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Farmers: Save Diesel Fuel This Growing Spring By Using A Truck To Tow Your Tractor

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Farmers: Save Diesel Fuel This Growing Spring By Using A Truck To Tow Your Tractor

Diesel tractors are designed to provide lots of power so they can plow fields, harvest crops and transport heavy loads. All of their power comes at a price, though. They fuel economies are extremely low. Diesel tractors average between 6.5 and 7 mpg. Driving one just a little ways will quickly burn through fuel. If you operate a farm, reduce how much diesel fuel you need to buy by towing your inefficient tractor to your farm’s fields this spring with a truck that’s more fuel efficient. Here’s what you need to check so you can do this safely. Look Up the Towing Capacity of Your Truck and Weight of Your Tractor You’ll need to make sure your truck is built to tow loads that are as heavy as your tractor. Tractors can weigh a lot, and some vehicles can’t safely tow them. For example, a P-Series tractor from LS Tractor USA weighs anywhere from 6,675 to 7,143 lbs. Some crossovers, SUVs and even trucks built in 2015 can only tow 1,000 lbs. safely. Many truck models have higher — sometimes much higher — towing capacities, but not all do. You’ll need to check if yours does. Find out whether your truck can safely tow your tractor, check the maximum towing capacity of your truck and weight of your tractor. Both can be found in the respective owner’s manuals. As long as your tractor weighs less than your truck’s’ maximum towing limit, you’ll be able to tow your tractor. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to trade your truck in for a different vehicle before you begin towing your tractor. Look Up the Size of Your Truck’s Hitch You’ll also need to check the size of your truck’s hitch. There are three different sizes: Class III, which measures 2 in. Class II, which measures 1 ¾ in. Class I, which measures 1 ¼ in. (These measurements are the diameters of the hitches.) The hitch on the trailer that you’ll put your tractor needs to be the same size as your truck’s. If the hitch on your truck is smaller than the trailer’s, the trailer could pop off of the hitch. If the hitch on the truck is larger than the trailer’s, you won’t be able to get the trailer’s onto the truck’s. You can find out what size your truck’s and trailer’s hitches are by either looking for a mark that states what their sizes are or measuring their diameters yourself.  Once you’ve confirmed that your truck can safely tow your tractor and that the hitches are the same size, you’re ready to ferry your tractor to and from fields with your more efficient truck. The fuel savings on a single trip to a field might seem small, but they’ll add up throughout this coming growing season. For further assistance, contact a local professional, such as those from A-1 American Towing...

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Three Things To Have In Place When Offering Manufactured Home Towing Services

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things To Have In Place When Offering Manufactured Home Towing Services

More and more businesses are opening that are building homes on a site, then transferring them to their client’s lot. Likewise, more homeowners are interested in the ease and customization that comes with having a prefabricated home. There is space in the middle for someone to deliver these homes. If you own or operate a towing service, your profits can increase significantly if you aid in moving mobile homes or prefabricated houses to their lots. Here are three things that you need to understand and have in place before moving towing homes.  Have flatbeds and tractor trailers ready For some buildings and some building materials especially, you may be able to transport the materials via tractor trailer towing. For larger home sections, you will need to tow the home pieces on a flatbed truck. You want to have both truck types available and have them as large as possible. The towing capabilities will need to be as high as you can get them as the parts of a home are likely to weigh several tons.  Learn the roads of the towns If you will be offering home towing services to prefabrication services in a number of towns, you should get to know the highways and the back roads. Depending on how wide the home is and where the site is located, you may opt to utilize back roads or the major roadways. Determine if the back roads are filled with potholes and other pitfalls that can make it difficult to successfully carry a home to a site. If you will be using the main roads, you will need to make sure that your drivers know the proper speed limits for the particular car and are able to set up a truck for wide loads. Avoiding high traffic times in town can also make it faster to carry the modular home successfully.  Create a safety plan Carrying a home can be different than carrying items that are stacked inside of a tractor trailer. Make sure that you and any other drivers practice carrying heavy and wide loads on the road prior to carrying actual homes. Increasing your commercial insurance policy and liability coverage is also a good idea since you will be dealing with homes, which are some of the biggest ticket items possible. Last, attend trucking classes that concentrate on heavy hauling and wide loads. Specialty classes can teach you proper turning, backing up, and wide load dropping techniques that make it easier to safely transport a home.  To find answers to other questions on this topic, consult companies like B&B Towing and...

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4 Items To Keep In Your Winter Emergency Vehicle Kit As A Parent

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Items To Keep In Your Winter Emergency Vehicle Kit As A Parent

It is always wise to have a winter emergency kit on hand in your vehicle just in case you find yourself stranded in the cold, waiting on a 24-hour roadside service to arrive. While the general necessities, such as a flashlight, water, and a radio will be ideal for you as an adult, if you are frequently traveling with small children, it is best to give the emergency kit a little more thought. There are some items that you will surely need if you are stranded with kids in the winter, so here are a few you should make sure to include in your vehicle’s emergency kit.  1. Extra Blankets – Little ones can be more vulnerable to cold temperatures than you. Therefore, make sure you have a few extra blankets on hand to help them stay warm in the event you get stranded in the cold without heat. It is a good idea to carry at least one small blanket for every passenger you normally have in the car. So if you are often traveling with your two children, keep three blankets in the winter emergency kit.  2. Snacks – If you are stranded for a few hours because of icy roadway conditions, chances are, you will be just fine without food. However, kids are much less capable of feeling hungry and not letting it get to them. Pack a few snacks in your winter emergency kit, such as crackers, peanut butter, or your child’s favorite treats.  3. Hand Warmers – Make sure those delicate little fingers and toes don’t get too frigid while you wait for help in a stranded car in the winter by keeping hand and foot warmers in your emergency kit. In a pinch, these nifty things can be activated and stuffed in pockets, shoes, and even tucked under the lining of an infant car seat to provide a small amount of heat.  4. Inexpensive New Toys – Waiting in a car with children in the cold can be an all-out nightmare for any parent. Not only will you be faced with keeping everyone safe, but also occupied until help gets to you to avoid meltdowns in the confined space. Pick up a few inexpensive toys and tuck them away in the winter emergency kit you keep in your car. When things get hairy, pull out the inexpensive, never-before-seen playthings to keep your little ones content for a little longer. Visit http://www.bigdtowing.com/ for more information.  ...

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Have A Safe Trip: 5 Warning Signs When Driving

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have A Safe Trip: 5 Warning Signs When Driving

Towing services exist to help you when you are in need. If your car breaks down, if you run out of gas, or if anything else happens that requires help getting your car to the right location, auto towing services are your best bet. However, the goal is to not need towing in the first place. Here are 5 signs to watch out for when driving your car. If you notice them, get a professional repair team involved right away: 1. Strange “Knocking” Noise If you are driving along and you hear a noise that sounds like clicking, then should be a cause for concern. A clicking sound might be harmless, but it could possibly represent the failing of your engine. It could also be your transmission grasping for gears and knocking into them, causing excess friction. This could be a sign of low fluids. Either way, to avoid breaking down and needing a tow, get your repair professional on a call as soon as possible. 2. Smell of “Burning” Occasionally, you might drive by an area where something is burning. However, if the smell persists, then it could be coming from you car. If you suspect any burning smells, it could mean a number of things, such as worn down tires, broken engine, or leaking transmission. 3. Less Control Over Steering When driving any modern car, it should feel relatively easy to turn the steering wheel. If you notice that it is becoming increasingly difficult to steer your vehicle, then it could mean that your power steering fluid is low. If your fluid runs out, you could lack the steering power needed to avoid potential collisions. 4. Feel “Bumping” Up and Down Your car may have shocks, which prevents your car from bouncing up and down rapidly while making turns or going over bumps and hills. However, without the shocks, your car will have trouble absorbing impact. This means it is more susceptible to being damaged when you drive in rough areas. 5. Slow Braking One of the most important aspects of your car is the brake system. If your brakes are reacting slowly, you could be low on brake fluid, causing a dangerous situation. Safety should be your #1 priority when driving. If you notice any of these signs when on the road, then get a professional involved. However, a towing company like Michael’s Towing & Recovery Service is there to help you when all else...

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Towing Services 101: A Guide For First-Time Customers

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Towing Services 101: A Guide For First-Time Customers

As a driver, you put a lot of faith in your vehicle every time you climb behind the wheel and set off on a journey, whether it is long or short. However, the bottom line is, a car is merely a machine, and as such, they have their occasional blips and breakdowns. If you are a driver, it is likely that at some point you will have to count on a towing service to come to your rescue when your car fails you. If you have never dealt with a towing service before, here are some answers to a few questions that you might have concerning the process.  How much will it cost to have your car towed? In general, you should expect to pay somewhere between $75 and $125 when you have to have your car towed from the roadway. However, this cost can go up in special circumstances, such as if you have to have the car towed for a long distance or you are far away from the towing service. Keep in mind that part of your tow bill may be refunded by your insurance company if you have roadside assistance coverage.  Will the tow truck driver be able to accept something other than cash as payment? Towing companies are typically able to accept various forms of payment right from the tow truck. Many tow trucks now have debit or credit card readers available for customers who don’t have cash on hand. Plus, many companies will offer to just bill you when the service is complete, so you may not even have to pay up front at all. It is always a good idea to ask the dispatcher when you call in for help what forms of payment will be expected and if the payment will be expected up front.  Is towing hard on your vehicle in any way? As long as you are dealing with a trusted towing company, damage to your vehicle during the towing process should be of no concern. It is a common misconception that towing a car is hard on its transmission, but this is actually not the truth as long as the person who is doing the towing knows how to appropriately do their job. The only time towing is hard on a transmission is if the vehicle is not left in neutral for the haul.  If you have any specific questions, contact a towing service in your...

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Keep Towing Services Cheap And Easy With These Tips

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep Towing Services Cheap And Easy With These Tips

If your car breaks down while you are driving, the last thing you will want to do is pay too much for towing and delay your schedule more than necessary. Getting back on the road fast and stress-free is the main goal, which is why hiring the right towing company is critical. Before you potentially experience issues that force you to pull off to the side of the road be sure that you know who to call and hire for your service. A great few things to consider when hiring a tow company are the following: Be Sure They Offer 24/7 Services: If your car happens to break day during a late night ride and you have to call a tow company, you could potentially be spending more than you think if you hire a company that doesn’t offer 24/7 service. Some companies will charge a hefty premium for services that are done after their normal business hours. By hiring a company that offers 24/7 service, you are likely to spend less on services, just be sure that you ask what the rates are before requesting their services.  Hire A Company That Offers A Variety of Services: When dealing with car problems, you want to be sure that you are back on the road as soon as possible. Well, if you are dealing with a flat, dead battery or have run out of fuel then why should you be forced to have your car towed when this can be fixed with a few minor services? Instead of hiring a company that only offers towing services be sure to seek a company that can provide you with other services as well, such as: Fuel delivery. Car tire installations and repairs. Electrical jump starts. These services will allow you to quickly get back on the road, so you can avoid delaying your day anymore. See if They Have a Contract With Your Insurance Company: Chances are, you could be paying a monthly fee for roadside assistance in your insurance policy. If you are, you are likely entitled to use towing services offered through your insurance company and this will allow you to receive tow services at very little to no cost. So, before you pick up the phone and call any random towing company, be sure that you contact your insurance company first so they can provide you with a list of towing companies they offer discounts and potentially free services with. Taking advantage of tips like these will make your overall experience less time-consuming and less stressful. So, before you deal with potential car problems be sure to know in advance who you’re going to call for services so you can avoid overpaying or receiving limited services. To learn more, contact a towing company like Express Tow &...

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Need A Tow? Three Reasons Why Most Modern Cars Need A Car Carrier

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need A Tow? Three Reasons Why Most Modern Cars Need A Car Carrier

Pick up a 1955 Chevy with a sling-back tow truck and you’re more apt to tweak the truck’s frame than the steel bumper on that Chevy. Back then, cars were made of steel, and not much else except for the tires and the upholstery. Modern cars are made of a combination of steel, fiberglass and plastic. The light weight is great for gas mileage, but the more fragile components don’t fare as well when towed. Below are the differences between a sling tow truck and a car carrier and three reasons to choose the latter if your modern ride needs a “lift.” Sling Tow Truck vs. Car Carrier Sling tow trucks have been around for decades. The basic towing mechanism consists of a boom, the piece of metal that bears the weight of the car, and the sling. The sling is made of one or two lengths of heavy rubber, framed on the top and bottom. It attaches to the boom by one or more “J” hooks, which look like oversized fishing hooks. Two more “J” hooks on heavy duty chains are attached to the car’s frame and help hold the sling in place.  Cables attached to the boom move the sling up and down as needed. Braces can be placed between the sling and the bumper, but on modern cars that doesn’t always work. Car carriers look like regular flatbed trucks, but the bed part moves back and then tilts up. The car may be pushed or driven onto the back and then “J” hooks are attached to the frame to keep it in place. The bed is moved back to the level position and the car is towed flat. There is nothing pressing against the bumpers. Three Reasons to Go With a Car Carrier Fiberglass or Plastic Bumpers The bumpers on that old Chevy were designed to stand up to anything it ran into. The bumpers on a modern car are designed to absorb energy when hit. New bumpers on most passenger cars are made of plastic or fiberglass, often with high-density foam inside to absorb shock. Some bumpers are almost flush with the front of the car, especially on sporty models designed for speed. Pick a modern car up with a sling tow truck and you’re likely to tweak the entire bumper. Low Clearance Many modern cars are built low to the ground. Sometimes there’s no room for a tow truck to get the sling under the car. After market items like spoilers or air dams, which are usually all fiberglass or plastic, make the problem worse.  While these low-slung cars do have a sporty vibe, the low clearance makes them better candidates for the car carrier. Transmission Issues When you tow a car, you can no longer just assume that the drive wheels are on the back. Pick a front-wheel drive car up from the back and you’re apt to ruin the transmission. The reverse is true for rear-wheel drive. With a car carrier, none of the wheels touch the ground while towing. They are especially helpful if the “towing end” of the car is too damaged to allow a proper tow. For more information about towing services, contact a company like Frank’s...

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Keep Your Family Safe With Road Side Emergency Kits

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep Your Family Safe With Road Side Emergency Kits

From new cars to older models, cars are subject to breaking down or rendering you stranded. Fortunately, there are small items or kits that you can place inside your car to keep you and your family safe. No matter whether there are weather conditions that may be threatening or you have to wait it out for a towing truck, the inventory you prepare for your trunk will help you. It is suggested to make a list of needs depending on your geographical location. Emergency Road Kit There are emergency road kits that can be obtained from your local auto repair store. They range in sizes and offer different survival items that should be placed in your car permanently. Most items that are included are: Flashlights Batteries Thermal Blankets Jumper Cables Plastic Gloves First Aid Kit Ponchos Glow Sticks Help Signs Portable Cones Items Found at Home Depending on where you are geographically, you will change some items. For example, if you are located in the desert you will have much more equipment than someone who lives in a temperate suburb. Keeping that in mind, there are items that you have at home that can be packed for emergency reasons. If you are in a location where cold weather can be an issue, you should pack pocket warmers, blankets, extra coats, and other items that will keep you and your passengers warm while you wait for help to come. Make sure these items stay inside the vehicle. If the area you live in is extremely warm, then you will not have to worry about the blankets and other warming items. High Traffic Safety High traffic areas or roads can present danger if you are stranded. There are cars and trucks going by at high speeds and they may not see you. It is important to have items like cones or an emergency triangle to place around your vehicle to increase the visibility to other drivers. It can keep you and your passengers safe from being struck by an on coming vehicle. If you are stranded during the night time hours, then there are items to use for visibility for this situation as well. Cones do not always come with reflective pieces on them. Place LED emergency flares, reflective emergency triangles, or flares inside the emergency bag. One final note is to keep the number for a professional roadside assistance company, like Collins Service Center, stored in the glove box of your vehicle, your phone, and in the emergency...

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Will Self-Driving Tractor Trailers Cause More Accidents In The Future?

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Will Self-Driving Tractor Trailers Cause More Accidents In The Future?

Everyone is aware of the fatigue that tractor trailer drivers often experience. They must adhere to strict schedules, requiring them to drive for extended hours until they reach their destination. This and other concerns have prompted manufacturers of big rigs to consider designing tractor trailers with the ability to drive autonomously. This leaves many people to wonder if this will increase the amount of tractor trailer towing due to more frequent malfunctions and accidents. Several major manufacturers are currently testing self-driving freight-liners as a means of improving the efficiency of business, saving time and more. The test vehicle, known as “The Inspiration Truck” is currently being tested in Nevada, and it is said to have actually driven over 10,000 miles. Manufacturers appear to be more worried about the vehicle passing through all the regulations and guidelines than they are about safety. Most motorists would be in awe over seeing big rigs on the highway, driving by themselves. In fact, many might be downright terrified at the thought, although it might likely take as long as 10 years or more before self-driving tractor trailers will actually be available for purchase. Ten years might be a sufficient amount of time to work out any problems that these rigs might present in the beginning, which could jeopardize any passengers as well as other motorists on the road. “Inspiration Truck” is currently undergoing extensive testing to ensure optimal safety as well as functioning. Due to the extensive testing being conducted, as well as the fact that it will likely take many years before self-driving tractor trailers can officially make their debut, these trucks are expected to actually increase safety. In addition to increased safety, self-driving big rigs are expected to contribute to economic growth, and also improve the environment. So if you’re considering investing in a self-driving tractor trailer when they become available in the future, then you need to take several things into consideration. First of all, you need to realize that these big rigs that will be programmed to drive from point A to point B may experience some problems in the beginning. Many new products experience issues shortly after debut, before all the imperfections are fixed. However, according to the manufacturers that are currently working on the test rig, “Inspiration Truck,” the safety of work involving tractor trailers should be greatly improved once self-driving rigs are introduced instead of pose any problems. So you and others that might be considering investing in a self-driving rig in the future should rest-assured that these freight-liners won’t be introduced until they’re completely safe. Until that time, and most likely after, tractor trailer towing services will provide help to drivers in need of a...

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Transporting Your Lawnmower By Trailer

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Transporting Your Lawnmower By Trailer

If you need to move your ride on lawnmower from one location to another, you will obviously not want to simply hop onto your lawnmower and hit the road. Lawnmowers are only intended for mowing lawns, but not for traveling down a highway. Instead, you will need a trailer and a vehicle that is capable of pulling the trailer. Get the Right Trailer Make sure you get a trailer that has a proper ramp. While you could construct a makeshift ramp, it will not be as sturdy as a ramp designed specifically for the trailer, particularity the arch-loaded ramps. Attach the Trailer to Your Vehicle Hook the trailer up to your car. To make sure the trailer does not move while you are moving the lawnmower onto the trailer, place blocks of wood in front of the tires. Otherwise, you could lose control of the lawnmower as you try to navigate it to the bed of the trailer. Prepare Your Lawnmower Before moving the lawnmower onto the trailer, make sure that the lawnmower is completely turned off. Lower the tailgate. Then, secure the ramp to the tailgate or lower the ramp, depending on the type of ramp. Adjust the ramp so that it has a width that matches the width of the tires on the lawnmower. Then you are ready to turn the lawnmower back on again and use it to get back up the ramp onto the trailer. Place the Lawnmower in the Right Gear Place the lawnmower in a very low gear so you do not travel so fast that you kick the ramp out underneath the lawnmower. Drive at a slow and steady speed up the ramp. Once the lawnmower is onto the bed of the truck, slowly drive the lawnmower until it is as far back as possible. The, stop the lawnmower and set the parking brake. Turn the lawnmower off. Secure the Lawnmower Make sure all parts of the lawnmower are secure, including the hood. If the hood is not secure, it will rise while it is being transported. Then, raise the ramp or gate, depending on the design of the trailer, and secure it to hold the lawnmower in place so it does not roll out the back of the trailer. Use ratchet straps to secure the axle of the lawnmower to the bed of the trailer. You will need to secure both the front and rear axle. For further assistance transporting equipment, contact professionals, such as those from Santa Fe Tow...

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