Getting the Best Price on Towing

Tow Truck To The Rescue! Signs That This Career Is Right For You

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tow Truck To The Rescue! Signs That This Career Is Right For You

When a motorist’s vehicle breaks down, gets a flat tire that cannot be changed or has any other problem on the road, it’s a welcome sight for the driver to look to the distance and see a tow truck approaching. If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation and you’re thinking that you might enjoy helping people in distress by working as a driver for a towing service (such as Express Tow & Recovery), it’s ideal to evaluate the particular demands of this job and also your personal strengths to see if they’re in alignment. Here are some particular areas of focus to consider as you work toward making this decision.   You Enjoy Driving It might seem overly simplistic, but to succeed while working as a tow truck driver, you should enjoy driving. Many people are indifferent about driving, but to find success in this career field, it’s ideal for you to have a true passion for driving. This should include driving at night and during inclement weather – not all motorists’ breakdowns occur on sunny days, and you may have to brave snow, ice and other dangerous conditions during an average shift. If you’re a competent driver and you feel any weather situation is no match for your aptitude behind the wheel, it’s a good sign if you’re considering this career. You’re Comfortable Dealing With Anxious People When you arrive on the scene to help someone with his or her vehicle, you’ll often encounter motorists who are anxious or upset. It’s ideal if you’re comfortable talking to people who are in this stressed state of mind – and definitely a good sign if you have a calm demeanor and a knack for helping people begin to relax. You might even encounter people who are a little hostile – for example, upset that you didn’t arrive on the scene immediately – and you’ll need to have a helpful, upbeat attitude to diffuse the tension and make the person feel relaxed.  You Can Work Quickly Under Pressure In an ideal world, everyone who experiences car trouble can pull into an empty parking lot and wait for the towing service. However, in reality, this isn’t the case. Many drivers will leave their vehicles on the road itself – including sometimes even in the fast lane – which means that that tow truck drivers need to be able to work quickly and get out of the dangerous area as quickly as possible. If you’ve had experience being thorough and quick in less-than-ideal environments, it can help you in this career....

read more

Follow These Essential Tips When Driving In Hot Weather

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Follow These Essential Tips When Driving In Hot Weather

When the temperatures start rising and reach close to triple digits, you might enjoy being in your vehicle, blasting the air conditioner. However, it is important to note that even when it feels nice and cool inside, it might be a completely different story under the hood. Make sure you follow these important tips any time you are planning on driving in hot weather. Know the Condition of the Cooling System It is essential that you are completely aware of the current condition of your vehicle’s cooling system. If you are already low on coolant or antifreeze, you could be dealing with a major overheating issue while driving in triple-digit weather. Make sure you keep an eye on the coolant level on a regular basis. When the weather is hot, you want to check the coolant and water level more often than usual. Also make sure there are no coolant leaks, which you will notice by the level dropping rapidly or seeing antifreeze under your vehicle when it is parked. Check the condition of the water reservoir and radiator, but only do this when the car is completely cool. Have a New Battery Installed If it has been a while since you have gotten a new car battery, now is a good time to get one. You want your battery to be in top condition in hot weather, as high temperatures can be brutal for a car battery. If you plant o keep your current battery, check the terminals for any signs of corrosion that need to be addressed. Also make sure it is firmly mounted. With a wet cell battery, you need to maintain it regularly by checking the fluid levels. Pack Emergency Provisions You also need to make sure there are enough supplies in your vehicle in case an emergency occurs. For example, if there is a major accident on the highway, you may be stuck in your car while it is parked for a long time while in triple-digit heat. You need to keep your family safe with plenty of bottled water to keep them from dehydrating. Also be prepared for vehicle-related emergencies, such as with a spare tire and equipment to change the tire, extra fluids like oil and coolant, and flares in case you need to alert a tow truck like one from Jenwar Towing & Recovery if you break down. It is also a good idea to have a fully-charged cell phone in the car just in case yours is dead if you break down. You don’t want to spend any unnecessary time on the side of the road with extreme...

read more

Don’t Get Stuck While Driving In The Snow

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Get Stuck While Driving In The Snow

Driving through harsh weather conditions like snow is challenging, but not impossible. You can safely arrive at your destination without getting stuck or getting into an accident. However, this does require a certain level of skill and practice. If you are overlooking this factor, being stranded on the side of the road is likely a scenario you will find yourself in. Make sure you don’t get stuck this winter. Slow And Steady Movements Avoid accelerating and decelerating too quickly. Instead, keep your movements slow and steady. When you drive in this manner, you give your tires more time to regain traction, which can ultimately keep you from skidding off the side of the road. This factor is especially important when traveling up a snow covered hill. Brake Control It doesn’t matter if you have anti-lock brakes or not, threshold braking is the best method in snowy conditions. This form or braking involves keeping the heel of your foot firmly planted just below the base of the pedal. You can then use the ball of your foot to apply a steady amount of firm pressure to the brake, giving you greater control. Following Distance In normal driving conditions, there should be at least three seconds of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. In a nutshell, this means that it should take at least three seconds for you to reach the rear of the car you’re following. During adverse weather conditions, this distance should be increased to somewhere between six and nine seconds. Proper Tires Make sure you are equipping your vehicle with tires efficient at navigating snow. All-weather, performance, and low profile tires should be replaced with snow tires during the snow season. Snow tires are designed with large grooves in them that help give you greater grip on the road. If you don’t have them installed, it’s harder to get the traction you need to keep moving safely. Safety First Always keep safety in mind. In the event you do get stuck, never try to exit your vehicle without first assessing your surroundings. If you are in the middle of the road or in an otherwise dangerous location, turn on your hazards and wait for help to arrive. As an added safety precaution, make sure you have the contact information of an auto towing company already saved in your phone. Having the ability to immediately call someone keeps you from wasting time searching for a telephone number. Make sure you are navigating through the snow correctly, but in the event of a problem, don’t hesitate to contact a tow...

read more

The ABCs Of Preparing For Winter Roadway Emergencies

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The ABCs Of Preparing For Winter Roadway Emergencies

With the snow and cold of winter starting to edge its way into parts of the country, it is definitely time to start thinking about winter preparedness as a driver. Even if your vehicle is perfectly reliable, you never know when a winter storm can leave you stranded and waiting on an auto towing service to come and help you out. A 2,000-mile-wide winter storm left some drivers in Kentucky stranded for as long as 24 hours waiting for help to arrive. If you want to make sure that you and your family would be safe if you were to get stuck in the cold in your car, there is a simple ABC rule set to keep in mind. Always pack a winter survival kit and keep it in your car Early in the winter season, create a winter survival kit to keep in your vehicle. This should have warm blankets, water, flashlights and batteries, a battery-operated radio, protein-rich snacks, and a first-aid kit. If you or someone who frequently travels with you takes daily medications, pack up a day’s supply and add this to your winter-car kit as well. If you do have to wait for a tow truck for a little while, the idea is that you will be prepared to stay safe. Be alert to changes in weather conditions When you are traveling in the winter, roadway conditions can completely change in a matter of minutes. Stay tuned in to the local radio stations, keep an eye on the weather, and stay alert to sudden changes in precipitation. If you see ice and snow start to fall, it is a good idea to change your route, and try to make your way to somewhere where you can be off the roadway. Call ahead to let people know you are on your way when roads are bad If you must travel when the roads are in bad condition, or perhaps could become that way quickly, call ahead and let someone know where you are going that you are on your way. If something happens and you do get stranded without access to a working phone or if you are in an accident, your contact will know that something is up so they can have someone try to find you. You may not be able to do anything at all about what the winter weather is going to throw your way as a driver, but you can get prepared and know how to sty as safe as possible. Talk to an auto towing service like Michael’s Towing & Recovery Service for more information about staying safe on winter...

read more

4 Signs Your Automobile’s Spark Plugs Need To Be Replaced

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Signs Your Automobile’s Spark Plugs Need To Be Replaced

The spark plugs in your automobile are responsible for receiving an electrical current from the ignition coils and then using the energy to ignite the fuel and air in the combustion chamber. When you are operating your vehicle, this process happens continuously and is what keeps your vehicle moving. Like most auto parts, spark plugs wear out over time and need to be replaced. Failure to replace them on schedule can lead to a number of mechanical problems, and if several spark plugs are bad your car most likely will not start and you will have to have it towed to an auto repair shop. If you notice the following symptoms, have your spark plugs checked out and replaced by a mechanic: Noticeable Change in Fuel Economy After driving your vehicle for a while, you tend to notice how far you can drive on a tank of gas, even if you don’t know the exact miles per gallon that your car gets. If you suddenly notice that you are having to buy gas more often even though you are not driving more, you may have spark plugs that are going bad. When spark plugs are not working properly it can lead to incomplete combustion, meaning that your car has to use more fuel. Misfiring Engine If your vehicle’s engine misfires, you will feel it; a typical misfire almost feels like the engine slips, which can cause a jerking feeling while driving. If several spark plugs are failing, it is possible for engine misfires to become such a problem that you will not be able to drive your car on the road, and you may end up having to have it towed because it will not run properly. Don’t wait for engine misfires to become so bad that you can operate your vehicle- at the first sign of an engine misfire bring your car to an auto repair shop to have the spark plugs checked. Acceleration Problems If bad spark plugs are preventing continuous fuel combustion, you will most likely notice acceleration problems. These problems can include lack of power, your vehicle not responding immediately when the accelerator is pressed, or uneven acceleration. This can be a serious problem when driving in traffic, so don’t ignore these symptoms. Idling Problems Your vehicle idles when the engine is on but the car is not moving; failing spark plugs can cause your automobile to have idling problems. Common idling problems include loud engine sounds when stopped, vibrations from the engine, and an engine that runs at a high RPM while stationary. Several bad spark plugs can even make your car stall while idling, which can be problematic and dangerous at intersections with stoplights.  To learn more, contact an auto repair company like Fredericktown...

read more

3 Requirements Of A Truck Driver To Put Your Mind At Ease The Next Time Your Vehicle Is Towed

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Requirements Of A Truck Driver To Put Your Mind At Ease The Next Time Your Vehicle Is Towed

If your car malfunctions and leaves you stranded on the side of the road, you may need a tow truck service to move the car. Abandoning the car for a later pickup can be dangerous. Your car could be vandalized. Items could be stolen from the vehicle, or it could be involved in a collision. Nevertheless, allowing a tow truck service to transport your car can be a bit unnerving. You probably won’t know the tow truck operator and may have little reason to trust his or her competence. Still, tow truck drivers from companies like Arctic Thunder Towing & Recovery are trained professionals. To help put your mind at ease during the times that your car has to be towed, here are some of the requirements that a tow truck driver may have to meet before he or she tows your car:  Commercial Driver’s License A tow truck driver is required by the U.S. Department of Transportation to have a commercial driver’s license if the driver tows cargo that weighs over 26,001 pounds. However, some state and local regulations are more stringent and require a commercial license for a tow truck operator, regardless of cargo weight.  Before the driver can obtain a commercial license, he or she must attended approved training classes and pass a written examination. In addition, the driver must successfully complete a driving test. If the driver has a commercial driver’s license, your car will not be towed by a person who is untrained or incompetent.  Physical Fitness Some government agencies may require a tow truck driver to be in good physical shape. Assessments of his or her eyesight, fitness level and hearing may be provided before the trucker can operate a towing vehicle. In addition, the driver may be required to pass a drug screening.  People who have physical limitations that prevent them from detecting traffic issues may find it difficult to respond quickly on the road. In addition, people who have a substance abuse problem may have an altered sense of judgment. However, tow truck drivers who are regularly tested for drugs and alcohol and examined for physical issues are more apt to be fit to drive safely and responsibly.  Towing Certification Some towing companies require tow truck drivers to have a towing certification. By completing additional coursework, a tow truck driver can become certified with organizations, such as the Towing and Recovery Association of America, which offers the National Driver Certification Program. The certification expires after five years, so the truck driver must renew it to remain certified.  If your car needs to be towed, it will likely be towed by a trained professional. Nevertheless, most professional towing companies are willing to disclose the training and license requirements of their drivers. Contact a towing service provider today for information about their drivers’...

read more

Keeping Safe When You Experience A Flat Tire

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Safe When You Experience A Flat Tire

If you are driving along and all of a sudden your tire is making a thumping sound as you drive, you will want to get your vehicle off the road right away so you do not run into further problems. Getting a flat tire can be an anxious time if you have never experienced it before, but with the following tips you and your vehicle will be safe as you swap it for a new tire or wait for a tow truck. Here are some tips that will help you say safe while in this unfortunate situation. Move To The Shoulder Get your vehicle as far off of the road as possible so you are not in the way of oncoming traffic. When you pull over, it may be best to scoot yourself over to the passenger side door when getting out so you no one is caught off-guard that you are opening your door. If you are going to wait outside of your vehicle, stay on the passenger side at all times. If the tire with the flat is located on the driver’s side, it is best to wait for a towing service to get your vehicle off the roadway rather than risking doing a tire change with traffic right next to you. Alert Others About Your Problem If it is light outside, turn on your hazard lights as soon as you pull your vehicle off the road. This will alert other drivers your vehicle is experiencing problems. At night-time turn on your interior lights instead. Some people may think you are just driving slow with flashers on and they could hit the back of your vehicle if you are not off the road far enough. Hold a piece of white cloth or paper in place with your driver’s side window so it is seen from the road. This is a sign that your vehicle is immobile. Make a call to a towing service right away so you will not be waiting long for help. Deal With People Stopping Someone may pull up to ask you if you are in need of help. If you are in an unfamiliar area or if you feel uncomfortable with speaking to strangers for any reason, it is best to stay inside your vehicle. Roll your window down an inch or two to speak to someone if they come up to your vehicle. Pretend you are on the phone with the police and tell the person that help is on the way.  If you do not have a cell phone, you may need to ask the person to alert a tow truck. Tell them you had already alerted the police and that they told you to call for a tow but your phone had died between calls. This way, they will help you and you will not be worried about them trying to gain entry to your vehicle as they will believe the police are on the way.  For professional towing services, contact a company such as Big D...

read more

3 Things You Can Do While Waiting On The Tow Truck

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Can Do While Waiting On The Tow Truck

At one point in time or another, many people have found themselves in trouble and stranded on the side of the road. Whether it be because of an auto accident or mechanical trouble, car trouble can happen at any time. If you find yourself stuck, you can always turn to a towing company to help get your vehicle to safety and off the road. Not sure what to do while waiting for the tow truck driver? Consider some of the following. Put flares around your vehicle. Whenever you get stuck on the side of the road, you want to make sure you put reflective triangles and cones around your vehicle. This is more important than ever when you cannot move your vehicle out of harm’s way. Put a cone in front, in back and on the side of the car closest to the road. You want to let others traveling down the road know that you are stranded and your vehicle won’t move. This will help to prevent another incident from occurring while you wait for the tow truck driver to arrive. Stay inside of your vehicle. As much as you might want to be outside of your vehicle, it isn’t always the safest place to be. Provided your vehicle is safe, your hazards are on and you have all of the warning signs properly positioned, you need to stay inside of your vehicle. In doing so, this is going to keep you safe and secure from the elements and any vehicles passing by. Get your belongings in order.  While waiting for the tow truck driver to arrive, you might want to get all of your valuables together. Find your insurance papers and any other items that you think might be good to take with you. This will help make sure you can get out of the vehicle in a timely fashion. The quicker you are able to get out of the vehicle, the quicker the towing company will be able to get your vehicle taken care of for you. Regardless of whether it takes 10 minutes for the towing company to arrive or an hour, there are plenty of different things you can do to help pass the time. By going through the tips above, you can make sure the time passes by and you are nice and safe the entire time you wait for your vehicle to be towed. For more information, contact a professional like Superior...

read more

Important Safety Checks to Make before Towing a Trailer with a Semi

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Safety Checks to Make before Towing a Trailer with a Semi

If you are a semi driver who frequently tows a trailer out on the open road, you have many responsibilities. Not only must you think of your own safety, but also the safety of your fellow drivers who will be sharing the road with you. A motor vehicle accident can occur within a moment’s notice. It can be especially dangerous when a vehicle as large as a semi is involved. These are some important safety checks to make before you start out on the road towing a trailer that will help ensure you have safe traveling. Walk-Around Inspection  You will first need to do a complete walk around inspection of your semi and the trailer it is towing. Check to make sure there are no gas, oil or other fluid leaks visible. Also look closely at your lights and wiring to ensure there are no cracked lenses or broken wires.  Look closely at the hitch that connects the trailer to the semi. Make sure that it is attached correctly and all bolts or levers are tightened properly. Make sure the safety chains are connected properly and are not twisted or rusty. Under the Hood Check under the hood to make sure you have the correct water and oil levels. Look closely for any visible leaks that may have dripped or sprayed out onto the motor or radiator. Also check to see if you have plenty of wiper fluid, transmission fluid, and brake fluid. Checking the Tires  Check the tire pressure for all tires on the semi and the trailer. Make sure that each tire gauges at the right amount of pressure for the load you are pulling. Look closely at your tires to ensure that each has plenty of tread and is in excellent driving condition. Check that all lug nuts are tightened properly. Inside the Cab  Check all gauges on your dash to see if they are reading correctly. Flip on the lights, flashers, windshield wipers, and test the horn to ensure all are working properly. Make sure your steering wheel turns to both sides as it should. Start your motor and let it idle for a few minutes. Be sure to check your gears and brakes before leaving out on the road. Taking the extra time to inspect your semi and trailer before you begin traveling may help you avoid a break down or an accident. This gives you the time to locate potential problems that may unexpectedly occur while you are driving. For assistance, talk to a professional like Glen’s Towing & Road...

read more

About The Safety Of Hauling Business Vehicles Through A Towing Company

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you relocating your business to a different city and need your vehicles hauled? You can hire a towing company to transport multiple vehicles without any of them getting damaged in the process.  In this article, learn what you should know about the safety of oversize hauling through a towing company for your vehicles. What Makes Hauling Vehicles Through a Towing Company Safe? When a towing company hauls away your vehicles, they will be placed on a flatbed truck to keep them safe. None of the vehicles will touch the ground as they are being transported, which means the lower area of the vehicles will not risk getting damaged. For instance, you won’t have to worry about the rubber on tires being dragged across the street. The muffler and transmission on the vehicles will also be safe. All it takes is driving on a rough road for vehicle damage during towing without the use of a flatbed truck. Loading each of your vehicles on a flatbed tow truck is also done in a safe manner. The tow truck driver will park each vehicle in front of the ramp of the tow truck and back up so the front tires can sit on the ramp. The front tires will then be secured inside brackets on the ramp before being lifted onto the flatbed. Your vehicles will not roll off of the tow truck due to the tires being secured with pins. The steel pins will actually prevent the tires from rotating while on the flatbed. Is There Financial Security for the Vehicles in the Event of an Accident? If you have business insurance, it is possible that your own policy will allow you to get paid if your vehicles are damaged in an accident. However, it is likely that the tow truck company will also have insurance coverage if you hire a reputable company. In the event of an accident, the towing company will give you money to repair or replace your damaged vehicles. The exact amount of money compensated will depend on what is written in your contract with the towing company. Towing each of your business vehicles on your own can be time consuming, especially when transporting them over a long distance. You can get all of your vehicles transported at once so they can be at the new location and ready for use in no time. Get in touch with a towing company like Gallup Oversize Pilot Service that can provide the service of oversize...

read more