In the towing industry, a flatbed tow truck is preferable because it lifts the whole car without touching the ground, reducing the risk of accidents when towing. However, you need to know how to safely load and unload a vehicle on the flatbed tow truck to minimize these risks even further. Here are a few helpful auto towing tips you should remember.
Before you load the flatbed tow truck, ensure that it is leveled.
You should also ensure that the ramps firmly rest on the trailer when anchored. When towing the cars, ensure that their weight plus the truck’s weight does not exceed the recommended gross vehicle weight. Also, consider checking the front and rear load distribution to avoid overloading the axles.
It’s essential to keep the heaviest items at the front of the truck to keep the center of gravity as low as possible. Also, secure your load with straps, tensioning devices, or chains to keep the load from moving or losing control due to shifting center of gravity. Check out the video above for a visual illustration and more tips.