Many people believe Henry Ford invented the first automobile. However, Karl Benz invented the first automobile about 20 years before Ford automated car production with the assembly line. The first driver’s licences did not come out until 1916. A model T Ford was driven into a creek in Tennessee a few years later, and the seeds of the tow truck evolution were planted.Feel free to find more information at Minneapolis Towing Service.
When a local businessman learned of the accident, he enlisted the help of his brother, the owner of a nearby service station, to get the car out of the ditch. The men finally got the car out of the Tennesse creek with the help of a few more volunteers, a block and tackle, and a little sweat. And it only took me 8 hours to complete. There has to be a better way, the businessman reasoned.
Ernest Holmes returned home and began tinkering in his garage, rigging up a winch of some sort for the back of his 1913 Cadillac. When he first tried to use it, his car began to tip over. He realised he needed some lateral support and devised a crude set of outriggers to attach to the Caddy’s side to keep it from tipping over. Over the next three years, he tested and modified his Caddy with the winch and outriggers until he had a product that worked reliably and without incident.
In 1919, he applied for a patent. In the early twentieth century, the Holmes 485 was the first vehicle designed specifically for towing broken down automobiles. He manufactured his “wrecker,” as they were known back then, and sold them to service stations. Until the 1970s, he continued to manufacture tow trucks. His 1919 Holmes 485 is still on display in a Tennessee museum.
Tow trucks have come a long way in recent years. For a simple car tow, there are trucks that place the car’s drive train on a fork-shaped lift. While the car is being towed to the body shop, this prevents any damage to the drive train. On the other end of the spectrum, there are very large semi trailer-sized trucks with large cranes on the back decks capable of setting an overturned 18-wheeler on its wheels.
Most tow trucks now come equipped with GPS navigation and tracking systems, as well as onboard HD cameras and other modern technology, making the job of safely transporting damaged vehicles of any size much easier.
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