Car evacuation Riga-Latvia

Car evacuation – what is it?

Unfortunately, no driver is insured against road accidents that can occur at any time. Various accidents have different consequences, in which the vehicle may fail altogether. In this case, it is necessary to use the service of evacuating the car from the accident site.

Car evacuation is the transportation / movement of a vehicle through the mediation of a tow truck or other special equipment. As a result, the evacuated vehicle does not directly participate in road traffic. The reasons for the evacuation of the vehicle are:

  • Accidents involving one / several vehicles;
  • Weather conditions that led to a rally in a ditch or the impossibility of further car advancement;
  • Malfunction of the vehicle hydraulics;
  • Steering malfunction;
  • Wheel blocking / jammed ignition lock.

What do you need to know when calling a tow truck?

As breakdowns due to road accidents can be different, it is important to use suitable special equipment for the evacuation of the vehicle:

  1. If the body or wheels have lost their shape and the car cannot roll, it is necessary to call a tow truck with a stationary platform. To raise the car, a winch and retractable ramps are used;
  2. If the wheels are blocked, a pull-out tow truck can also be used, which acts more accurately;
  3. The transportation of heavily damaged cars and large vehicles is carried out by a tow truck with a manipulator. This technique can get the car out of a ditch or pit. When using such a tow truck, there is no need to order a crane.

Benefits of using a specialized tow truck

One of the main advantages of using a tow truck is the care and accuracy of transportation of the damaged car. The car will be delivered exactly in the form in which it will be handed over to the tow truck driver. Transportation is possible by the method of both full and partial loading, as well as by hitch-towing. Employees decide which method to choose on the spot, based on the current situation, the technical condition of the damaged car.

Features of towing cars / trucks, cars with automatic transmission and an inoperative engine

During towing, the vehicles lose their maneuverability, therefore, the Road Traffic Rules provide for actions that make the towing process safe:

  • the speed of the machines in the coupling cannot be higher than 50 km / h;
  • the towing vehicle must drive with the dipped headlights on;
  • the towed car must go with the emergency light on;
  • the towing process should be carried out either by flexible / rigid hitching, or by full / partial loading onto the territory of the loading platform.

Car towing

In what cases may you need it?

The towing of passenger cars depends on the following indicators:

  1. Engine performance.
  2. Serviceability of brakes.

When the brakes / engine are working properly, this is considered the easiest option. Then towing can be done by any method. Most often this is the flexible coupling method.

When the engine is in good working order, but the brakes are not, then the use of a tow truck is required. Cars with automatic transmission should be towed using partial loading. If the car has a manual transmission, it is appropriate to carry out towing using the “hard hitch” method. Towing cars with “mechanics” has its own characteristics:

  • towing using a rigid / flexible hitch is possible if the driver is behind the wheel of the towed car;
  • you cannot carry passengers, with a flexible / rigid coupling, inside the towed car;
  • “Flexible” towing requires a distance between the participants of at least four meters. With “hard” – no more than four meters;
  • towing is prohibited if the car has problems with the steering wheel (possible only by the “partial loading” method);
  • it is forbidden to tow cars with broken brakes, provided that the weight of the towed car is more than half of the towing vehicle. Then it is necessary to tow, either using the “rigid hitch” method or the “partial loading” method.

Towing cars with automatic transmission

When towing a car with “automatic”, the following features should be taken into account:

  • the position of the automatic transmission must always correspond to “ N ” or “ 2 “;
  • maximum towing distance cannot be higher than 50 km;
  • the maximum speed threshold when towing cannot be higher than 40 km / h;
  • the steering wheel is unlocked, the ignition is on;
  • the machine cannot stand in the “handbrake” position;
  • the transmission fluid level should be as high as possible;
  • it is necessary to read the “Manufacturer’s Manual” to find out exactly how the towing process should be performed: with the engine on or off.

It is important to remember that a car with automatic transmission cannot be towed with the engine turned off: after all, when it stops, the oil engine also stops. Then the transmission parts will not receive lubrication, which will lead to a breakdown of the unit.

Towing trucks

The towing of cargo vehicles without a driver / with a driver is most often carried out if the engine has failed in the truck, but other structural details are working. It is necessary to take into account the features of towing a truck:

  • if the brakes / steering wheel on the truck are in good working order, in summer it can be towed as you like. In winter, it is forbidden to tow with a cable: it is dangerous;
  • if the brake system does not work in the truck, the flexible coupling is excluded, because the vehicle being towed runs the risk of crashing into the towing vehicle when it brakes. Vehicle – the towing vehicle must be several times more powerful than the towed vehicle;
  • when all systems of the truck are not working, a partial loading method is needed. There should be no one in the car: the towing machine is responsible for maneuverability.

Towing a vehicle with a non-functioning engine

In the event of a malfunction of the engine or any other unit that requires stopping the car and repairing, it is most reasonable to call a professional tow truck. To evacuate such a car, you need to take into account a number of features:

  • use a light “emergency light”: in a constant mode must be activated: or dipped beam, or side lights, or “fog”;
  • in winter, towing should not be carried out with a broken engine by means of a flexible coupling with a cable. Towing is allowed either by full loading, or on a rigid hitch;
  • the maximum speed should not exceed 40 km / h;
  • transmission filling – to the maximum;
  • maximum distance to the final destination – no more than 50 km;
  • it is necessary to remove from the parking brake, unlock the steering wheel by turning on the ignition.

The issue of turning on / off the engine depends on the brand of the car: you can read about this in the manual for the car. For some machine models, towing with the engine off is strictly prohibited. Therefore, if the engine fails on the road, it is necessary to use the services of a professional tow truck.

What types of services does our company offer?

Our company carries out the evacuation of cars, including the simultaneous transportation of several cars at once on an auto transporter or a tow truck with a trailer.

A more complex procedure is the evacuation of trucks. This requires special transport and loading equipment, as well as special skills must also be among the drivers. All this is at our disposal, so we take on, among other things, the transportation of heavy and bulky equipment.

You can get the following services from us:

  1. urgent evacuation of off-road vehicles, cars and trucks, including special equipment and minibuses
  2. technical assistance with the delivery of the car to the nearest service or the service chosen by the client
  3. evacuation after an accident to the parking lot, as well as returning from the parking lot on behalf of the owner
  4. evacuation on a specific day upon a preliminary call (for example, to the garage).

Advantages of ordering the evacuation of your car in our company:

  1. Work 24 hours a day
  2. Departure anywhere in Latvia
  3. Prompt arrival at the site
  4. Careful work of employees – loading, transporting and unloading is done very carefully
  5. Modern fleet of manipulators and tow trucks
  6. Affordable prices for services