As Blount County towing and recovery specialists for over 30 years, the team at Bradley’s Towing & Recovery has worked with customers to assist them with towing requirements for cars, trucks, RV’s and other vehicles. One question that we have been asked frequently is regarding the use of flatbed vs. regular hook tow trucks and if one type if “better” than the other.

There are certain situations where a flatbed tow truck needs to be used instead of a regular hook tow truck, but many times, either type will work when it comes to a tow. Learn more about when using a flatbed truck may be preferable to using a traditional hook tow truck:

  • AWD and 4×4: If your vehicle is AWD (All-Wheel Drive) or is a 4×4, a flatbed tow truck is the preferred method of towing to prevent damage to the transmission. A traditional hook tow truck can be used, but dollies would have to be used to lift all four wheels off the ground to keep the transmissions safe.
  • Long Distance Towing: If you are towing a vehicle a long distance, a flatbed truck is preferable to avoid wear to your vehicle tires during long distances. A traditional tow truck will keep two tires on the ground during the tow and with a long distance tow, a flatbed can minimize tire wear during the trip.
  • Your Vehicle has been lowered: A lowered vehicle, by definition, sits lower to the ground than a traditional vehicle. Any vehicle that has been lowered could have damage to bumpers, oil pan, exhaust or undercarriage when towed by a standard hook tow truck due to the lowered stance of the vehicle.

For many motorists, the difference between a standard hook tow truck and a flatbed tow truck is negligible and not a particular area of concern, except in certain instances where a flatbed tow truck is the preferred option. As a Blount County towing and recovery company for more than 30 years, we have used both standard hook tow trucks and flatbed tow trucks to assist motorists in Alcoa, Maryville, Louisville, Townsend, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and throughout East Tennessee get their vehicles on the road to recovery. To learn more about our towing capabilities, call Bradley’s Towing & Recovery at 865-984-4863 today.