Many sports cars and race cars have lower ground clearance. That has something to do with aerodynamics and improving gas mileage. However, there comes a time when you need to move your low-profile vehicle. Although you could drive it to its destination, that may not be the best thing to do at all times.
When your low-profile vehicle needs to be transported to another state or if it can’t be driven because it is damaged, it is best to have it towed.
Towing a low-profile car with any tow truck just wouldn’t do. Flatbed tow trucks are preferred over your wheel lift tow trucks when it comes to towing low-profile cars. However, loading a low-profile car on a flatbed isn’t as simple as you think. Haphazardly doing so will just ruin the vehicle.
The main reason why you can’t use a wheel lift for low-profile cars is that it will get damaged. The damage wouldn’t be limited to the bumper but the underbelly as well.
Flatbed tow trucks are safer to use when towing low-profile vehicles because the whole car is raised off the ground and it isn’t staying at an angle. However, the problem lies in loading and unloading the vehicle. The hydraulics could place the flatbed at an angle so the cars can easily be loaded. However, the angle can still be too steep for low-profile cars.
Professional tow truck drivers understand that you wouldn’t want any damage to happen to your car while loading. They make use of various tools, equipment, and techniques such as the following to make sure of that:
Some modern flatbeds are fitted with low tilt trays. These are best used not only for lowered cars but also for loading forklifts, boats, cabins, or trailers. With these, the low-profile vehicles can be loaded without the steep incline that most flatbeds will have. This doesn’t only safely load the vehicle but it also makes loading faster too.
Race ramps can be attached to the edge of the flatbeds to help reduce the loading ramp angle. These are commercially available and could be made from a variety of materials including polystyrene or aluminum.
Not all towing companies have racer ramps on hand. However, they could also use alternatives such as wooden planks. The wooden planks act like racer ramps and improve the loading ramp angle so the low-profile car doesn’t get damaged.
Another way to make the ramp angle more shallow is to find an elevated ground like an elevated curb or an inclined road. The truck backs up in this area so that the ramps have a more shallow angle. With this, the car is loaded from a raised area.
Are you a proud owner of a low-profile car? It can be difficult to find someone who knows how to tow your car properly without damage. Whenever you need your low-profile car towed by experienced and reliable professionals, call All Set Towing Company…