The tow truck has been around since 1926 when a guy by the name of Ernest Holmes invented the tow truck after a car got stuck in a ditch and there was no way to get it out.
He used blocks and ropes and seven men pulling all at the same time to get the car pulled out of a creek. Ernest was the type of guy who wouldn’t give up on anything so he created a vehicle that would pull the cars out of trouble when they got stuck in the mud or went over the side into the ditch.
He kept improving and getting better at getting cars out of the ditch until one day he started manufacturing them on a regular basis and started selling them commercially. Today in his home town of Chattanooga TN there’s The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s a pretty neat place to visit when you get the chance.
Towing involves coupling a tow truck and a car together so that the car could be pulled by the truck, which serves as the designated power source for pulling. It's a method of transporting transportation vehicles without turning their engines on. The towing service can tow stalled cars or brand new cars that are supposed to be delivered to a factory or a dealership without affecting their mileage and whatnot.
The most well-known towing source is a motorized land vehicle like a car, SUV, truck, jeep, and the like, but it could also refer to a human (rickshaw) , animal (horse-drawn carriage), or vessel. Before automobiles were invented, cars used to refer to carriages that are drawn or pulled by a horse. In modern towing terms, you can use a hitch, bar, rope, or chain to pull a car.
If you have two cars and one of them ends up stalled, you can use your other car to pull or tow the damaged or stalled car to the nearest gas station or car repair shop. However, most would rather call a professional to do it since this is something they handle for a living. Amateurs tend to have problems finding a place to put the hitch without damaging the stalled car in question.