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Tips on Preparing Your Car or Truck For Towing

Accidents and incidents catch you unawares. While on the road, you might face unexpected problems like a flat tire, accident, dead battery etc. which raises the need to have your car or truck towed. With the number of a tow truck service saved on your speed dial, it is easy to call them. Post it, we consider our job done and wait for the tow truck to arrive. What we miss out on, is the fact that towing goes beyond hitching up and hoping for the best. There are numerous situations when a perfect towing of the vehicle is out of the picture. In such circumstances, you would like to prepare your vehicle such that no harm comes to it and your towing venture goes as smooth and hassle-free as possible. The following tips would help you do just that. Layton Towing is available to assist with any other questions involving these tips.

Know of your vehicle’s stress towing spots

Each vehicle has its own stress towing spots which you should be aware of beforehand. Due to the extra weight and force on any vehicle, its parts like transmission, engine, chassis or brakes can have added stress.  Any vehicle, be it boat, camper van, trailer or even your car have towing limit restrictions. You should be aware of it and either prepare your vehicle accordingly or ask the tow truck service experts to do it for you. You must know of the towing capacity of your vehicle and pass it to the tow truck expert before you allow them to hook up your vehicle. It must be kept in mind that your car insurance company can refuse payment if you exceed the vehicle’s towing capacity. Moreover, your vehicle can also get damaged.

Check the tires

Ensure that the vehicle’s tires are properly inflated before you drive off with a load. Flat tires raise a need for a crank for loading and unloading of the vehicle so that no damage comes to the wheel. Moreover, flat tires tend to make the vehicle impossible to be moved. They must be inflated or replaced before you can tow them. Thus, you should always inspect the tires and even have required tools and spare in your vehicle to take care of the situation.

Look into the safety chain

Do not overlook the coupling and safety chain and where it attaches to the vehicle. Most trailers boast of a safety chain attached to it for unexpected uncouples. This prevents your vehicle from suddenly turning into a dangerous moving object which is traveling haywire on the road.

Check your electrics and brakes

You must ensure the safe and correct operation of your vehicle before it is towed. Ensure that all lights are working correctly even when your foot is not on the brake pedal and all electrical components are secure and operational.

Remove additional items and loads

You need to check the entire vehicle’s load and secure them. Before allowing the vehicle to be towed by the tow truck service, remove all excess items from it but leave required ones like tools, emergency kits, or required documents. Remove all such items or objects which can fly off your vehicle during towing and leave to open to being fined. Whatever load is left inside should be evenly distributed so that neither front nor rear is heavier than the other.

Wrapping up

Little care can go a long way in keeping your vehicle safe. While the safest way is to have your vehicle taken on a flatbed tray or car trailer such that the entire vehicle is off the road and safe, it may not be possible every time. Following the above tips will save plenty of inconvenience and cost later.