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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.

This article is ©2018 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


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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Tire and Wheel ServiceAs a professional towing company in Fort Worth, Titan Towing has worked with many reputable auto repair shops over the years. Unfortunately, there are some automotive shops in DFW who do not put as much emphasis on ethical business practices as some others. So, it’s important to know the signs of a good company who will consistently offer their customers the best in service, products, and repair.

Following are some ways to make sure the body shop you decide to use is customer focused and will do the best job possible to ensure your vehicle is repaired properly.

Experience

If an auto-body shop has been in business for many years, that’s a good sign that they are providing their customers with great service. However, that’s not to say that newer businesses aren’t as good. If a newer repair shop has an experienced staff, some who may have even come from older businesses, the expertise you will receive will be reflected in their work. If a company is newer, ask who will be doing the work on your vehicle and when and where they were trained for auto-body work.

Reputation

A company’s reputation is probably the best indicator of the type of work they will do. The best way to check a company’s reputation is through word-of-mouth and online reviews. If friends and family members have had a good experience with an auto repair shop, the business is more than likely trustworthy. Their past performance for others is a good indicator that the shop will provide repairs that will meet your expectations too.

Inflate tiresCertifications

In addition to experience and a good reputation, a certified auto-body shop is important. Certifications indicate that the necessary training was conducted to ensure employees perform their job based on standards put forth by the certifying body. On-going certification is even more impressive. It shows that the shop has employees with the most up-to-date training needed to fix your car timely and effectively

Warranties

Warranties can give you the peace of mind that repairs are consistently done well. They can also indicate that only the best automotive parts are used. A trust-worthy auto-body shop will provide a warranty on parts and labor for a specified period. This will give you the peace of mind that if anything does happen to go wrong, the auto shop will cover the repairs without additional costs to you. Make sure to understand the warranty thoroughly, so you will know what to expect should you need to use it.

Much like Titan Towing, many automotive repair shops are committed to providing their customers with the best possible service. Knowing more about a company’s experience, reputation, certifications, and warranties can help put your mind at ease.

This article is ©2017 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


Tire and Wheel ServiceUnfortunately, there are many reasons for flat tires, but some are more common than others. Following are some of the top reasons for a flat tire, which may result in the need for roadside assistance in DFW, and some ways to avoid them.

Heat

Temperatures in North Texas can stay hot for many months, without a cool down, and the heat outside causes increased air pressure on the inside of your tires. Too much pressure can cause a tire to pop. As much as one pound of pressure per square inch can be lost or gained depending on the outside temperature. Check your tire pressure, weekly, and adjust as necessary making sure not to over-inflate your tires.

Daily Wear

Normal wear and tear on your car’s tires causes them to lose tread and simply wear out. A tire with lost tread, or no tread, can be more likely to pop or go flat. No tread also lessens braking ability which can result in an accident. Replace tires with worn tread once the tread is less than 2/32".

Inflate tiresValve Stem Leakage

The valve stem can cause leaks when it becomes old, worn, or excessively dirty. If it becomes damaged, your tire will become much more susceptible to popping. If you notice that your valve stem may cause a problem, it can easily be replaced by an automotive repair or tire shop.

Road Hazards

Road hazards are a big reason that drivers in the DFW area have tire and other types of issues that require roadside assistance. With so much construction going on in the area, there is often debris on the road that can cause a flat tire and other car damage. Keep focused on the road ahead of you to stay out of the way of debris if at all possible.

Tire Bead Leakage

Tire bead is the sealing surface of your tires and over time, it can become worn and result in slow air loss. To test for this, you can apply soapy water to the tires. If you have tire bead leakage, bubbles will form on the surface of your tires due to the air being expelled.

Car Alignment

Your car can become misaligned through normal use and even more so if you’ve hit a curb or two. A car out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and shortens their functional life span. Most tire stores offer free alignment if you bought your tires there, so use that service as needed. It’s recommended to rotate your tires every five thousand to six thousand miles, or every time you get an oil change.

Sometimes, getting a flat tire is just inevitable. If you do find yourself on the side of the road, help is always available. Titan Towing offers affordable roadside assistance in DFW for flat tires, and many other car related issues, and is always happy to help.

This article is ©2017 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


Reduce SpeedWe wrote about the Texas Move Over Law two years ago and wanted to provide more information about this important law which was first enacted in 2003. It was initially implemented to keep law enforcement officers and first responders safe as they work accidents and provide public safety on Texas roads and highways. It has since been amended to include tow truck drivers and Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT)  workers. However, even though the law has been in place for almost fifteen years in Texas, and drivers who fail to abide by the law can face hefty fines, accidents are still occurring.

There are now Move Over Laws in all fifty states, but statistics show that, on average, six to eight fire rescue and EMS workers are killed while working in, or near, moving traffic each year while ten to twelve police officers are killed. This information was provided by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, a national advisory group of public safety and transportation experts. Unfortunately, the statistics for tow truck operators is much more grim.

While people are now more aware of the Move Over Law as it applies to public safety vehicles and even Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) employees, many are still not aware that the law applies to tow truck operators as well.

The International Towing and Recovery Museum has a “Wall of the Fallen” which, unfortunately, as of September last year, has over 400 individuals killed while  serving in the towing and road service industry. According to Jeffrey Godwin, chair of the “Wall of the Fallen” and its survivor fund, one towing operator dies every six days while on the job.

Reduce SpeedThe law is found within Texas Transportation Code - TRANSP § 545.157. Passing Certain Vehicles
and reads as follows:

"(a) This section applies only to the following vehicles:
(1) a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702;
(2) a stationary tow truck using equipment authorized by Section 547.305(d);  and
(3) a Texas Department of Transportation vehicle not separated from the roadway by a traffic control channelizing device and using visual signals that comply with the standards and specifications adopted under Section 547.105.
(b) On approaching a vehicle described by Subsection (a), an operator, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall:
(1) vacate the lane closest to the vehicle when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the vehicle;  or
(2) slow to a speed not to exceed:
(A) 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more;  or
(B) five miles per hour when the posted speed limit is less than 25 miles per hour.
(c) A violation of this section is:
(1) a misdemeanor punishable under Section 542.401;
(2) a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 if the violation results in property damage;  or
(3) a Class B misdemeanor if the violation results in bodily injury.
(d) If conduct constituting an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under another section of this code or the Penal Code, the actor may be prosecuted under either section or under both sections.
(e) In this section:
(1) “Tow truck” means a vehicle that:
(A) has been issued a permit under Subchapter C, Chapter 2308, Occupations Code;  and
(B) is operated by a person licensed under Subchapter D, Chapter 2308, Occupations Code.

(2) “Traffic control channelizing device” means equipment used to warn and alert drivers of conditions created by work activities in or near the traveled way, to protect workers in a temporary traffic control zone, and to guide drivers and pedestrians safely.  The term includes a traffic cone, tubular marker, vertical panel, drum, barricade, temporary raised island, concrete or cable barrier, guardrail, or channelizer."

Public Awareness is Key

Safety experts agree that public awareness of the Move Over Law is imperative to lowering the statistics of those injured or killed. Sometimes, drivers distracted by technology can be the cause of injuries and deaths on the nation’s roadways. So, law enforcement officials in many states are using that same technology, through social media such as Facebook and Twitter, to get the word out about the Move Over Law.

If you are reading this from Titan Towing's Facebook page or the Titan Towing website, please share it to make others more aware of the law and help keep our driver's safe.

This article is ©2017 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


Roadside AssistanceThere are many cheap towing companies in the Arlington area to choose from, but that often translates into unqualified labor and low-quality equipment. Many of the cheapest towing options in the DFW area are companies looking to make a quick buck in a highly populated area. Most have no regard for good customer service or the extra care needed to ensure your vehicle is handled properly. Titan Towing offers friendly, knowledgeable service and has worked hard to build and maintain a stellar reputation in the highly competitive towing industry by not being cheap, but always remaining affordable.

Customer Satisfaction

People have many choices for towing services, but what sets Titan Towing apart is not only affordable pricing but our high regard for customer satisfaction. Of course, a successful company is in business to make money, but Titan knows that this is done through our commitment to our customers’ safety and meeting their needs effectively.

As a full-service towing company, Titan can provide much more than those just offering a cheap tow. In March of last year, a customer provided the following review on Yelp which sums up our commitment to amazing service at affordable prices:

“Great service! Called them because my mother's Sienna stopped running and we needed her car towed to the closest mechanic. Needless to say, Titan Towing came quick and promptly delivered the car in good condition to the shop. Affordable with no extra fees!”

Full-Service at Competitive Prices

From vehicle lockouts to jump starts, winch-out services, flat tires, and fuel delivery, Titan Towing provides customers with services that cheap towing companies just can’t offer. When help is needed quickly, Titan’s expertise gets customers back on the road without them having to pay high fees.

A Google review by a customer, Amber Loyd, four months ago, describes the way a full service towing company like Titan can help you out of a stressful situation. In her five-star review, she says, “When we locked our keys in our car the workers were very friendly and seemed very capable. They did the job quickly with great customer service.”

By keeping our standards high, while still offering affordability, Titan has become the premiere choice for towing services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. When you’re in need of towing or any other type of roadside assistance, affordable quality matters most. As a full-service towing company, Titan Towing offers the best option for high-quality service at an affordable price.

This article is ©2017 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


No Parking Tow Away ZoneLots of people in DFW have used a towing company when their car has been in a wreck, is in need of repair, or when they need a vehicle moved from one location to another. Many have also utilized a full service towing company, such as Titan Towing, for roadside assistance when they run out of gas, are locked out of their car, or they’re having trouble with minor repairs such as their car battery. So, more often than not, a tow truck operator is a welcome sight to many drivers.

However, there are times when a tow occurs and it wasn’t something you expected. Towing in DFW, and many other areas throughout the country can occur when parking in an unauthorized area. When an unwanted tow occurs, you, as a consumer, do have rights. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has put together some guidelines on what to do when your car has been towed.

According to TDLR your rights are:

If you return to your car and it is being hooked-up to a tow truck but IT IS NOT FULLY hooked up and ready for towing, you can keep your car WITHOUT paying a CHARGE. You do not need to prove ownership of the car in this instance.

If you return to your car and IT IS FULLY HOOKED UP, READY FOR TOWING, BUT HAS NOT LEFT THE PARKING LOT, you may keep your car but YOU MUST PAY A DROP FEE. You do not need to prove ownership of the car in this instance either.

Towing a carIf your car has been towed from a parking lot, you can find your car by calling the phone number on the no parking sign. You can recover your car from the vehicle storage facility (VSF) after documenting that you are the owner (or allowed user) and paying the towing and storage fees.

At the VSF, you may have access to your car to get ownership documents. You do not have to pay a fee to do this.

At the VSF, you may have access to your car to recover personal property. You do not have to pay a fee to do this.

You can claim or just access your car 24-hours a day and within one hour if the VSF accepts cars 24-hours a day.

If a VSF does not accept cars 24 hours a day, you may claim your car within one hour of your request between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and midnight Monday -Saturday and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays except for nationally recognized holidays. VSFs with these hours are not required to release a car after midnight.

You may request a TOW HEARING at any Justice of the Peace Court in the county where your car was towed if you believe your car was wrongfully towed, stored or booted; or if you were charged more than the allowed fee. You must request a tow hearing from the court within 14 days of the tow.

You DO NOT have the right to:

Remove or dismantle any part attached to the car while it is at the VSF.

Retrieve your car from the VSF without paying the towing, storage or other allowed fees.

Have the boot removed without paying the booting fee.

Retrieve your car from the VSF without demonstrating that you are the owner or authorized user of the car.

Obtain your car after it has been removed from the parking facility but before it has been placed in a VSF.

If you find yourself with an unwanted tow, it’s important to know what to do and to know your rights as a car owner. Further, more detailed, information can be found at the TDLR website. Titan towing takes pride in the ethical, professional services we provide to all of our customers and we are happy to share this helpful consumer information with you.

This article is ©2017 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


Tow truck drivers operate in a dangerous world. Every day they face angry drivers while repossessing vehicles, dangerous driving and road conditions, near misses while operating heavy equipment, and close calls on U.S. freeways while hitching up wrecked vehicles.

These are just a few of the reasons why the tow truck market is in a state of emergency, says one broker specializing in this class. Another reason: a crumbling insurance market with fewer and fewer carriers willing to write the business.

Read more at Insurance General...

 

© 2017 by Wells Media Group, Inc.

 


Calling a tow truck company in DFW may not be your first choice if you’re having car related issues that have left you by the side of the road. You may think about calling a friend or relative. Or, you may try to fix the problem yourself. However, below are some good reasons that calling a reputable, full-service company like Titan Towing may be your best solution.

Safety

First and foremost, safety is the number one reason to call a towing company when you’re stranded in your car. Tow truck drivers are trained to address your vehicle’s issues with your utmost safety in mind. They also have the proper equipment such as safety lights on their truck and road flares or road cones to help keep you and your vehicle safe while they work.

Reliability

Your car may not have been reliable, and your friends may not either, but you can rely on a good towing company to come to your rescue no matter when you may need them. Tow truck companies are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you don’t have to spend time calling people who may not be available during rush hour traffic or at 2 AM.

Expertise

When dealing with a stranded vehicle, the expertise of a tow truck driver can be invaluable. Most drivers have been in the business for many years and have worked to resolve almost every car related issues you can think of. They are well-trained to address issues quickly and effectively. Without their knowledge, you may find yourself spending much more time and energy than is necessary.

Cost

Some drivers may want to avoid calling a tow truck because they’re afraid of the cost, but the benefits outlined above are why a good towing company is worth the expense. Not using a safe, reliable, skilled professional to assist you with your car may end up costing you more in the long run. For many people, a vehicle is one of their largest investments, so having someone who is trained and knowledgeable in how to tow a vehicle is smart. Not doing so may end up causing expensive damage to your vehicle or someone else’s. Most licensed, reputable tow truck companies in DFW are not as expensive as you might think.

Full-Service Tow Truck Companies Are Not Just for Towing

Even when you’re not in need of a tow, people often forget that a full-service towing company, like Titan, can help with other car related issues as well. From changing a flat tire, to bringing you gas, to recharging or replacing a drained battery, tow truck drivers know how to help. They can even get you back in your car if you’ve locked yourself out.

Any time you may be stranded by the side of the road, think of all of these reasons to call a great, reputable company like Titan Towing. The skilled drivers at Titan can safely, conveniently, and cost-effectively tow your vehicle or get you back on the road.

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