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Use Care Around Driveways When Recovering Vehicles

Feb 6th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

“When working around driveways, always check them carefully before moving your truck onto them or winching a vehicle across them. Flagstone pavers or cobbled driveways look nice but are somewhat fragile and it can become very expensive to repair cracks or damaged stones. By the […]

Avoid the Traffic Side on Roadside Tows

Oct 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

While avoiding the traffic side of the scene is the best, often there is no alternative to being there. Hooking up to a vehicle may sometimes require you to work close to the roadway to position L-bars or attach a loading bridle. Operating the controls […]

Buying a New Truck? Consider the Importance of the Dealership

Aug 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

While the truck manufacturer will obviously play an important role in how satisfied or dissatisfied you are going to be with your new or used truck, never lose sight of the importance that the dealership ultimately plays in your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with your new […]

You Can Pull it, But Can You Stop It?

Jul 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Some tow truck operators seem to fixate on the tow rating of the truck and forget that the braking ability of the truck is based on its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) not the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR). All truck manufacturers indicate that for […]

Approaching Electric Vehicles

Jun 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When towing/recovering an electric vehicle, always approach the vehicle from the sides to stay out of its potential travel path. It may be difficult to determine if the vehicle is running due to lack of engine noise. For more tips on towing and storing electric […]

What is Your Light-duty Truck’s Towing Capacity?

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When you pick up a vehicle with a tow truck, the weight of the load it is not sitting on the chassis with the front and rear axles sharing the load as the truck manufacturer intended. With a tow truck, the load is now out […]

Check Those Car Carrier Tie-Down Straps

Mar 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

If you use nylon straps as a tie-down on a car carrier, these straps will stretch — often 10-15 percent while in tow. Any tie-down with nylon straps should be checked after a few miles of travel for proper securement. For more vehicle tie-down tips […]

Use Retracted Booms to Your Advantage

Feb 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

A tow truck’s boom is strongest when it’s retracted, so always try to plan your recovery to use this to your advantage. Extend or raise the boom only as needed to accomplish the recovery. And the lower the boom, the more stable the truck will […]

Shopping for Insurance?

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When shopping for insurance for your towing company, if you’re currently insured and looking to change, check out the cancellation penalties before canceling your current policy. The funds you may save by going with a new policy could be forfeited to fees and penalties of […]

Heavy Blanket Can Reduce Risk of Wire Rope Injury

Dec 4th, 2013 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When winching a vehicle, if a heavy blanket (such as those used by moving companies) is folded over the center area of the wire rope during winching, there is much less risk of injury if the wire rope breaks. The blanket serves to absorb much […]