Being A Kind Tow Truck Customer

Tips for Keeping Yourself Safe When You Need to Pull Over

Posted by on Jan 24th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Keeping Yourself Safe When You Need to Pull Over

Nobody wants to think about the possibility of breaking down on the side of the road. Unfortunately, blown-out tires, overheating engines, and sudden electrical problems are just a few examples of car troubles that can leave you stranded. When your car stops working, you may be placed in a vulnerable position. This can be extremely dangerous. If you want to minimize your safety concerns, then read through the following tips to make sure that you are more than safe as you wait for the tow truck to arrive. Pull Over in a Safe Space While you probably cannot choose where you break down, you can try to move your car to a safe area on the side of the road before you turn off the engine. Keep in mind that you can drive several hundred yards on a flat tire as long as you reduce your speed to about 20 miles per hour. You can also go a short distance with an overheating engine as long as you turn on the heat in your car and slow down significantly. If your car stops working suddenly, then coasting with your car in neutral is a good choice. As you prepare to pull over, look for the safest space possible. Move your vehicle as far to the right as possible with your hazard lights on. Make sure the shoulder is not located on a curve or on the top or bottom of a hill. You also want to remain as far from stop signs, traffic lights, and other junctions as possible. Try to pull over at least one hundred feet from retail entrances, thruway on-ramps, and driveways if possible.  If you are on a busy four-lane highway and no shoulder is available for you to safely pull over, then you can use the center turning lane in an emergency situation. However, this should only be done if there is no other safe place to stop. If you do this, then you should contact your local police immediately. A police officer can secure the area as you wait for a tow truck so injuries and accidents are avoided. Make Yourself Obvious Once you find a good place to pull over, you should make your vehicle as obvious as possible. Keeping your hazard lights on is a good way to do this. These lights will work whether your car is on or off, and they will remain on even if your car runs out of gas. This means that you can turn your vehicle off and expect the hazards to stay on. Keep in mind that the lights do require power from the battery. If your battery dies, the lights will turn off as well. If the temperature is extremely cold or hot, then your car battery may not retain a charge like it normally would. You should expect your hazards to turn off at some point, so use a secondary warning system to make sure that other drivers can see you. If you prepare in advance for an emergency situation, then you can create a roadside kit for your vehicle. You should add magnetic roadside warning lights to your kit. These lights are small, round LED lights that run off a rechargeable lithium battery. The lights come in yellow and orange varieties to indicate an emergency...

read more

4 Things To Look For In A Towing Service

Posted by on Apr 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When a flat tire or broken down car has left you stranded, you need a professional, trusted towing company that can take care of the situation as quickly and safely as possible. If you’re close to home, it’s easy to ask for recommendations from friends or family, but what if you’re out of town or it’s the middle of the night and you don’t know where to turn? Knowing what to look for on the spot can help ease your worries that you and your car will be cared for the right way. Here are four things to look for in a towing company. Price How a tow truck service determines their rates will vary. Many of them charge by the mile while others charge a flat rate, provided you’re not exceeding a certain distance. A majority, however, will charge some combination of both. This includes a hook-up fee as well as a per-mile cost. The company should be willing to tell you what they charge when you call and re-confirm at the tow site. Be sure that any documents you sign have a price that matches the quote you’ve been given. So what can you expect to be charged? If you look at the national figures, you can expect to pay anywhere from $75-$125, with an average of $109. But if you live in a major city, it could be much higher.  Another thing to consider is where your vehicle is going. If you don’t have a mechanic or another safe place to have the car towed, you might need the towing provider to store your vehicle for you. Most reasonable companies will keep their fees to around $20-$30 per day. If you can, check the state and local ordinances where you are, as many of them have laws that determine the maximum amount a towing service can charge. Washington state and the city of Houston are two such locations that place those sorts of limitations. Even Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a heavily trafficked tourist location, has a maximum rate set at $175 with a max $25 a day storage fee.  Training You wouldn’t put you car in the hands of just anyone. That’s why ensuring the company you call on has professional drivers who are adequately trained to hook up your car and get it safely to its destination is paramount. There are institutions that provide coursework and certifications to tow truck drivers. The Towing and Recovery Association of America and the Professional Truck Driver Institute are two such organizations. Drivers have to take an exam in order to receive their certification.  While these certifications are not necessarily mandatory in every state, it does show a level of professionalism, and the training itself can help put your mind at ease. Even if these certifications are not held, the representative you speak with should have no qualms about discussing the qualifications of their drivers. Transportation It’s possible you’ll have a friend you can call on to come and pick you up. But what if you don’t? It’s important to find a towing company that is happy to give you a ride to a safe place with your car in tow. This might be to the mechanic’s, or it could be to a hotel if you’re out of town. Licensure...

read more

3 Tips For Towing A Camper Trailer Safely And Efficiently

Posted by on Mar 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you are towing a trailer or camper with your pickup truck, whether it be for leisure or work, you should do all you can to make each equipment hauling experience a good one. There are several tips you can use to help you achieve this during your trailer hauling trip. Here are three things you can do when you haul a trailer to increase your safety and hauling efficiency. Secure Loose Items Inside Your Trailer Even the most secure items you have tied down inside or outside your trailer can become loose during a bouncy ride. As the suspension on your trailer moves up and down, it can loosen bicycles, camping chairs, and any other extra items you may transport with your trailer.  It is a good idea to stop every hour of traveling to make sure these items are still secured. Otherwise, they can come loose and fall off onto the highway, or bounce around inside your trailer, causing damage. Alternatively, you may wish to secure and carry these items in the bed of your pickup truck if you have the space, so you can keep a better eye on them. Also, never allow passengers to ride inside your enclosed camper trailer during travel. They can easily become injured during a ride. And, as the driver, you won’t know about it during the drive. Install Spring Bars On Your Trailer Hitch Anytime you are hauling a camper or trailer with your pickup truck, make sure your trailer hitch comes with spring bars. Spring bars will help evenly distribute the weight of the trailer on the back of your truck. Without spring bars, the ball hitch can pull down on your truck and trailer hitch connection. This can cause the back of your trailer and the front of your truck to be pushed upward during the trip. An uneven hitch weight distribution can cause your trailer to sway while you are hauling it. It can also cause your truck’s lights to point upward from the downward pull of the trailer. The two spring bars on the hitch push down on the rear of the trailer tongue. This takes the normal center of weight off the trailer’s hitch and redistributes it to your truck’s axles and the axles on your trailer. Plus, with spring bars, you can tow a trailer that is more than 50% of your truck’s weight. Lighten Your Load When you are going to haul your camping trailer out on vacation, you will need to fill the freshwater tank. The freshwater will allow you to have running water in the trailer for the faucets and the toilet. But, instead of filling your tank with freshwater before you leave on your trip, fill it when you are nearing or are at your destination.  By filling your freshwater tank with gallons of water, it will add unnecessary weight to your camper and your haul weight. An average-sized 50-gallon freshwater tank can add over 400 pounds of weight to a trailer. Save some gas and look for a place near your destination to fill up your trailer tank there instead of at home. Many camping sites will have a drinking water hose available for their patrons to use for free. Then, at the end of your camping trip, find...

read more