It may seem normal now to have a recovery service of a breakdown cover company attending your car and then transport it back home or to anywhere in the UK depending on your wishes. You also may think that as the two top breakdown cover organisations have been attending breakdowns and supporting their members for over 100 years now, that this recovery service has been around right through the golden years of motoring, but you would be wrong.
In fact the breakdown recovery services only became part of the service offered from the early seventies, as before that only roadside assistance was given. Roadside assistance is where an engineer will attend your vehicle, attempt to repair the fault, but then if it can’t be fixed by the roadside, it will be then at most, towed to a local garage. This was in fact the only service being offered by the motoring clubs right up until the early seventies when another major breakdown cover organisation started trading, National Breakdown.
So it’s quite astonishing to imaging that the recovery service has only been around for less than 40 years and that most of the technology has needed to be created or invented in that timescale.
Actually when you look back at the old vintage photos of the RAC and AA, you never see a vehicle that looked like a recovery vehicle. Just cars, small vans and even Norton motorcycles, their role was to attempt to get your car started and small repairs nothing else.
Breakdown recovery vehicles have had to play catch up with other commercial vehicles, but they have done a good job at that. Even 25 years ago, you can see vans with nothing much more than a winch and a hook hanging from the vehicle. Now modern recovery vehicles are fitted with hydraulic machinery, electrics and pro power to make breakdown recovery just that bit easier, although no one is saying the actual job is easy.
In fact every year now there is what is called the “Tow Show” in the UK, where manufacturers and retailers come together to show all the latest equipment, machinery, tools and recovery vehicles available, dedicated to those in the recovery business.
Every year the show becomes more and more hi tech, to deal with the increased professional demand. There is an argument that the modern car is more reliable than ever, but it still does not prevent the breakdowns or even car accidents that these breakdown recovery personnel often have to attend to.
Now if you breakdown and you have a policy with a breakdown cover company, you can have you car winched on the back of the recovery vehicle and actually sit in your own car as it is transported with you, to any chosen location in mainland UK.
If however you have no breakdown cover you can opt to use one of the independent recovery providers near to your location. You can find the nearest tow truck to you in real time by visiting the Car Recovery Near me search page.