Towing Tales: Safely and Quickly Getting a Car Towed

Why You Should Always Have A Roadside Assistance Membership

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Always Have A Roadside Assistance Membership

It is important to make sure that you always have a roadside assistance membership. To help you understand why, you will want to take a few moments to review the following reasons.

Sudden Loss Of Gasoline

Running out of gasoline can happen to just about anyone, especially if you thought you had more gas than you actually did. For example, your gasoline gauge can suddenly stop working properly and you may not realize it until you run out of gas. Then again, you may simply find yourself distracted and accidentally forget to check how much gas you have in the tank before taking a long trip. Either way, if you run out of gasoline, all you have to do is call your roadside assistance company and they will promptly send someone to you who will put enough gasoline in your vehicle so that you can make it to the nearest gas station for a fill up.

Keys Are Locked Inside Of Vehicle

Locking your keys in your vehicle can be a problem in a variety of ways. Not only is your vehicle at risk for theft if a criminal were to notice the keys and break a window to gain access, but you could be stuck outside in terrible weather while you wait to find a friend or family member to pick you up. You could call a nearby locksmith to come unlock your vehicle for you, but that can be get expensive depending on where you are located. The best option is to use your roadside assistance membership. Call and explain what happened and they will quickly send one of their contractors or locksmiths out to you so you will be back in your vehicle in no time at all.

You Are Uncomfortable Changing A Flat Tire

Maybe you do not know how to change a flat tire. Maybe you do know how but you are simply not confident in your skill level to be able to quickly and safely do it on the side of a busy road. Either way, a quick call to your roadside assistance company will have you back on the road in no time at all. They will send someone to you who will change your flat with the spare tire that you have in your truck or bolted to the back or underside of your vehicle.

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4 Tips For Dealing With Emergency Towing Services When Your Family Is In The Car

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For Dealing With Emergency Towing Services When Your Family Is In The Car

Dealing with a broken down vehicle can be stressful any time. However, if your family is in the vehicle with you when it breaks down, then it can become an even more stressful situation. Below are a few tips for dealing with emergency towing services if your vehicle has broken down while your family is riding with you.

Keep All Passengers In the Car Unless It Is Safe to Exit 

If you have small children, it can be difficult to keep them in a vehicle while you wait for emergency services to arrive. Children can get antsy while sitting or one of your family members may need to urinate. However, it is usually safest to keep everyone in the vehicle.

In the summer, it can quickly get hot in the vehicle, so make sure the windows are down and you encourage your children to stay hydrated by drinking water. If it is safe to exit the vehicle, or if you need to for an emergency, make sure that everyone exits from the passenger side and keep your children well away from the side of the road. 

Let the Operator You Talk to Know How Many People Are In Your Vehicle 

When you call for a tow truck (such as one from Superior Towing), make sure to let the operator you talk with know how many people are in your vehicle. Many towing companies have rules against allowing passengers to remain in vehicles while they are being towed. For that reason, the company may send a tow truck with an extended cab or may send a separate taxi to pick your family up. 

Make Sure You Get All Necessary Items Out of Your Vehicle Before It Is Towed 

If your family will be riding in a separate taxi, you should be sure to get all important items out of your vehicle. This might include items such as your house keys and wallet. However, you should also consider items that may be important to your children, such as bottles, stuffed animals, or toys they have in the vehicle. 

Make Sure to Reassure Any Children or Upset Family Members 

While you may be stressed and upset, it is important that you try to remain as calm as possible. Avoid swearing, yelling, or crying, if possible. Remaining calm will help your children to remain calm. Additionally, you should take a few minutes to reassure your children that everything will be okay and that they are safe.   

One More Thing Before You Tow…

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on One More Thing Before You Tow…

Before you head anywhere with your trailer in tow, you need to make sure you have the right ball mount. The ball mounts are the rounded attachments that are added to the back of the vehicle. The ball mount secures the trailer to the vehicle so it’s pretty important to get the right one in order to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road. Here are some crucial measurements you’ll need to take in order to purchase the correct ball mount for your vehicle. 

1. You’ll first need to measure your vehicle. Most trucks or SUVs come with hitch receiver tubes. Ball mounts are inserted into these receiver tubes. Hitch receiver tubes have a square opening on the back of your vehicle. You’ll need to measure the height from the top of this tube to the ground and write it down. 

2. You’ll then need to make sure that your trailer is level and measure the height from the bottom of the coupler (the attachment at the front that lowers onto the ball mount) to the ground. You’ll then need to subtract the height of the coupler from the receiver. This will let you know how much “drop” is needed for the ball mount.

3. If the coupler is higher than the receiver, you’ll need your ball mount to “rise” which will impact the type of ball mount you buy. Makes sure that you write all of this down and take it with you when going to buy your ball mount. 

4. You’ll need to estimate how heavy the loads you are towing will be. The gross towing weight or GTW will also impact which type of ball mount you’ll need to purchase in order to tow your trailer safely on the roads.

5. An additional measurement you will need to know is the weight of the trailer “tongue” or the part of the trailer that sticks out and attaches to the ball mount. You need to know the weight in order to estimate how heavy a load your trailer tongue/ball mount combination can handle. You can find these measurements by talking with the trailer manufacturer or looking up your trailer online. 

You can buy a ball mount online or at any auto store. If this is your first time purchasing a ball mount for something like tractor trailer towing, you will probably want to let a store employee take a look at your measurements and have them help you find the right one.  

Tips For Waiting On Emergency Tow Truck Service In The Summer Heat

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Waiting On Emergency Tow Truck Service In The Summer Heat

If you find yourself in an emergency automobile situation in the middle of summer, you might have more issues than just a broken down car. Waiting for tow truck service in the middle of summer can bring on other possible emergency situations that you should consider. Here are three tips for keeping cool while waiting for a tow truck driver in the summer heat.

1. Call for Service Right Away

If you find yourself having car troubles in the summer heat, don’t spend too much time troubleshooting before calling a tow truck driver, such as from Niemans Service Inc. Heat can cause exhaustion and heatstroke rapidly. If you are in a remote location, extra minutes waiting for your tow truck driver might make your situation even more dire. Even if you resolve your issue and have to cancel your tow, at least you’ll have your bases covered in the summer heat.

3. Find a Safe Place to Wait

While it might be really hot out, it isn’t worth it to run down your battery with your AC if you can help it. This might just compound your problems and can make it harder for tow truck drivers to initially assess your issues if the battery has run down as well. Since you won’t be waiting in your car, seek out another place to wait as quickly as possible. This might be as simple as a shaded spot under trees or an overpass, or seeking out a gas station or restaurant where you can wait. If you don’t end up right near your car, be sure to let your tow truck driver know where to find you.

4. Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Trunk

If you don’t already have an emergency kit in the trunk of your car, it is a good idea to stock this up in case of future emergencies. Water is essential, especially in the summer heat. If you do find yourself somewhere with little shelter and not many options to cool down, the last thing you want to do is put yourself in danger of dehydration or heatstroke. Having enough water for yourself and your passengers is just as important as flares, a blanket, or car-related tools.

Having car troubles in the middle of summer can be annoying, but this shouldn’t be dangerous. If you can take some precautions ahead of time and be smart in an emergency situation, your wait time for a tow truck driver won’t compound your problems. While your tow truck service will try to come to your aid as fast as they can, be smart in the summer heat. Do what you can to make your wait safe, efficient, and out of the heat.

Towing The Line On Etiquette: Who Should Pay The Towing Fees

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Towing The Line On Etiquette: Who Should Pay The Towing Fees

Parking in someone else’s apartment complex can come with its own nuances. If your apartment has strict rules about where visitors can park, you will need to be careful about where you and your guests park. If your apartment often tows cars that are in the wrong spot, any slip up can mean you can wake up and find your guest car towed. If your guest’s car does get towed away while parked in your complex, you may be wondering who should pay for it. Here are some scenarios and how payment should happen for car towing. 

Guests car was towed due to your error: You pay

Often, you may have to direct your guest to a specific guest parking sport or allow them to park in one of your own spots. If the guest parks where you instruct, yet their car is still towed, you should offer to cover the expense. Depending on the agreement that you apartment complex has with a towing company cars that are not properly registered and not parked in the appropriate spaces may be removed at the owners expense. If it happens that you made a mistake, you should offer to pay the towing fees. 

Guest parked in the wrong space: Split the fees

Some parking situations are very intricate. Sometimes there are time limits for guest parking. Other times, towing may happen because a parking situation has changed. If your guest’s car is towed due to a mix up that they made, it is likely that it was not intentional. Given that they came to visit you, you and your guest should split the amount of the auto towing fees. Going half and half may make both parties feel less upset about the mistake. 

Apartment made a mistake: You pay and ask for reimbursement

There are times with towing companies make mistakes. Sometimes they may not properly check for the vehicle registration or for parking passes. If this happens and a guest car is towed, you should pay for the fee. Be sure to explain the mistake that the towing company made and ask them for a receipt for any fees, plus the reason why they towed. After you have paid the fee, present this to your apartment complex and ask to be reimbursed for the fees that were incurred due to an incorrect towing. At times this can be given to you as a check, or it may be credited towards your rent in the apartments bookkeeping.   

Tips For Ensuring Your Personal Safety When Calling For Your First Tow

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Ensuring Your Personal Safety When Calling For Your First Tow

When your car breaks down and you find yourself waiting on the side of the road for the tow truck to arrive, it’s important to be safe. If this is the first time you’ve ever called for a tow, you may not really know what to expect. Here are a few tips to help you ensure your safety and that of your car while you’re waiting for the tow to arrive.

Know Where You Are

As a driver, it is important that you know where you are on the road at all times. Watch for mile markers, landmarks or other identifying factors while you’re driving. You can use those landmarks as a way of helping the tow company find you if you do break down. Don’t wait until the breakdown to figure out where you are, because you may find yourself without any kind of identifying feature around you. The more attentive you are when you drive, the easier this part will be for you.

Find A Safe Location

If you’ve broken down on the side of the road, your first consideration needs to be safety. Make sure that your car is as far out of the path of traffic as possible. Push the car to the shoulder or into a parking lot if you can. As long as your car is out of the way of hazards and isn’t leaking fuel or anything of the sort, you should stay with it. Wait inside the car if necessary. For cars that are leaking or in the way of traffic, move yourself to somewhere secure where you’re still in view of the car.

Make Sure You Can Be Seen

You need to be sure that your car is as visible as possible on the road. Not only is this important to help the tow driver find you, it also reduces the risk that other drivers will collide with your car. Put up emergency triangles on either side of your car and turn on the four-way flashing lights. That way, your car is easier to see. If it’s dusk or not yet sunrise, light a couple of flares around the perimeter of the car, too. These are things you should always keep in an emergency kit in your trunk.

While some of these things may be covered in basic driver’s education classes, it’s easy to dismiss the information as unnecessary at the time. Breakdowns can happen at any time. Understanding these tips is important to ensuring that you are safe while you’re waiting for the towing service to arrive.

Stranded In A Hot Car? Here’s What You Need To Know To Stay Safe

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Stranded In A Hot Car? Here’s What You Need To Know To Stay Safe

You may fully rely on your car to get you from point A to point B without problems, but there is always that little chance that you could end up as a stranded driver, waiting on a tow truck to help you out. If you happen to find yourself stranded on the side of the road in the middle of summer, your concerns can be even bigger than just staying visible. Temperatures inside a parked car under the sun in the summer can soar to unbearable degrees. To make sure you stay safe if you are ever stranded in a hot car, there are a few things you need to do in order to stay safe. 

Keep your windows down. 

If you sit with your windows up and all if that heat from the sun beaming in, you are basically creating an enclosed oven. If you stay in your car, make sure you open the windows or even prop open the doors to prevent the excessive amount of heat from continuing to accumulate. Although having your windows down may make you feel vulnerable, it is much less likely for you to be bothered by a passerby than it is for you to suffer heat exhaustion in a hot vehicle. 

Cover your windshields and back window if you can. 

An old blanket, a tarp, a jacket, or whatever you have available can be used to shield some of the summer sun that is making its way into your car if you are stranded in the summer. Drape something over the front and rear windows to provide a little shade. In the summer, it is a good idea to keep a reflective emergency blanket in your trunk or glovebox, which can be spread across the windows in the event you do get stranded. 

It may be better to leave your car than stay inside. 

In some areas, summer weather can come along with heat indexes well into the triple digits. Even though it is usually recommended that stranded motorists stay in their vehicle, in the summer if you break down, it may be more feasible for you to wait outside of your vehicle. With no air conditioner and no protection, the interior of your car can just be too hot to bear safely until help arrives. Just stay to the right side of your car, well away from the traffic and only enter or exit the vehicle from the passenger side as well. 

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New Driver Tips For Dealing With Breakdown Risks

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Driver Tips For Dealing With Breakdown Risks

As a new teen driver, you’re faced with a lot of firsts. In addition to your first car and that first outing on your own, it’s important to be prepared for the eventuality of that first breakdown. It’s easy to dismiss the risk of breakdown if your car seems to be running fine or is brand new. What many new drivers fail to recognize is that mechanical failures and accidents can happen at any time, so you should always be prepared. Here are a few tips to help you be better able to communicate with the tow company simply by being attentive to the situation.

Watch For Landmarks

When you’re enjoying your new independence, it’s easy to get lost in the sense of freedom and not necessarily be attentive to where you are. Since there’s no predictability to the risk of breakdowns, it’s important that you pay attention to your surroundings as you drive. Watch for any potential landmarks or mile markers so that you have something to tell the tow truck company to help them locate where you are. This will help reduce the time you spend sitting on the side of the road waiting while the driver tries to find you.

Know The Signs Of Trouble

Many new drivers are unfamiliar with some of the common warning signs of impending car issues. By familiarizing yourself with some of the things you should be watching for, you might be able to recognize a problem before it turns into a disaster. In addition, spotting warning signs may help you determine if you actually need a tow or if you can just drive to your nearest service shop.

For example, if your temperature gauge is climbing but not yet in the red zone, pull off into your nearest service center before the car actually overheats. That way, you can isolate the source of the problem before it leaves you stranded. Overheating can be caused by many things, including a seized water pump, coolant leak or even insufficient oil.

If your electrical system seems to be cutting in and out, it’s important that you find somewhere safe to stop. If you cannot pull into a service center, you’ll want to call a tow truck. Don’t try to drive a car that’s struggling with electrical interruptions. Check the battery connections, the alternator and the wiring harness to see if there are any visible issues, otherwise have it towed to ensure your safety.

You should also familiarize yourself with the way that a car reacts when the brakes are worn or the lines are damaged. Losing pressure in the brake system can be a serious problem, so you need to know how to recognize those symptoms. In addition, knowing what the car feels like when it runs out of gas may help you recognize a faulty gas gauge and pull the car over before you cause an accident.

As a new driver, it’s common to feel like you’re somewhat invincible. Before you find yourself in a dangerous position where you aren’t sure what’s wrong or where you are, use these tips to help you be better prepared. Talk with a towing company like A-1 American Towing Inc for more guidance.

3 Things To Keep In Mind To Avoid A Tow On Wet Days

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things To Keep In Mind To Avoid A Tow On Wet Days

Rainy and wet weather days are busy ones for a towing service. To keep yourself safe and avoid the need for a tow, you should keep the following in mind when driving in inclement weather:

Slow Down

The first thing you need to do when the weather becomes ominous is to slow down and keep your car’s movement steady. Driving slower will make it easier on your tires, providing them a wider tread with better traction. However, do not brake quickly in the rain in order to slow down. Coast your vehicle by taking your foot off the accelerator instead.

Keep A Safe Distance

Another thing you can do to avoid running your car off the road in bad weather is to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and those in front of you. If you have to suddenly stop, you run the risk of hitting someone in front of you because it takes longer to stop on a wet road as opposed to a dry road. You should also watch for brake lights in front of you, even if the cars are several car-lengths in front of you. Above all, be proactive and attentive when the weather turns bad.

Check Your Tires

Another way to avoid an accident in bad weather that can result in a tow is keeping an eye on your tires. Bald tires will only worsen an already poor driving scenario, so check your tires regularly for tread wear. You should also check the air pressure in the tires as well as have them rotated during your regular car maintenance so that they will wear evenly.

Know What To Do If You Begin To Skid

Even if you have done everything right with regards to your car maintenance and your driving habits, there is always a chance that your car can skid off the road in bad weather. Your inclination may be to slam on your brakes; however, this is something you should never do. Instead, apply the brakes in a firm but calm manner. Steer into the direction of the skid, not away as this can cause the car to continue skidding. Finally, remain as calm as possible and maintain as much control as you can. Once your car has stopped, get out of the vehicle and to a safe place if your car is no longer driveable.

Getting into an accident in bad weather is never a pleasant experience, so make every effort to remain vigilant when driving in this type of weather. In order to be prepared, be sure to have a local auto towing service’s phone number in your owner’s manual or programmed into your phone so you can quickly call for assistance.

Waiting For Towing Service? Stay Safe On The Shoulder

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Waiting For Towing Service? Stay Safe On The Shoulder

Being stuck on the side of the road with a busted car is a nightmare. But being stuck on the highway in the middle of the night is even worse. It’s far too late to call a mechanic or even ask a friend for help. An intrepid–or desperate–motorist may be tempted to try a quick repair on the side of the road rather than call commercial towing services. However, late night repairs such as this can prove fatal. People outside of their cars account for 12% of deaths on interstate highways. In most cases, it’s much safer to simply call a tow truck. Consider the following when safely waiting for your towing services to arrive.

First, gauge your situation. Hopefully, you were able to pull off on an exit and into a low-traffic area. In this case, it might be safe to  both stay in your car or wait on the side of your car to wait for the tow truck to arrive. If you ended up on the shoulder, engage your hazard lights and collect your phone, your wallet or purse, and any other belongings that you need. If it’s cold outside, make sure you grab your coat–it doesn’t make sense to stay safe outside of a car if you’re going to die of hypothermia. If you have kids or pets in the car, don’t open the doors that face the road. Give your children instructions to stay in the grass away from the car while you wait.

Next, make yourself visible. Your car is lit up with hazard lights, but you are not. Turn on your phone’s flashlight feature, if you have one. Don’t shine it toward the oncoming cars; rather, keep it pointed slightly down to illuminate the area in front of you so cars can see where you are.

While you wait for the tow truck, stay vigilant. It might be tempting to play with your phone while you pass the time. However, you want to make sure that you are keeping an eye on the road to look for any vehicles coming your way. At this time, a police officer might see your hazard lights and pull over to offer assistance. If you feel uncomfortable on the side of the road, you may be able to ask the officer for a ride to the nearest exit. Call your towing company to let them know where to meet you.

For more information and tips to prepare for a situation like this, contact a towing company, such as All Star Towing.