Towing Methods & Their Differences

Here in Austin Rick’s Auto Repair & Towing is the number one towing company to call when you find yourself stranded and in need of a lift. But what kind of tow should you ask for? It depends on multiple factors including the make, model, and weight of your vehicle as well as how much you’re willing to spend on the tow job. There are multiple options that we provide at Rick’s Auto Repair & Towing, and here is a little bit about them.

Motorcycle Towing

Of course, if you drive a motorcycle, likely you’ll want to opt for motorcycle towing. This is essentially a trailer or cargo bed that drags behind our truck. We would put a motorcycle cradle on the cargo bed and your bike would rest right in the cradle. We also lash it to the bed for optimal security while towing.

Dolly Towing

Dolly towing is the preferred method for those who want to save money. It is only a recommended option for those with lighter vehicles, including most commuter vehicles. Trucks and SUVs do not handle dolly towing as well. This works with a tow dolly lifting the front two wheels of your vehicle off the ground. The tow truck will pull the car along by this lifted portion and the back wheels of your car will roll along behind. This is an efficient and fine way to tow for short distances, lightweight vehicles, and economic pricing.

Tow Bar

Tow bar towing is another method of towing. It uses a steel bar that attaches from the tow truck to your vehicle, leaving all four of your vehicle’s wheels on the ground. It is easy to use and will transport your car as efficiently as a tow dolly. Your car will have to have the ability to attach to it. However, both this and the tow dolly option may not be as secure as other options. Still, they are pretty sturdy and will work in most circumstances.

Flatbed Towing

This is the most secure way to tow your car, the safest, and also the most expensive. It puts your car on a cargo bed and transports it completely flat and secure to the cargo bed. You’ll see no wear and tear on your vehicle from doing it this way, but you’ll also have to pay a bit more for the added security.