Safety While In Tow
We’re sorry to break the bad news, but there’s almost a 100% guarantee that you’ll experience a car breakdown issue of some kind in your lifetime. And…if you fail to properly maintain your vehicle, car problems will continue to plague you.
But, here’s something you should seriously think about. When you do have a car breakdown or are involved in a motor vehicle collision, you must be discriminative when choosing which towing company to come to your aid. Why? Because many tow companies simply don’t put as much thought and emphasis into safely securing your vehicle while in tow.
Is Your Towing Company Safe?
Did you know that not all towing companies insist on using safe operating procedures while towing? It’s true. Whether loading, towing or unloading your vehicle, there are specific tasks a tow truck operator must perform in order for your vehicle to be secure. And, although the safety and security of your car or truck are important, what’s even more important is the safety of the other motorists on the road while your vehicle is being towed.
At Bozeman Road Rescue, our tow truck operators are trained to use an 8-point tie-down system when towing a vehicle on a flatbed tow truck. Initially, when your vehicle is winched onto the deck of our truck it is only secured with one point of contact. However, a vehicle should never be towed if the winch cable is the only thing securing it to the bed. To ensure your car is secured to the deck, we use ratchet straps on the front and rear of all four tires. This way, if one ratchet strap fails, there are 7 others available to keep your vehicle from coming off of our tow truck.
When towing with the use of both a wrecker and flatbed, our tow truck operators are trained to use two safety chains. Safety chains are loose fitting chains that attach to your vechicle and our truck, and are simply an added measure of security, should something go wrong. For example, if the hydraulics were to fail, or some other mishaps were to occur, thanks to safety chains, your vehicle would stay connected to our tow truck. If no safety chains were used, your vehicle would become a traffic hazard that could potentially harm other motorists.
The next time you see a wrecker around town take a look to see if they’re incorporating the use of safety chains.