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Long Distance vs. Short Distance Towing

To put it simply, towing something 5 miles versus 500 miles requires a different approach. In a short tow, you can get away with a lot more because there is less risk of something going wrong. However, with every creeping inch on the road, the statistical chance of a chain breaking, rope snapping, gear malfunctioning or a litany of other problems increases.

That’s why long distance towing is a whole other game, and it’s why you might want to leave it up to the professionals. If you’ve ever shipped a car long distance, you know they ask you to completely empty out the gas tank before it goes into a car carrier. With the wrong travel conditions, the fuel in your gas tank is a real hazard.

Just One Example…

Speaking of car carriers, that’s just one difference between long distance and short distance towing. If you’re towing your car around town, a car dolly should be suitable for your needs. A car dolly, remember, is a device that suspends the two front wheels of a vehicle while the rear tires remain on the road and rotating. A car dolly is a poor choice to carry a car more than 25 miles, though. Those rear tires are going to lose tread at a much faster rate due to the weight imbalance of a tilted car, and that puts them at risk of popping while you’re driving—something dangerous not only for you but others on the road as well.

It should be noted that some cars suffer severe engine damage if towed on a dolly and require all four tires to be motionless while the engine is off. Always check with your manufacture on what you can and cannot do.

Car carries are designed to completely remove your car from the road and leave them motionless while being towed. This is a much safer approach and ensures your car arrives exactly as you packed it away. Oh, and when it comes to packing your car on a carrier, make sure you fasten it securely and lay protective blankets/padding around the entire vehicle. This prevents any body damage your car might suffer during transport.

Where can I get help?

Check back later as we discuss other noteworthy differences between long distance and short distance towing, but for now simply realize that long distance towing must be handled much more differently.

ASAP Towing offers long distance towing services both out-of-state and in-state, so consult us if you’re thinking about moving your car. We can move several kinds of vehicles long distance:

  • Heavy trucks
  • Buses
  • Limousines
  • Generators
  • Pumps
  • Compressors
  • Dozers
  • Excavators
  • Trenchers
  • Forklifts
  • Scissor lifts
  • Booms
  • Any other machinery you can think of!

More importantly, we are ready 24/7 to make sure you can have your car when you need it, where you need it.

Leave Towing to the experts

Call ASAP towing to have your vehicle towed for a good price

Email ASAP Towing Or call us at (904) 771-0790