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Proper Towing Techniques Prevent Damage to Your Car


When you’re stuck, waiting for the tow truck to arrive, the last thing on your mind is, “gee, I hope the tow doesn’t damage my car”.

The thought of further damage should be on your mind. Improper towing techniques can cause damage to your vehicle and make a manageable problem worse. The risk is especially true for front-wheel drive cars and cars with low clearance.

When I arrive on the scene I start by looking for the best approach for loading your vehicle so it sits squarely on the flatbed. Getting the vehicle squarely on the bed is important for proper tie-down and unloading.

Low clearance cars can be damaged when they are winched onto the bed, due to the steep angle of the rollback. I always use wood ramps to lessen the angle. This allows the car to roll onto the bed without scraping the undercarriage of the car.

I also use a special “bumper block” between the tow hook and bumper to reinforce the bumper to ensure no damage is done to these fragile parts.

Once the car is on the flatbed, I use tire straps on all four wheels. This ensures that the car will not roll forward into the cab or backward off the bed.

So the next time you need a tow, you might want to give some thought about the damage a sloppy tow can inflict and know that MotoFab has your back -- I’ll get it done right!


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