If you find your car in a jam, ditch or stranded on the side of the road your best bet is to call a towing service. Towing companies offer repairs, truck hauling and more. Here are some terms to know about towing services.
Impound – If a vehicle has been abandoned in your parking lot or street you can call a tow truck to haul it to an impound lot. Impounds take legal possession of vehicles that are abandoned or if their owner stops making payments on their car loan.
Flatbed – A flatbed is a large trailer hauled behind a truck that has a large flat area for carrying things. A flatbed has a large capacity and can carry large boats, trucks and more.
Wrecker – A wrecker is another term for a tow or recovery truck. These trucks have the engine power and size to haul and recover automobiles that have broken down.
Boom – A boom is a large adjustable arm on a tow truck that is able to haul automobiles out of ditches and embankments.
Dispatch – Tow services often have a dispatch center which takes calls from people in need of towing or repairs. The dispatch then contacts a towing professional to go assist the customer as soon as possible.
Belt lift – A belt lift is a chain which can be attached around a car, motorcycle or other vehicle at the front axle. This towing technique is used for cars that have been in a collision and need to be lifted onto a trailer and removed from the road.