Almost 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.