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Reasons to Call for Heavy-Duty Towing in Winter

Reasons to Call for Heavy-Duty Towing in Winter

Like with any season of the year, there are both positives and negatives that heavy-duty truck drivers will come up against. In the winter, snow, ice, and extreme cold present their own challenges for drivers. From icy roads to unpredictable conditions, having a heavy-duty towing company on hand in case of an emergency is a huge asset.

At Pro-Tow, we serve Washington State with fleet repair and maintenance shops in Spokane and Auburn. Our professional and reliable towing services are available 24/7. Here, we discuss why you may need heavy-duty towing during winter.

Breakdown

Though a breakdown can happen for several reasons at any time of year, winter weather can certainly cause malfunctions on the road. Some of the most common problems heavy-duty drivers experience include engine and brake problems, battery, electrical or tire issues. In some cases, our mobile repair team from Motorplex can fix your problems at the site of the breakdown. However, if the problem is more serious, your repairs may need to be completed at a repair shop.

Pro-Tow has the experience and equipment to tow any vehicle. We are equipped for light auto to full semi-truck recovery. Our team of professionals can also complete on-site repairs. Or, if more extensive repairs are needed, we can tow your truck to the nearest Motorplex, our division specializing in heavy truck, RV and fleet repair services. We have locations in Auburn and Spokane.

Stuck in Ice or Snow

In the winter, sliding into a snowy ditch or getting stuck in the snow is perhaps the most common reason you will need heavy-duty towing. Like any vehicle, trucks are susceptible to sliding off the road and driving into a snowbank. Trucks can also get stuck in a loading yard if the conditions create sticky or muddy ground.

In all these cases, you want a reliable towing company on your speed dial – like Pro-Tow! This way, you can rest assured the company on its way has the right equipment and experienced staff members to get you back on the road as quickly and safely as possible.

Accident

Unfortunately, accidents happen, and winter roads are often the culprit. Whether minor or major, Pro-Tow has your back if that happens.

We specialize in semi-truck recovery and will always ensure you and your vehicle are towed from the accident scene safely. This includes when your vehicle is involved in a major rollover or the accident creates a hazardous spill requiring spill recovery. If this is the case, our spill response division, Pro-Enviro, will also be on the job. We’ll take all the safe and necessary steps for vehicle and spill recovery.

At Pro-Tow, you can count on us at any hour of the day, all days of the year. On top of emergency towing and on-site repairs, we also offer long-distance transport, load transfer, cargo salvage, and short-term vehicle and cargo storage.

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The Difference Between Light-Duty Towing and Heavy-Duty Towing

The Difference Between Light-Duty Towing and Heavy-Duty Towing

When your commercial breaks down and you need support, calling a tow-truck is likely the first response. But it’s not just any tow truck that will show up to help with your emergency towing. There is a difference between a light-duty and heavy-duty tow truck. As the two perform different functions, it’s valuable to understand those differences.

What is Light-Duty Towing?

This type of towing typically handles vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 pounds. Vehicles include sedans, pickup trucks, and motorcycles, for example. When helping with light-duty towing, the vehicle is loaded onto a flatbed truck and secured before being towed. Light-duty tows are also often used for short distances and small vehicles. The trucks themselves are also smaller than their heavy-duty counterparts, making them much more maneuverable in tight spaces or sharp turns. It’ll also cost less when the incident requires a light-duty truck.

What is Heavy-Duty Towing?

As its name suggests, a heavy-duty tow truck is there for heavy vehicles. It also requires special equipment and training to drive, so not every tow truck driver can drive a heavy-duty truck. Typical vehicles that need this type of service include semi-trucks, buses, and construction equipment. Unlike a light tow truck, these tow trucks can carry more than 26,000 pounds of weight.

However, that extra load capacity means they can’t navigate tight spaces or make sharp turns easily. Because of the training needed for heavy-duty emergency towing, the cost also tends to be higher. A heavy-duty tow truck is the best choice if you need towing over long distances, such as from one state to another.

Which One is Right?

Choosing between the two towing options comes down to a matter of weight, distance, and the type of vehicle. If you aren’t sure about the best option, don’t worry. Our trusty Team-Pro has a team of experienced and reliable professionals who can help. We have trained personnel to handle both light and heavy-duty towing and can help with any breakdown or accident.