Car Ownership 101: The Basics
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Car Ownership 101: The Basics

If you are like many people, you trust that your car will start and run when you need it to and that's about as far as your automotive knowledge goes. In that case, you are in the right place. The purpose of this site is to help people like you to understand the basic care, maintenance, and signs of needed repairs when it comes to your car. The pages on this blog are filled with car care information and tips to help you recognize when your car might need repair. Use the information here to better understand your car and to identify those times when you should probably call a mechanic.


Car Ownership 101: The Basics

Heavy-Duty Towing

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Heavy-duty towing is often necessary to transport commercial equipment and semi trucks. Review the following heavy-duty towing guidelines. Then, contact a tow truck operator who is equipped to transport your equipment or vehicle.

Towing Capacities

Light-duty tow vehicles and medium-duty tow vehicles are used to transport cars, small and mid-sized trucks, and compact machinery. A heavy-duty tow vehicle is equipped to handle bulkier vehicles and machines. Some heavy-duty tow companies transport buses, big rigs, bulldozers, and oversized trailers and RVs.

Small and medium-sized boats can also be transported by a heavy-duty tow vehicle. Compare the towing capacities that various tow companies advertise. The towing capacity will be dependent upon a tow vehicle's engine size and the model of the tow truck. 

Towing Essentials

Heavy-duty towing requires the use of specialized machinery. A winch or a tow bar may be attached to the back end of a heavy-duty truck. A tow truck operator may use straps and other materials to brace a vehicle that is going to be transported.

A heavy-duty tow truck driver will often drive at a slower rate of speed than what is posted on a roadway. Slowing down the speed while a vehicle is being towed will improve safety.


When you contact the owner of a heavy-duty towing company, describe the type of equipment or vehicle that you need to be transported. If the machinery or vehicle is not drivable, the tow truck owner will need to be made aware of this detail. Immobile machines and vehicles may require the use of special hoisting equipment.

Outline the area where your machine or vehicle is located. If your machine or vehicle is stuck in mud or snow, be certain to tell the tow truck company owner. Weather variables could affect how your machine or vehicle is picked up from its current location.

You can wait for the tow truck driver to arrive or can make arrangements for the tow truck driver to pick up the vehicle without you being present. If you will be leaving equipment or a vehicle unattended, leave doors unlocked. Tell the tow truck owner where you will be leaving the key that is needed to power up your equipment or vehicle.

Roll up windows. By ensuring that the windows are rolled up on a heavy-duty machine or vehicle, loose items will not fall out while the tow truck is moving.

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