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Drive Safe MessageTitan Towing has had a great year serving our customers and we hope our blogs have provided you with helpful information as you drive throughout DFW and beyond. As the year is coming to a close, we look back on the topics covered by Titan Towing News from safe driving, to technology, to ethical towing practices.

Safe Driving

Factors such as vehicle maintenance, driver well-being, and inclement weather can quickly affect driving, especially in higher populated areas. We covered all of these topics to help you drive safer.

When bad weather occurs, it has the potential to create more accidents and Titan Towing ends up having many more calls for help. We provided the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDOT)  map for road conditions at DriveTexas as well as tips on how to stay safe when inclement weather conditions affect the roads.

Vehicle maintenance can lead to unsafe driving as well, and DMV.org gave us some car maintenance tips such as checking your lights, windshield wipers, and car battery prior to taking a road trip. If your car needs maintenance, it’s important to address it as soon as possible to keep yourself and others safe on the road.

In addition to weather and car maintenance, one of the most important factors for safe driving is ensuring you are not distracted. In previous articles, we looked at different factors which can cause distracted driving including texts and calls, driving under the influence, grooming, eating and talking.

No matter what the issue, the key to keeping safe and avoiding the need for a tow, is staying aware and prepared.

Right Wrong Ethical UnethicalTechnology

While technology can distract us whether we are driving or not, there are some good aspects to technology which can help keep us safe on the road. These include apps for location and safety as well as automatic vehicle safety features.

In Location and safety apps, we covered how to use Google as well as Apple maps to provide your location. This article also provided information on apps such as FamilyLocator2 and bSafe to easily notify friends and family when you are stranded on the side of the road.

Technology such as automatic safety features, as provided by Consumer Reports Magazine, offered high-tech ways to avoid collisions such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warnings and blind spot warnings.

All of these technological advances, when used correctly and responsibly, have proved beneficial in reducing accidents and keeping us safe as we travel.

Ethical Towing Practices

Unethical towing stands out as one of the most significant topics we covered as a towing company. This affects not only our business and drivers in our area, but those in other areas of the U.S. as well. That is why Titan’s business is built on the highest ethical standards to provide our customers with the best possible service. This is clearly reflected in our customer feedback through the years.

As the year comes to an end, Titan Towing would like to wish you and yours safe traveling during the holidays as well as the new year. If you need us, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for towing and roadside assistance.

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titan towing classic carTowing companies in Arlington, Texas, as well as those throughout North Texas, claim to have the ability to tow many different types of vehicles. However, when it comes to technical ability and a fair price for towing specialized vehicles, not all towing companies are the same. Owners of classic cars, motorcycles, light-duty trucks, and motorized construction equipment should utilize a company well-known for their expertise in specialized towing to ensure it is done effectively.

Classic Cars and Trucks

Owners of classic cars and trucks love their vehicles just as much as they do their family and sometimes even more. They have spent weeks, months, and even years entirely devoted to making their cars and trucks into showpieces. Some like to tow their vehicles to car and truck shows while others sometimes need a tow for mechanical reasons. Whatever the reason, they want to make sure that the towing company they use is skillfully trained. Not using a highly skilled tow truck operator can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to classic cars and trucks. Often, the parts needed for these types of vehicles can be rare and sometimes they don't come cheaply. Making sure a towing company has the expertise to tow these types of vehicles is imperative to keeping a large investment in time and money safe.

Motorcycles 

Motorcycle owners include those who have daily drivers as well as classic motorcycles. Motorcyclists are just as passionate, if not more so, than those with classic cars and trucks. Two or three wheeled vehicles have different towing standards than those with four wheels. It can be challenging to handle a motorcycle tow due to the lighter weight and the need for more balance in handling. If a motorcyclist owns a classic motorcycle, they have often put the same time and money into it as a specialized car and truck owner. Having a motorcycle towed is not as straightforward as some may imagine, so ensuring a towing company has the equipment and knowledge to tow a motorcycle is important to making sure damage does not occur.

titan towing bobcat towLight-duty Trucks and Motorized Construction Equipment

Light-duty trucks can be a towing challenge due to their weight. Smaller towing companies do not usually have the towing capacity to haul these types of vehicles, so making sure a towing operator is aware of the weight restrictions is one of the most important aspects of towing these types of trucks. Motorized construction equipment such as forklifts and bobcats are similar in weight and may need to be towed just as any other motorized vehicle from time-to-time. These pieces of equipment can be costly and should not be handled by a tow truck operator who is not thoroughly trained in how to manage their unique sizes and weights.

Titan Towing operators are thoroughly trained in towing anything up to 10,000 pounds. This not only includes classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles, but other more recent model cars which owners may look at as just as special such as Corvettes, Shelby Cobras, and Porsches. Titan has towed everything from 5th wheel gooseneck trailers, bobcats, forklifts, and U-Haul trucks to heavy items with no wheels such as tool boxes. So, the choice is clear if you need expert towing in Arlington, or anywhere throughout DFW and beyond, Titan Towing operators have the knowledge and expertise to accommodate your specialized towing request.

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Broken Car Young Woman CallsOne of the most helpful options that full-service towing companies provide is roadside assistance in DFW which includes service for things like flat tires, battery service, fuel delivery, and lockouts. Many insurance companies and credit card companies offer this coverage, but be aware that the services that these companies offer, may not be your best option and can be an unneeded extra cost on your credit card or insurance plan.

Unnecessary Extra Costs

According to ConsumerReports.org, costs for roadside assistance can vary widely with very basic plans starting at around $40 to $60 the first year, with increased or additional benefits costing hundreds of dollars a year. Cars with OnStar plans, for GM vehicles, can range from $20 to $35 per month. Consumer Reports also states that credit card companies, such as Chase Bank’s Roadside Dispatch Service costs about $60 per incident and includes towing only up to five miles, and other basic roadside assistance such as tire changing.

Even if you’re one to lock yourself out of your vehicle or run out of gas on a regular basis, paying extra on your insurance policy or paying an on-going or one-time fee to your credit card company for services that they do not specialize in, may not be the best idea. This is not only because it can be costly, but because many people who have tried to utilize these services from their insurance or credit card company have not had the best experience.

Unhappy Insurance and Credit Card Customers

Do a quick Google search for reviews about roadside assistance provided by third parties like insurance and credit card companies and the results may surprise you. Complaints range from “waiting for hours for roadside assistance” to coverage not available in certain areas even when that area is within twenty miles of a major city. This is more than likely because when you’re using a third party to obtain roadside assistance, you’re adding an extra company in the mix which automatically results in more time needed to take care of the problem. Also, oftentimes, the companies offering these services may not know much about towing and roadside assistance at all.

Stressed Woman With A Brokedown CarCall Directly

Calling a full-service towing company, like Titan Towing, directly can help you in a cost-effective, efficient way. Titan Towing helps alleviate unnecessary costs, time, and frustration for whatever your roadsides services needs may be from lock-outs, jump-starts, battery replacement, winch-outs, mud-pulls, recoveries, and fuel deliveries. And, the feedback from Titan Towing’s customers speak volumes about the stellar services that Titan offers. One customer had a bad experience with her insurance company’s roadside assistance, or lack thereof, so she contacted Titan Towing and was helped right away.

Her Yelp Review states:

When our fuel pump went out on a busy Fort Worth highway on a late Saturday night, a call to the insurance company couldn't even find us a tow, despite searching for nearly an hour. I started calling area companies myself and was met with several unanswered calls, a 3 hour wait estimate, and even told by one they could come the following Monday morning. Considering we didn't want to be imprisoned for the next 3-30 hours, I kept making my way down the list.

Thankfully, Chance at Titan answered and said he could get to us in less than an hour, following the drop off he was making. He was not only a clear communicator that exceeded the expectations he set, but also extremely professional and efficient. To top it all off, the total charges came in about $10 under what the insurance company had quoted.

As much as we hated to need their services, this company went above and beyond to make things as seamless as possible.”

The services provided by Titan Towing speak for themselves, so when it comes to roadside assistance think twice about paying extra to your insurance or credit card company and give Titan Towing a call anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Distracted DriverIn addition to roadside assistance in Arlington, and other areas of DFW, Titan Towing frequently assists drivers whose vehicles have been involved in traffic accidents. Many times, wrecks can be avoided if drivers are more aware of the reasons they occur.

Some of the top reasons for accidents in the DFW area, and around the country, include:

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most prevalent reasons for accidents. This includes, but is not limited to, texts and calls, grooming, eating, and talking to others in the vehicle. If you’ve ever driven somewhere and don’t fully remember what you did to get there, that’s distracted driving as well and happens when you are not fully cognizant about driving. Stay alert and fully focused while on the road.

Drunk Driving and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Alcohol and drugs (legal and illegal) can cause some of the most dangerous accidents resulting in fatalities on the road. If you are under the influence of any of these substances, let someone sober drive or call a taxi or Uber. If someone you know is under the influence do not allow them to drive.

Speeding and Reckless Driving

Speeding to make it to work, an appointment, or anywhere else, can not only result in a speeding ticket, it can result in reckless driving leading to an accident. If you’re running behind, don’t speed.  Take the time to get to your destination safely instead of causing an accident or just show up late.

Weather

Weather such as rain, sleet, or snow can cause bad road conditions. If you must be on the road in extremely bad weather, pull over and wait for the treacherous weather to pass. Otherwise, slow down as much as possible in inclement weather.

Running Red Lights

Running red lights is a common way to cause an accident. Slow down when you see an orange caution light instead of trying to speed through it and come to a complete stop when a traffic light is red.

Driving at Night with Low Visibility

Night driving, especially in more rural areas of the metroplex can make visibility difficult. If you must be on the road late at night, drive more slowly and always use your bright headlights, as needed for easier visibility, when other cars are not close to approaching.

Distracted Driving CrashCar Defects

Sometimes the defects in vehicles which result in the need for roadside assistance, can result in accidents. Make sure to address any vehicle recalls as quickly as possible and keep your car maintained on a regular basis. Specifically, look at your tires on a regular basis, to avoid flats and blow-outs. If you do have a blow-out, keep control of the car as much as possible and pull over when it’s safe to do so.

Following Too Closely

Always keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, or you may end up in a fender bender or worse. If the car in front of you brakes quickly and you’re following too close, avoiding them may be impossible.

Not Adhering to Street Signs

Not noticing street signs that designate one-way streets or not adhering to signs such as no U-turns can end up causing major accidents. Always follow the instructions on street and highway signs. They are in place to help prevent accidents.

Animals

More and more animals are seen on the roads around the DFW area and especially in the suburbs. Never swerve to avoid hitting an animal, especially at higher speeds. This can cause your vehicle to rollover.

Other reasons for accidents include:

  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Sleepy drivers
  • Pot holes
  • Construction sites

Being more mindful of what can cause an accident to occur will hopefully lessen your need for towing service in Arlington, or any other part of DFW. Stay safe on the road and if you do need roadside assistance or towing, Titan Towing is happy to help at any time day or night.

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Towing YardIf you have had a vehicle towed in the last 15 years in the DFW area that was "illegally" parked at an apartment complex, or other parking facility, chances are good that you were towed by Excalibur Towing or Matrix Tow. These two companies were actually one in the same and the brain child of their owner Nick Massey. In 2016, Excalibur Towing, eventually Matrix Tow, was shut down by the State of Texas. At the time they were shut down, Excalibur Towing was operating impound facilities in Fort Worth, Arlington, and Dallas.  As of August, of last year, they were operating under yet another name in Arkansas. More information about them can be found here.

Not all companies that do private property towing or abandoned vehicle removal are created the same. Titan Towing provides these services, but we take our high-level of customer service with us when branching out to provide this type of towing. As a company policy, we do not provide towing for apartment complexes, trailer parks, and other commercial properties that provide housing as its primary focus of business. We have found, over the years, that typically, some managers or management companies will use the towing company to intimidate residents. We have decided, as an ethical company, that this isn't something we are interested in doing to people where they are supposed to feel safe.

We also have stopped offering patrol services for private property accounts and are no longer signing up new properties that are requesting patrol services. We view this practice as predatory. Many times, we have seen drivers from other companies doing things that are unethical to tow a vehicle that was otherwise in compliance with the parking facility requirements. Often, these facility managers are getting a kick-back on every vehicle towed, so they will look the other way when a complaint is made against the contracted towing company. As a result of this, we only provide "On Call Only" services and in our contract, it is clearly defined who is allowed to authorize removal of vehicles from the property. All our calls are recorded should there be any confusion as to who authorized the tow of the vehicle and why.

Towaway ZoneTowing businesses in DFW, and other areas, have earned a bad reputation over the years. There are still unethical towing businesses who are operating and have been fined for the way they conduct business. However, as we mentioned in a previous blog, an important tool that can be used prior to needing a tow, in Texas, is the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) violations database. It can easily be searched, online, to see which towing companies have not complied with Texas licensing laws. The laws are in place to protect Texas consumers from companies that may be out to make a quick buck rather than offering a service built on ethical business practices.

The industry is slowly starting to make a good name for itself again with companies like Titan Towing leading the way. Should you need a towing service with outstanding customer service and the reputation to back it up, then please give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to the opportunity to provide you with our brand of private property and abandoned vehicle removal services!

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Smartphone in a car useAnywhere you may need a tow truck, or roadside assistance in DFW, from Fort Worth to Arlington to Dallas, or anywhere in-between, it can be difficult to relay to a tow truck driver exactly how to find you. Fortunately, with smartphones, providing your location is easier than ever before. By using Google Maps you can quickly share with a tow truck driver where you are located.

Google Maps gives step-by-step instructions for how to share your location on an Android device as well as on an iPhone (or iPad). Your location is shared, automatically (or by default) for one hour, or you can set it to be active until the location sharing is turned off.

Another option is Apple Maps. Or, you can use the Glympse app which is free for Android or iOS. It allows you to share your location and has other features similar to Google Maps and Apple Maps.

In addition to these location sharing apps, there are specific apps to make sure you stay safe while waiting for a tow or anywhere else you may be. Some safety apps for Android and Apple include:

Mobile Navigation AppFamily Locator 2 – GPS Tracker on Google Play and Apple allows you to send or receive SOS with an exact location and allows creation of your own groups. It shows the history of family members’ locations for the previous 7 days (as an in-app purchase) and provides real-time tracking of your phone.

bSafe – Has lots of nice features such as SOS which can send an alarm alerting others to where you are and your GPS location which includes tracking. It also has video and audio with time stamps. Other cool features include a “fake call” which helps get you out of unpleasant situations if necessary.

Circle of 6 Allows the creation of a group of up to 6 trusted individuals. It also has a pin icon that can send a text to your circle asking for help along with your GPS location. Like bSafe, it also has a “fake call capability.

It’s important to know that location sharing, and even personal safety apps, can have negative impacts if not used properly. The circle of people allowed to have access to your location should be small and include only those you trust with your safety.

Just as technology can be a great help when you’re in need of roadside assistance in DFW, Titan Towing can help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With Titan’s team of experts, help is quick, professional, and courteous. Keep Titan Towing as a contact in your smartphone for reliable, affordable towing anytime you might need it.

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Road Trip Car Maintenance TipsSpring Break is here, and, for many, this means a road trip. As much as you might want to just jump in the car and get away, it’s important to take the time for some vehicle maintenance so you don’t end up needing towing in DFW or anywhere else. Whether your plans involve a short trip or a long one, with stops in between, your car will need to be inspected for minor issues that may have the potential to become serious if not dealt with properly.

Pre-Trip Tips

Professional Maintenance

If you’re not skilled at maintaining your vehicle on your own, it’s important to take your vehicle to a professional mechanic, prior to a road trip, to make sure important factors are addressed.

According to DMV.org, the following are some ways to make sure your car is working well prior to your trip:

  • Check the engine oil and your automatic transmission fluid. If your next oil change or transmission change is due soon, you should take care of it before you leave.
  • Check the engine antifreeze (coolant) level in the overflow tank. Remember, never open the radiator cap if your car engine is hot. Any leaks you discover should be fixed immediately because a lack of coolant while you are traveling may cause the engine to overheat, which can lead to serious damage.
  • If you feel that your battery's cranking speed is slower than before, it is probably time for you to replace it. (Typically, a battery lasts from two to five years.)
  • Check the brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer reservoir.
  • Change the air filter if you haven't done so recently.
  • Look for anything irregular, including leaks and loose clamps.
  • Check the tire pressure, including the spare, and if you feel any vibration when you are at cruising speed, have your tires balanced. (Uneven tire wear indicates an alignment problem, and improper wheel alignment may cause a car to skid when you are traveling at high speed.)
  • All front-wheel drive and many four-wheel drive cars have constant velocity (CV) joints to transfer the torque to the front wheels, and if a boot is broken, it needs to be replaced before you go on your trip. If you have wheel locks installed in your vehicle, locate the key and the wrench to open the wheel nuts too.
  • Check the horn, the windshield wipers, and all the lights in your car. You should replace the wipers or get rubber refills if they don't clean the windshield perfectly, and have some extra light bulbs on hand, as well. Depending on the season and your location, you should also make sure that the heater and air conditioner are in good working order.
Don’t Rely Solely on GPS

A GPS, or Global Positioning System, is used by most drivers now, but it should not be your sole source for finding your way to your destination. Map out your route, online, and print it out or buy a paper map. GPS, like all technology, can malfunction and you don’t want to be without a map if it stops working. Also, with new road construction, detours may be inevitable, and a recently printed paper map may provide you with more information on the best alternate route.

Make Sure You Have an Owner’s Manual

Your owner’s manual will provide you with the best information about your vehicle while away from home. From how to change a tire, to fuse replacement, to towing capacity, your owner’s manual will help you handle vehicle issues effectively while you’re on the road, so make sure you have one with you. It’s best to review it before you leave so you can make sure you have all the tools you may need such as a jack for a tire change.

Fully Charged Cell Phone

If you have followed all the tips above and still find yourself on the side of the road, don’t forget to have a fully charged cell phone to call for help. Many towing companies throughout the U.S. offer help just like Titan Towing offers roadside assistance in DFW. Also, some insurance companies offer roadside assistance as well.

Taking the time to do a little maintenance and pre-planning before you leave can ensure you avoid some vehicle related issues before they may happen. However, if you still happen to be in the area and need roadside assistance in DFW, Titan Towing can help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Less Towing in DFW Through Increased Safety FeaturesOne of the most prevalent activities for many tow truck companies in Arlington, Texas, and surrounding areas, is providing towing after an auto accident. Even minor crashes can leave some types of vehicles inoperable and in need of a tow. However, with some newly manufactured cars, SUVs, and trucks, this is starting to change.

According to a recent article in Consumer Reports Magazine safety systems in newer vehicles include:

  • Automatic emergency braking (AEB): Brakes are automatically applied to prevent a collision or reduce collision speed.
  • Forward-collision warning (FCW): Visual and/or audible warning intended alert the driver and prevent a collision.
  • Blind-spot warning (BSW): Visual and/or audible notification of vehicle in blind spot. The system may provide an additional warning if you use your turn signal when there is a car next to you in another lane.
  • Rear cross-traffic warning: Visual, audible, or haptic notification of object or vehicle out of rear camera range but could be moving into it.
  • Rear automatic emergency braking (Rear AEB): Brakes are automatically applied to prevent backing into something behind the vehicle. This could be triggered by the rear cross-traffic system, or other sensors on the vehicle.
  • Lane-departure warning (LDW): Visual, audible, or haptic warning to alert the driver when they are crossing lane markings.
  • Lane-keeping assist (LKA): Automatic corrective steering input or braking provided by the vehicle when crossing lane markings.
  • Lane-centering assist: Continuous active steering to stay in between lanes (active steer, autosteer, etc.)
  • Adaptive cruise control: Adaptive cruise uses lasers, radar, cameras, or a combination of these systems to keep a constant distance between you and the car ahead, automatically maintaining a safe following distance. If highway traffic slows, some systems will bring the car to a complete stop and automatically come back to speed when traffic gets going again, allowing the driver to do little more than pay attention and steer.

Autonomous smart carSafety features are a must for some car buyers while others aren’t yet sold on the technology preferring to rely on their own driving skills. For many consumers, how a vehicle performs in controlled tests by manufacturers is one thing, but how a driver utilizes automatic safety features in real life is quite another.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Highway Loss Data Institute reports in their first study that “vehicles equipped with front end crash prevention are much less likely to rear-end other vehicles.” This information was obtained by using actual U.S. police-reported crash data and the institute found that systems with automatic braking had a 40 percent reduction in rear-end crashes. They also found that autobraking reduced injury crashes significantly.

How does this affect the towing industry? Most reputable towing companies in DFW are all in favor of increased vehicle safety as they, and their family and friends, drive throughout the DFW metroplex daily. Automatic safety features, unfortunately, have not negated vehicle crashes altogether and until they do, premier towing companies in Fort Worth, such as Titan Towing, will always be available, day or night, to help stranded motorists recover from vehicle accidents.

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Winter Weather Driving in DFWTowing in DFW has increased as winter weather is in full swing and Titan Towing is always ready and available to help with your towing needs. Although we have not yet had a significant ice or snow event this year, it’s good to keep in mind some winter weather driving tips before one occurs.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDOT) reminds us that information on road conditions around the state are available at DriveTexas and they offer these driving tips to ensure a safe commute in DFW, and around the state, during the winter months.

Driving Tips

Slow down. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions. Also remember to:

 

 

 

  • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
  • Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet behind snow plows.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
  • If your vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction. Then straighten your vehicle.

In addition to TxDOT tips, to avoid the need for towing in DFW, the Texas Department of Insurance offers some additional cold weather driving advice such as:

  • Winterize vehicles before you get on the road. Have a mechanic check the battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, headlights, hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, tire pressure and tread, and oil level. If necessary, replace existing oil with the manufacturer’s recommended type and grade of winter oil. Keep your gas tank full.
  • Plan ahead. Choose the safest routes and times of day, and allow plenty of time for travel. Drivers should exercise patience, because trip times increase in winter weather.
  • Buckle up. Drivers and passengers should always wear seat belts, especially when children are passengers.
  • Stay sober-minded. Consuming alcohol or taking prescription or other drugs can impair a driver’s judgment, vision, and reaction time.
  • Stay in the vehicle if you are stranded or stalled. Drivers should carry a charged cell phone or two-way radio to call for help and notify authorities of their location.

Snowplow truckThe National Weather Service recommends keeping an emergency winter supply kit in your car that may contain:

  • cell phone, charger, and extra battery
  • battery-operated or hand-crank radio
  • jumper cables
  • spare tire
  • flares
  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • first-aid kit
  • water (1 gallon of water per person per day for at least three days)
  • non-perishable food and a manual can opener
  • warm clothing
  • matches
  • sand or cat litter
  • snow shovel and brush
  • windshield scraper and brush
  • basic toolkit (pliers, wrench, screwdriver)
  • tow rope
  • compass
  • road maps

Following winter weather driving tips and having an emergency kit may lessen your need for a tow in the winter months. However, if you, or a friend, needs towing or roadside assistance in DFW, Titan Towing is available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Tire and Wheel ServiceThe weather in North Texas can be mild all the way through Thanksgiving, but can get harsh in the winter months, so it’s important to winterize your vehicle prior to the colder temperatures. If not, you may find yourself on the side of a busy road in need of a tow. Although newer vehicles can handle colder weather more so than in the past, there are still some preventative measures that can keep your car or truck running smoothly. DMV.org has a quick slideshow for reminders on ways to make sure your car is ready when the temperature drops, and the tips below provide more detail.

Tires

While the DFW area is not a place where snow tires are necessarily needed, you can experience some problems with your tires when it’s colder outside. In a previous blog, Flat Tire Prevention, we wrote about tire pressure and how heat can affect your tires, but colder air can too. Generally, your tire pressure can drop about one psi for every ten degrees that the temperature drops. A flatter tire can cause you to lose traction on wet, slick, or snow ridden roads, so make sure your tires are inflated to the correct psi when it’s cold.

Battery

If you haven’t replaced your battery in a while, it can be more affected by colder weather, especially if you aren’t checking the fluid, cables, and terminals. The cables should be free of cracks and the terminals should not be loose. The battery fluid level should not be below the bottom of the cap. If so, it can be refilled with distilled water.

Fluids

Replacing or refilling the fluids in your car is one of the best ways to make sure it’s ready for winter.

  • Coolant – Antifreeze, just as its name suggest, keeps water in your engine from freezing. It’s important to have the correct mix of water and antifreeze, so check your vehicle’s manual for more information regarding the specific antifreeze water mixture that is best.
  • Oil – The oil you normally use in your vehicle is probably okay during the winter months in North Texas, just make sure it’s at a good level and change your oil on a regular basis. Some vehicle owners’ manuals suggest switching to a thinner oil when it’s colder outside, so check yours to make sure.
  • Wiper Fluid – Your wiper fluid should be switched to a freeze resistant fluid to keep it flowing regularly when the temperature drops.
Tire and Wheel ServiceFrozen Windshields and Locks

A deicer from an auto-parts store is best for frozen windshields and locks. Just be sure you don’t keep it in your glove box if your locks are frozen. If you can’t make it to the auto-parts store, make a homemade deicer by filling a regular spray bottle with 1/3 water and the rest with isopropyl alcohol (which is basically rubbing alcohol).

Emergency Kit

Even when preventative steps are taken to winterize your vehicle, unforeseen circumstances can still leave you in need of a towing company in DFW in the winter months. If so, having an emergency roadside kit can keep you safer while you’re waiting. Your kit should contain the following items, especially during the wintertime:

  • Flashlight
  • Extra sweater or blanket
  • Gloves
  • Small shovel and small bag of sand or kitty litter to give you traction to get out of snow or ice
  • Ice scraper (if you’re out of deicer)
  • Extra coolant.
  • Snacks

In addition to the above tips, regular maintenance of your vehicle is important to keep it functioning properly. If you can’t do it yourself, take your vehicle to a trusted auto shop for help in winterizing. Also, remember that Titan Towing offers roadside assistance in Arlington and surrounding areas 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year.

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