How do you decide who to call? A mechanic or a tow truck? Mechanics and tow trucks differ greatly from each other and offer different (but similar) services if you ever find yourself in need of help, you can reference this blog to clear up which would help you best. 

If you cannot safely get your heavy haul truck to a mechanic at an auto body shop, then calling a tow truck should be your first priority. Situations that you would need to call a tow truck before a mechanic would be as follows:

1. Your Truck Is Out of Gas

No one likes to admit that they ran out of gas, but it does happen and it should be nothing to be ashamed of. It can happen from error; you didn’t notice your gas light was on, or you expected the gas station to be closer than it actually was. Whatever the situation is, you need gas in order to keep driving. If you run out of gas, your semi truck can not go anywhere and is ultimately stuck wherever you are. In this case, it would be best for you to call a tow truck rather than a mechanic

2. Engine Failure

Engine Failure can occur at any time for trucks and happens more often than not. Trucks pose a danger to themselves and others when they are parked on the side of the road broken down. If you are not able to move your truck out of the way of other drivers without creating hazardous conditions, you should consider getting towed as soon as possible. 

When Will a Mechanic Suffice Over a Towing Company?

There are also things that you wouldn’t specifically need your truck towed for. Mechanics are available to be used for your services should you need assistance with anything listed below:

1. Cooling Systems

Cooling systems can go out on a moment’s notice and warrant a call to a mechanic and not a tow to the nearest shop- unless it is something that a mechanic is not fully equipped to be dealing with outside of the shop.

2. Damage to Vehicle Glass

Rocks are constantly being kicked up from surrounding vehicles next to you and in front of you, and if they strike your windshield just right, can cause a major issue or crack in your line of vision which can render you helpless with your sight. A cracked windshield can be a hazard to not only you but others around you, too. 

Heavy-Duty Towing in Dallas, Texas

Making the decision to call a tow truck or a mechanic just got easier with the guidance we have provided above. If you cannot get your truck to move, it is best to call a tow truck first. Massey Towing and Truck Service offers heavy hauling in the Dallas, TX area for 18-wheelers and rigs. Massey specializes in heavy-duty towing and recovering and is staffed with licensed technicians, who have a complete range of general maintenance service parts, as well as roadside assistance.