How To Tow A Car Without A Hitch

safe-towing-tips-NAPA-KNOW-HOW-hitch-couplerAlmost everyone at some point in time has broken down while driving and needs to be towed. A lot of cars are not equipped with a hitch. There are several other ways to tow a vehicle without the use of a hitch such as flatbed car, the use of a towing ball, and chains or straps.

A flatbed trailer is pulled up behind a truck or any other large vehicles that are capable of pulling a non-drivable vehicle. This is considered to be one of the safest methods if a vehicle is not equipped with a hitch. Flatbed trailers usually have four wheels that are centrally placed on the trailer. This helps to make sure the vehicle is equally balanced when it is on the flatbed. The damaged car does not sustain any further damage to the underside of the car by being towed on a flatbed trailer. Loading the car is easy. The car is simply driven up the ramp of the flatbed trailer and secured in place by safety belts.

The use of a towing ball is another method. The weight limit of the vehicles needs to be determined so as not to damage either vehicle. Pulling a vehicle that is heavier than suggested may cause unsafe driving conditions as well. There is a hole in the middle of the bumper of the vehicle where the device is to be placed. Once the ball is inserted in the bumper, a locking washer and nut are placed to provide extra stability so the device will not loosen during the transport. The trailers ball mount and safety chains are attached to the ball and the wiring is attached to the vehicle so the safety lights will work. Safety lights must be used when transporting vehicles on public roads to ensure the safety of other travelers.

Chains and straps are also used for pulling a damaged vehicle. The chain, or strap, should be wrapped in the middle of the axle underneath one of the vehicle, and the process is repeated with the other vehicle. The chains, or straps, should be tightened by hooking one end around the opposite end that is closest to the axle. Ortiz Automotive & Towing San Diego offers roadside assistance and other vehicle services. They are available around the clock to answer any questions regarding suggestions on how to tow without having a hitch.

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There are several key factors to look into when finding a good locksmith. This search can be done one of two ways. It can be done by using the web. It can also be done by speaking to other people, people who have used those services. Either way, finding a good locksmith is hard. It’s like trying to find a good man to marry. Those good guys are out there, a person just has to know where to look.

Here are a few key pointers to keep in mind. Some of these may seem like commonplace, but they are still relevant.

1) Ask someone who is trustworthy. Ask them whom they recommend. Only talk to a friend who’s going to be 100% honest. If the person isn’t good, they need to speak on it.

2) Always ask for some sort of credentials. Those credentials and referrals say so much about a person and the company he works for. If there is a red flag in any of the information, bring it up. See what the person has to say. If the person stumbles their way through an explanation, forget about them.

3) Only go with someone who is fully bonded and insured. A good locksmith will have both on record. If something goes wrong, they won’t be able to blame the client. Being a professional, the locksmith has to take responsibility for their part. Make sure they have that capability.

4) Are they registered with the BBB. This is a very good indication as to what type of company and professionals they are. If the company can’t be found on the BBB list, then they aren’t worth the time.

5) A good locksmith will always ask their client to provide them with an ID. They want to make sure they have the right person. They are just doing their job. Ask them for theirs too. It’s just good business.

6) If the company only keeps small hours, don’t even bother. A good locksmith will be ready and able 24/7. If certain companies don’t meet those qualifications, move on.

7) Never doubt the instincts in an emergency situation. If the company seems to be late on the job or messy in appearance, don’t even invite them in. If they don’t offer ID, especially in emergency situations, they are not qualified.


Many of these tips might seem like common sense; but, in certain situations, some of that common sense goes out the door. Remember to use the head and keep calm. Just keep these guidelines in the back of the mind, and everything will be fine.