most common reasons that we tow vehicles. We also tow exotic and classic vehicles on a regular basis. If you have an exotic or classic vehicle you may choose to have your car towed to the mechanic instead of driven. We also tow cars to car shows regularly. No matter what your towing needs are KB Towing can help you! Give us a call today!