Most have either experienced a tow or at least witnessed a tow on the side of the road during their commute. There are some cases that require special towing tools and equipment, however. Large vehicles can gain so much momentum that they slide completely off the road or rollover and some vehicles may get stuck off-road. To move these vehicles back to safety, vehicle recovery, or recovery towing, uses special equipment. Today, we at Highway 30 Garage would like to further discuss understanding recovery towing.
When is Recovery Towing Needed?
When traditional towing is not the right option, there are some instances you need recovery towing services if your vehicle ends up off the road in a situation that requires special equipment. Because they often fly far off the road or invert due to their momentum, large vehicles like buses or trucks will require recovery towing, usually. Standard cars can also need recovery towing as well. Far away from the road, both two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles can end up stuck when driving off-road. You can get your vehicle stuck, driving on unpaved roads, mountain pathways, or ravines. You will be too far from the road for standard towing services and will instead need recovery towing.
Light Vehicle Recovery
Light vehicle recovery is required with standard passenger vehicles, like cars. When normal towing would not be sufficient, recovery is used to remove your vehicle from an emergency situation. As it can lead to your vehicle getting stuck on unpaved roads, or even in a ditch since driving through the country or in the mountains can be risky. Special equipment and knowledge of the best techniques is needed when recovering a vehicle that slid into a ravine. The hazardous materials that may be in accident scenes are also managed by recovery towing experts. Circumstances that require light vehicle recovery include the following:
– Broken down engines
– Dead batteries
– Terrain blocks
– Tire punctures
– Dangerous road conditions that cause you to spin or slide far off the road.
Heavy-Duty Tow Truck Recovery
The weight of the vehicle that needs to be recovered is the main difference between light-duty recovery and heavy-duty recovery. For larger vehicles that go off the road and require a higher towing capacity, heavy-duty recovery is needed. The average semi-truck is three times as heavy as a standard vehicle. Heavier vehicles like trailers, buses, RVs, or tractors are not able to be retrieved by a standard tow truck. Especially if the vehicles are overturned or far off the road, it takes special equipment, training, and expertise to recovery heavy-duty vehicles. To ensure everyone is safe and the heavy vehicle is accurately recovered, heavy-duty recovery is a difficult task because it involves many considerations. To handle heavy-duty recovery, the best towing companies, like Highway 30 Garage, have the expertise and tools. In order to determine the best method for recovery, they must pay close attention to minimize any damages, and evaluate special considerations. We may use a forklift, rotator, airbag recovery system, duty wrecker, other recovery tools, and even a crane to effectively recover heavy-duty vehicles. With maximum towing capacity, extended wheelbase, and winches and cables, we also use a heavy-tow vehicle. Multiple recovery vehicles may be required for a heavy-duty tow in some instances. Common heavy-duty recovery services often include the following:
– Bus and motorcoach
– Commercial trucks
– Fleet trucks