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Send the Right Vehicle on Motor Club Calls

Mar 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

To make the most profit on motor club calls, use the right service vehicle. In his article “Making $$$ with Motor Clubs” in the Tow Times March issue, Dan Messina advises: “Use the vehicle that is the least expensive to run the call. If you […]

Prevent Secondary Crashes

Feb 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

One of the best strategies towing and recovery operators can take to prevent secondary crashes at accident scenes is to limit their time on scene, says Tow Times safety writer Patrick Gratzianna. This is not permission to cut corners, but rather a reminder to work […]

Use a Proper Ground When Installing Light Bars

Jan 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When installing light bars on a tow truck,here’s a tip from Tow Times Troubleshooting columnist Jon Wickham: “It’s not enough for the body of the light bar to be bolted down in order for the light bar to be properly grounded. The individual ground wires […]

Keeping it Clean

Nov 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Tow Times safety editor Patrick Gratzianna comes clean in the Tow Times November issue: you need to clean up your mess. In Gratzianna’s Safety Meeting column (“Clean Up Your Mess!”) he notes the importance of maintaining a clean shop, truck and tow scene. Lastly, he […]

Benefits of Grille Covers

Sep 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Editor’s Note: Tow Times maintenance editor A.P. McDonald provides tow truck winter-proofing tips, Alaskan-style, in the Tow Times October 2012 issue. Although you may not operate in minus-50-degree temperatures, these tips can be helpful to keep your fleet going strong this winter. Here’s an excerpt […]

Maintain Coolant Levels in Hot Weather Extremes

Aug 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

With extreme hot weather comes the need to make sure your tow truck’s coolant levels are constantly maintained. Coolant loss should be promptly investigated. Leaks that leave puddles or visible drip trails may be easy to locate and correct with a fix as simple as […]

Outline that Truck for Safety

Jul 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Among the ways researchers have found that first responders can improve the ability of motorists to see and recognize emergency vehicles includes using retro-reflective material to outline an emergency vehicle with “contour” or “edge” markings, especially on large vehicles. Get more tips about visibility and […]

Winching Basics

Jun 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Once your winch cable is connected to a disabled vehicle, moving your tow truck under load is discouraged due to lack of control and possible shock loads. Read many more winching tips from safety columnist Patrick Gratzianna in the June issue of Tow Times.

Watch That Curve

May 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Did you know that every curve in the road has a scientifically-determined “critical speed”? If you drive the curve faster than its critical speed, your truck will lose control and send you sliding into the ditch. In order to figure the critical speed you need […]

Considering Extended Oil Change Intervals?

Apr 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Features, Tow Tip

Current engine oils are not inexpensive, but perform extraordinarily well. Because of their higher performance, some towers consider increasing the intervals between oil changes, a possible money-saving change in maintenance procedures made even more appealing by the substantial reduction in crankcase acidity due to the […]