Understanding Emergency Protocol
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Understanding Emergency Protocol

A few weeks ago when my car died while I was driving, I didn't really know how to handle the situation. After things went south, I pulled over as quickly as I could to wait for the tow truck driver. Unfortunately, my car was basically sitting in the middle of a busy intersection, which made it really hard for my tow truck driver to do his job. After police closed off the intersection, I was finally able to have my car towed to a shop. On my website, you might learn how to follow basic emergency protocol so that you can stay safe and expedite repairs.


Understanding Emergency Protocol

Was Your Car Recently Stripped By Thieves? How A Towing Service Will Help You Salvage What's Left

Eevi Annala

Car thieves who can strip a car down to the bare frame in minutes rarely leave anything that will help the car move from where it was parked. Fortunately, this only happens once in a while, but if it has happened to you, do not despair. You can still move what remains of your vehicle with a towing service. You may be wondering how that is remotely possible with no wheels or tires on your car, so here is how the towing service will probably go about saving what is left of your vehicle.

Flatbed Trucks

Since your car has no wheels or tires to speak of at the moment, only a flatbed tow truck can pick it up and haul it in to a repair shop. (Be sure to explain the circumstances to the receptionist at your towing company so that the tow truck driver brings the correct tow truck and you are not delayed.) Even with a flatbed tow truck, your driver will need additional help, and it may come in the form of either a crane and crane driver, or in the form of a forklift. (It may also be possible to move your vehicle with the help of a conveyor-style system and a power winch, but that usually takes more time and is more complicated than a forklift or crane.)

Crane Lifts

To avoid any further damage to the remnants of your car, your tow truck driver may hire a crane driver and crane to pick your vehicle up and set it on a flatbed. The crane may use cables looped through the window frames of your car doors, or he/she may use a powerful magnetic attachment to pick up the frame. Then your vehicle is hoisted up and over and gently set onto a flatbed truck for transport.


If your vehicle was parked anywhere near a warehouse or other commercial district and was stripped bare on the street there, it may be possible for your tow truck driver to engage the help of a forklift driver. The forklift's fork would go directly underneath the body of your vehicle, lift it up a few feet from the ground, and then move it to the flatbed truck, taking care to deposit the remnants of your vehicle with very little jostling and no dropping. You may have to wait for the local warehouses to open in the morning, but if you are busy filling out statements with the police about the vandalism and theft of parts from your car, that may take up enough time that your tow truck driver will be able to find an open warehouse with an available forklift and driver.