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Pool Noodles for Damage-Free Towing

Aug 19th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Damage Free Towing Tip: Split a pool noodle down the middle and slip it over the wire rope to cushion against friction with the vehicle. “This is a $2 trick,” explains David Bouvia, senior lead instructor at WreckMaster Inc. See more tips in the feature […]

Troubleshooting Push Bumpers

May 6th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Push bumpers made specifically for tow trucks are made strongly of thick metal, are much sturdier than other types of bumpers, and almost never develop a problem. Where problems do occur, they tend to be in the joint where the installer mounted the push bumper […]

When Backing a Tow Truck with a Vehicle in Tow

Mar 16th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Make small corrections while backing. If you begin to drift off course, correct by turning the steering wheel in the direction of the drift. If this doesn’t work, stop, pull forward and get lined up again or you can easily force the vehicle into a […]

Battery Charging

Feb 5th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Older, heavy-duty, roll-around battery chargers are only suitable for use with flooded lead-acid batteries, never on valve-regulated, lead-acid batteries. If you do not have one of the newer “smart” chargers, consider purchasing one. Many of these chargers can sense the type of battery as well […]

Damage to Your Tow Truck and Filing an Insurance Claim?

Jan 11th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

“To be prepared to handle an insurance claim involving damage to your commercial truck, first consult your policy. Read it and ask your agent about anything you don’t understand. Have the agent put his or her answers in writing. By knowing what to expect you’re […]

Driving in Fog

Dec 15th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

The visibility in front of you will sharply decrease in a fog so use the vehicle’s low-beam lights (if the vehicle does not have fog lights or driving lights). Heavy fog conditions prohibit use of high beam headlights because the light from high beams will […]

Towing a Vehicle Hauling a Trailer

Nov 20th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When attempting to tow a disabled vehicle already connected to a trailer, less is more. In other words, if you can separate the two and leave the trailer in a secured place or tow it separately, the better off you may be. If you have […]

Avoiding a Jackknife

Sep 4th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

How do you avoid jackknifing your truck? Keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road (especially in wet or slippery conditions.) Avoid decelerating at turns or bends. You should attempt to brake in a straight line prior to the turn. Speed can be […]

Use the Right Wire Rope

Aug 17th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

If you decide to use a different cable (wire rope) on your winch than that which came with it, you may overwork the cable or winch and cause damage. For example, if it came with 3/8-inch wire rope, do not change to one half-inch rope […]

Getting Stuck and Unstuck

Jun 5th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Whether it’s snow, ice, mud, sand or anything slippery, getting your truck stuck is no fun — and even worse when you’re driving a tow truck. First and foremost, the number one rule when pulling someone out of the mud is don’t get stuck yourself. […]