As the name suggests, a flatbed towing truck has a flat horizontal surface on wheels and flatbed towing is a common method. For a number of circumstances, flatbed trucks are ideally used. To help you better understand, we at Highway 30 Garage would like to discuss the basics of flatbed towing.
How Do You Tow a Car on a Flatbed Truck?
Driving a flatbed is nothing like driving a standard vehicle. Flatbed trucks are long and that means you have to know how to maneuver along sharp curves, after all., whether the road’s dry or drenched. Keeping its load secure as well as for checking any damages throughout the entire travel is the responsibility of the flatbed truck’s driver. Flatbeds carry their loads in the open air unlike other types of trucks and there’s no enclosure. Cargos are secured on the flatbed using sturdy cables and tarp. Just like what you’ve already probably figured by now, those cables and tarps aren’t exactly going to stay snug around the truck’s cargo throughout an entire hour, or two, or three, or even more hours of transportation all the time. Especially when you think about how the physics of high-speed movement, the effects of wind can affect an object exposed to them. The driver has to get out of the truck every once in a while, during the trip to make sure that no cable’s gone loose. You’ll see how drivers of flatbed trucks need to be physically fit being even more so highly capable of dealing with that heavy cargo on their own. Drivers are required to be able to lift 100lbs from the ground before they are allowed to drive flatbeds. Many flatbeds are spread axle as the heavy load uniformly across the long back of the truck, which means that there are separate axles by the end of the truck to accommodate.
What is a Flatbed Tow Truck Used For?
1) Towing Services: Flatbed trucks provide towing, naturally. In order to transport the towed vehicle safely, without causing any further damage on it is the service of flatbeds.
2) Equipment Transporting: To tow trucks as you can see, the transport of vehicles is not limited. It also transports other large types of machinery like airplane parts to and from their destination, in addition to using a flatbed to haul and deliver heavy equipment such as tractors, tanks, Humvees.
3) Construction: Flatbeds are often hired by construction companies to haul scrap metals and other materials from their job site in order to send them to a recycling facility and repurpose them. The open-air style of transport that flatbed trucks make possible is the convenient feature that makes the truck a popular choice for this type of job. To transport materials such as bags of cement, piles, and what not to and from their job site, similarly, contractors also use flatbeds.
4) Landscaping/ Farming:
Flatbed trucks are also used to transport landscaping and farming items, sacks of feeds and grains as well as huge objects such as trees. The fact that they can easily run through dirt and mud makes them the most convenient choice for hauling any object that would be difficult to transport otherwise.