What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down3/30/2017
If you are in an accident or your car breaks down, safety should be your first concern. Getting out of the car at a busy intersection or on a highway to change a tire or check damage from a fender bender is probably one of the worst things you can do. The Insurance Information Institute recommends the following precautions when your car breaks down: 1. Never get out of the vehicle to make a repair or examine the damage on a busy highway. Get the vehicle to a safe place before getting out. If you've been involved in an accident, motion the other driver to pull up to a safe spot ahead. 2. If you can’t drive the vehicle, it may be safer to stay in the vehicle and wait for help or use a cell phone to summon help. Under most circumstances standing outside the vehicle in the flow of traffic is a bad idea. 3. Carry flares or triangles to use to mark your location once you get to the side of the road. Marking your vehicle’s location to give other drivers advance warning can be critical. Remember to put on your hazard lights! 4. In the case of a blowout or a flat tire, move the vehicle to a safer place before attempting a repair—even if it means destroying the wheel getting there. The cost of a tire, rim or wheel is minor compared to endangering your safety.Source: Insurance Info
80 Drivers Cited for 'Move Over'8/16/2016
Police in Framingham, Mass., recently conducted a traffic enforcement operation of the state's Move Over law.
To test compliance, police parked a vehicle from Smitty's Towing in Framingham on the side of Route 9. Ther also parked an unmarked police cruiser in fornt of it to simulate a "maintenance work zone."
"In a period of two hours, police issued citations to 80 drivers who failed to move over to the next adjacent lane, according to police. They also distributed educational flyers explaining the law.
A summary of the operation said, "The Framincham police wanted to raise awareness that this law not only applies to the emergency vehicles, but also to maintenance vehicles."Source: Towman.com
How to Change a Flat Tire?8/14/2016
We all get a flat tire once in our life time, ever wornder how to do it your self, check out this video.Source: Towing
Which type of Tow Truck do I Need?8/1/2016
When you get the need to contact an emergency towing service or if your vehicle has a dead battery and if you are not in a position to jumpstart it, or if you need to get a tire change done but don't have a spare wheel with you, a towing service would come to your rescue. There are two main types of tow truck that you should familiarize yourself with. A 'flatbed truck' and 'tow truck wrecker', mainly referred to as a 'Tow Truck' or 'Wheel-lift Truck.' If you don't have a clear understanding about the differences between these two types of trucks, you would feel confused about making the right request during an emergency.
The main difference that can be found in between the tow truck and flatbed truck is the level of service offered. Flatbed trucks can be considered as the safest method available out there to transport a vehicle, but the standard tow truck allows a greater service capability. Flatbed trucks do not require special adjustments to tow a vehicle, the vehicle that is being towed will not absorb any wear or tear since the tires would not touch the road. Therefore, flatbed trucks are ideal to tow vintage cars and luxury cars. Maximum protection will be offered to the car that is being towed and you don't need to worry about anything. The major drawback associated with flatbed trucks is their pricing. It would cost a considerable amount of money for you to tow the vehicle using a flatbed truck. Even though the price depends on the distance that you want the vehicle to be towed, you will have to make a higher payment when compared to the amount that you have to pay to get it towed by a standard tow trucks. If you own a luxury vehicle, it would be better to think of a flatbed truck regardless of the price.
The tow trucks can lift the front two wheels or rear two wheels of your vehicle off the road. There are many situations where only a standard tow truck may work. If you are in a parking garage, most wheel-lift truck can recover your vehicle depending on your clearance. Standard tow turck are small and can be manurved in to tighter spots. Many times if you are involved in an accident you will need to request a standard tow truck, since the tow operators cannot drive the vehicle up on to the flatbed. Tow trucks are in a position to handle more weight when compared to flatbed trucks. Some truck have added features in which all four tires can be lifted off the ground, this is call a 'dolly tow.' If you own larger vehicles such as SUVs will have to think about getting the help of a Wheel-lift.
Now you have a clear understanding about the difference between tow trucks and flatbed trucks. Each method has its own advantages as well as disadvantages. You can request for the best option out of these two based on your specific needs and requirements. You can also check with your insurance company if you have coverage for the correct truck required. In addition, you should look for a reputed towing company located in your area that works around the clock and are certified. Source: Payless Towing
Why is Towing So Expensive in San Francisco? 6/2/2015
As part of KQED’s Bay Curious program the following questions were answered. Why is towing in San Francisco so expensive? KQED investigated by visiting the lot located on Seventh Street where most vehicles towed by police or SFMTA wind up. Most bills are a two part: a $220.75 towing fee and a $263 admin fee, and if your car is held more than four hours an additional storage fee of $57.25 is added. Towing fee goes to the companies contracted by AutoReturn. The biggest cost of this is the AutoRetun staff salaries and rent. Driver is SF are charged more than other smaller cities in California but pay similar prices to other Bay Area Cities. The other big chunk of this bill is the $263 administrative fee imposed by San Francisco. That money is used to pay the salaries of 382 parking control officers, said Paul Rose, a spokesman for the SFMTA. Parking is the city is hard and will become more difficult as more that 1,500 spaces are place to be removed to make the city friendlier to bicyclists , pedestrians and transit. Read more from the source. Source
More blog post coming soon! 0/0/2016
Thanks for checking us out we will have more topics for you soon, if there any requests please submit for us and we can post an informative article for you. Future post will include information about the automotive industry as a whole and how the vehicle affect our daly life.Source