Beyond standard tows, towing companies offer many services that are helpful in a pinch. Discover the many surprising ways they can get you back on the road.
Some of the most common troubleshooting services provided by towing companies include:
1. Changing a tire
If you experience a flat tire or a blowout and don’t know how to install a spare, a tow truck operator can do it for you. If you don’t have a spare tire with you, they’ll tow you to the garage of your choice or tow you home.
2. Fuel delivery
Did you run out of gas? Not a problem! It’s not worth risking your safety by walking along the side of the road looking for a gas station when you could just call a towing service instead. Most towing companies will offer to pick up and deliver a small amount of gas to re-fuel your car. It will be enough to get you back on the road and to the nearest service station.
3. Unlocking doors
Who among hasn’t, at one time or another, accidentally locked their keys in the car? If this happens, a tow truck has the equipment to easily unlock your door for you.
4. Getting stuck
If you get stuck in the mud, snow or slide into a ditch, a tow truck will pull you out and get you going again.
5. Jump start
Batteries function at a lower capacity in extremely cold temperatures, and as a result motorists get stranded when their car won’t start. If no one else has jumper cables, you can call a towing company for a boost.
6. Minor repairs
Other minor repairs, such as re-connecting parts, can be done on site and preclude you from having to tow your car to the garage. Many tow truck drivers are also experienced mechanics.
7. Towing recreational vehicles
Tow trucks frequently help people who get stranded on their snowmobile, motorcycle or ATV.
8. Specialized towing
Heavy-duty tow trucks provide specialized towing services, which are not limited to towing and recovering: Heavy vehicles and industrial equipment; luxury cars and limousines; boats and small planes; emergency response vehicles; buses and motor homes.