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Flatbed Towing VS. Dolly Towing

A question that we’ve been asked a lot by our Brightstart customers is how we decide on using certain methods of towing instead of others. So, I thought I’d write a blog post with a short explanation about two of the most common types of towing – flatbed towing and dolly towing.

Flatbed Towing Vs. Dolly Towing

Flatbed Towing

As its name suggests the flatbed tow truck has a flat body, without sides or a top, enabling easy loading of vehicles.

Vehicles can easily and safely be winched onto a flatbed truck.

Which towing situations require a flatbed truck?

  1. Long distance towing – the entire vehicle is up on the truck which means that there is no wear and tear from covering the long distance.  Additionally, it is a safe method of long distance towing. And, no added miles to your odometer.
  2. Towing an all-wheel-drive vehicle – because dragging the rear wheels with the front wheels locked in place will cause damage to the drivetrain.
  3. Towing an expensive car – this one doesn’t need an explanation, right?
  4. Towing a heavy vehicle – dollies are physically unable to carry loads above a certain amount of weight, leaving flatbed towing as the only option.
  5. Towing a vehicle that has been involved in an accident – cars with damage to their front axles can’t be towed on a dolly tow.

Dolly Towing

A tow dolly is a trailer that is connected to a tow truck onto which the vehicle that is being towed is attached. Its front wheels are placed on the dolly and the back wheels on the road.

Which towing situations suit dolly towing?

  1. Towing a lighter vehicle
  2. Towing a vehicle with 2 wheels that can spin freely

The biggest advantage that dolly towing has over flatbed towing is its price.  So, the affordability of this method of towing is really what keeps dolly towing popular, despite all the pros of flatbed towing.

Some Final Thoughts

So, basically neither of these towing methods is better than the other. The deciding factor is really the situation itself.  Both of these are good towing methods and that’s why we provide both services. We’ll assess the situation, the type of vehicle and the condition of the vehicle and decide which towing method to use.

We hope this explanation helps you to understand why we decide which towing method to use.