Five Interesting Facts About Towing

November 1, 2018 10:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Unless you’re stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck, you probably never give tow trucks all that much thought. And why should you? You’ve got other things to think about every day. That’s not the case with our team—we always seem to have tow trucks on our mind. If you’d like to step into our shoes for a minute, keep reading! This post will teach you a few fun facts about tow trucks that you can pass along to your friends:

  • Towing is an old profession: Way back in 1916, a mechanic named Ernest Holmes was tasked with retrieving a Ford Model T that had driven off the road into a creek. Eventually, the car was saved, but only after six men spent eight hours pulling that car back up onto the road by hand! Needless to say, Holmes was frustrated that the ordeal took so long, and was determined to come up with a simpler solution. It took a lot of trial and error, but Holmes eventually received a patent for his tow truck machine in 1919.
  • The first tow truck was a Cadillac: Would you believe that Holmes’s first towing machine was mounted to the back of his 1913 Cadillac? He modified his car to handle the crane and pulley system. Unfortunately, the design wasn’t quite stable enough to handle daily towing duties. If that would’ve worked, we might live in a world where all towing services drive Cadillacs! Ernest’s first successful commercial tow truck sold for $485 and was a converted 1913 steam-powered vehicle.
  • There are five main types of tow trucks: Thankfully, the towing industry has come a long way in the past 100 years. Nowadays, there are five different types of tow trucks: hook and chain, wheel lift, boom, flat bed and integrated trucks. The type of truck that your towing service in Greeley, CO will send depends on the type of vehicle you drive and the situation in which you’ve found yourself in. Superior Towing, for example, has a large fleet of different types of trucks to tow everything from heavy-duty trucks and SUVs to motorcycles.
  • Being a towing technician isn’t a walk in the park: Like pros in a lot of different industries, we make towing look pretty easy. However, trust us when we say that the towing profession isn’t as simple as it seems! To even drive a tow truck you need a special driver’s license that isn’t all that easy to obtain. Additionally, there are many laws in place that highly regulate the towing industry; so we’ve really got to know our stuff when we’re out on the road.
  • You can visit a tow truck museum: Do you really love tow trucks? If so, then you should take a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee! There, you’ll find the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, which houses all sorts of exhibits that showcase the history and traditions of the tow truck industry.

Whether you need towing service in Greeley, CO, require roadside assistance or are just interested in learning some more towing facts, please don’t hesitate to give Superior Towing a call. We serve our customers in northern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and southwestern Nebraska 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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