Broken-down car in a parking garage?
If you haven’t already experienced it then you’ve probably at least wondered how in the world a broken-down car gets towed out of a constricted parking garage. The ceilings are low, and the lanes narrow. Plus, tow trucks usually have a long arm (technically called the boom) mounted to the base of the truck and angled upward. MR Towing can tell you how it’s done.
First of all, tow trucks come in many different varieties. The ones you see carrying 15 cars obviously wouldn’t work in this situation. A flatbed probably wouldn’t work either. It’s too long; it’d be difficult to create the necessary angle to board a broken-down car from a parking spot onto the flatbed.
Light/Medium Truck Towing
Obviously, it’s the smaller tow trucks that would do the job. In our fleet of tow trucks, we call them light trucks and medium trucks. These are really no different in size that what you’d expect from an ordinary truck. Light and medium tow trucks have a stinger attached to the base that can be lowered and raised, as needed.
For the hypothetical situation at hand, the stinger would be latched to either the bumper or tow hitch of the broken-down car. The stinger would be low enough to avoid the parking garage ceiling and short enough to enable the proper angle for removing the vehicle from the parking spot. Of course, it’d help if the parking spaces on either or both sides of the car were vacant. Unfortunately, that’s kind of a hit-or-miss situation.
Wheel-Lift Tow Trucks
Tow trucks that work from the bottom to the top instead of top to bottom are becoming more common.
What do we mean by that?
Well, often times, the tow arm operates in a sort of triangle formation. Half of the arm angles up and the other half angles down. Once the vehicle is latched, the arm moves up to lift two wheels off of the ground. The upward motion can create a problem with space in a parking garage.
Therefore, working from the bottom to the top is the best method. Wheel-lift tow trucks have the arm is parallel to the ground. It flattens on the ground and two side brackets open to the sides for wheel placement. Once wheels are within the brackets, they are locked, or cradled for security. Remote-operated hydraulics enable the brackets and the arm to be raised off the ground. This raises the two wheels. From there, the vehicle is secured and the tow truck will proceed to the destination for the vehicle to be fixed.
MR Towing Services
Removing a broken-down car from a parking garage is not easy task, but it can be done. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, call MR Towing Services! We have the necessary tow trucks available for the job and we guarantee our towing experts will get your car safely to your destination in no time!