Flatbed towing is among the safest way to transport a vehicle. This type of towing often involves a specialized truck that has a flatbed in the rear. Flatbed towing is in most cases the best choice when you have to transport a special car, SUV, vintage car or truck.
Not all trucks and cars are the same, and some require special attention when being towed. In many situations, a traditional tow truck will do fine. Loading is usually easy. You simply drive your car up and the rear ramps to the trailer, park it and secure it into the trailer and off you ready to go.
Flatbed towing comes with a lot of benefits. You know you need flatbed towing if your vehicle is all wheel drive, or if your car has an automatic transmission, or if you have a vintage or luxury car and if you need to transport a motorcycle.
Unlike towing using dollies or tow bars, flatbed trailers don’t require any special adjustments to the car’s power train -the part of the car that transfers energy from the engine to the wheels. Many tow truck providers make use of both a dolly and a flat bed tow truck. Note that the former is inexpensive and agile and many users favor it.
Some high-end models come equipped with their own brakes. However, a mid or lower-class of a flatbed trailer that makes use of the coach vehicle’s brakes may wear down. This wear may be caused by the addition of the trailer’s weight to the gross total weight – that is, the weight of the coach, that of the towed vehicle, passengers, the trailers, fuel and anything else on board.
However, there are some drawbacks to towing with four wheels off the ground rather than using tow bars. Flatbed trailers are in most cases heavier, which decreases gas mileage for the coach vehicle.