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I was just wondering what the proper technique is for tying down these cars on a flatbed. I hope I'll never have to do this unexpectedly, but stranded on a roadside is the wrong time to inquire...

I know tie-downs should run through the wheels, but I'd like to be able to give a tow truck driver exact instructions if the need ever arises. Does anyone have pics or a diagram?
 

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I'll try to dig up a picture of how I strap mine down to my trailer. It really is as simple as it sounds. Axle straps go through the wheels, straps get hooked to those, then hook the other end of the strap to the D-rings on my trailer. That method could translate exactly to a flat bed tow truck... except they might use chains and binders. Just make sure they don't try to hook your car up by various suspension parts. Tow truck drivers generally don't give a hoot whether your car gets scratched or broken in the process of towing it so make sure they are careful.

Before I had my own trailer, I shattered an axle shaft in my wrangler and the shaft slid out (leaving me on 3 wheels). Even though my Jeep was built to take a beating, the tow truck driver had no idea what he was doing, so I offered to winch myself onto his truck and strap it down myself. He wanted to chain my truck down from the tie-rod!
 

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Thanks Pooter. Straps through the wheels make sense, but I'm also wondering what keeps the car from rolling fore and aft a few inches even then. I'm guessing the front and rear straps should pull slightly opposite each other? Also, do the straps have potential to wear off the finish of the wheels?
 
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