Flatbed Towing

Beverly Hills towing company provides you with 24/7 Flatbed towing (also called a Rollback or a Slide) – the entire back of the truck is fitted with a bed that can be hydraulically inclined and moved to ground level, allowing the vehicle being towed to be placed on it under its own power or pulled by a winch. Tow trucks are usually operated by private businesses, except for major highways and toll roads, where the road authority may operate the tow trucks for that stretch of road.

Businesses who operate a large fleet of vehicles, such as school bus companies or package delivery services, often own one or several tow trucks for the purposes of towing their own vehicles.
Government departments with large fleets (such as the police departments, fire departments, transportation authorities and departments of public works of major cities) may similarly own tow truck(s). Police department tow trucks may also be used to impound other vehicles.

Calls are dispatched and the requests for service are placed to. Some tow services communicate with drivers using wireless telephone equipment. In others, the dispatching center contacts an available tow truck driver via mobile radio or by sending a text message using a mobile data terminal. Recent technology includes the use of GPS and on board wireless equipment to dispatch drivers via an LCD screen receiver.

Many tow companies have the capability to store vehicles that have been wrecked or impounded by police agencies. In these circumstances, police agencies notify a contracted towing provider to secure the vehicle and tow it to a storage lot. The tow company will sometimes prevent access to the vehicle until the law states the owner can claim it (usually after any fines are paid). Nearly all tow companies charge a fee for storing vehicles.

GPS and AVL, Navigation systems are becoming more commonly used to tell the location (of stranded vehicles) to tow trucks. Automatic vehicle location (AVL) systems are sometimes used to help the dispatch center staff determine the closest tow truck. AVL may use GPS technology. It may display the location of all tow trucks on a map.

When towing you need to fasten your load securely before you can even think about hitting the open road. If you don’t, you’ll end up losing your load, these are some of the most popular tie-down accessories:

Nylon strap – Reinforced nylon straps used to tie-down loads. Straps come in varying width and length options
Basket strap – Web-like nylon strap that fits over wheels and can be hooked and attached to trailer eyelets
V-Straps – Nylon straps with steel hooks at each end used to latch onto parts underneath the a vehicle’s undercarriage
Ratchet – Steel ratcheting mechanism used with nylon straps to fasten and tighten the load
If nylon isn’t available, you can use chains if you’d like. The same accessories listed above are also available in chain form.

Now that you have the proper equipment, let’s go through the proper procedure of loading that car for the car show. First, position the car evenly on the trailer and front or back of the vehicle. Pull the car as far forward as you can without touching the trailer’s front. Next, set the parking brake and put the car in gear if it has standard transmission. Next get your chains, and hook to the back end of the vehicle, two chain tie down will do. Undo the parking brake and put the vehicle in neutral. Now, wench the vehicle forward, now the vehicle is in the right position. Now put the vehicle back into park and apply the parking brake. Be very careful when you’re driving a heavy load, like a car, on a flatbed. Drive at a reasonable speed and avoid quick maneuvers. Give yourself plenty of time and room to brake and drive smoothly through curves and turns. Take it easy. Add more time to your trip if you must, never rush.