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Some safety tips that many people are aware of while waiting for a tow truck to arrive are to turn on their hazard lights and to make sure their vehicle is out of the way of traffic. There are also several other precautions for drivers in the Dallas Fort Worth area that can ensure you are doing everything possible to keep yourself out of harm's way until help arrives.

After turning on your hazard lights and making sure your car is out of traffic:

Stay in Your Vehicle

There are countless videos online which show people, civilians and emergency personnel alike, narrowly escaping oncoming traffic, yet people often think it won't happen to them.

Unless your vehicle is on fire, it really is the safest place to be when you are having car trouble on the road. As tempting as it may be to get out and inspect your vehicle for damage in a minor fender bender, or to see why it stopped running, staying inside of it until your tow truck driver arrives is the safest place you can be. This is especially true at night and when you're on the side of a busy highway. Your car, even when it's disabled, provides a level of protection you wouldn't have otherwise.


Be Cautious if Approached by Others

Be aware of your surroundings before a tow truck arrives and lock all of your doors. If anyone other than a police officer, or other public safety official, approaches your car, be cautious. Many people mean no harm and only want to help, but there are others who want to take advantage of your situation. If someone, other than a safety officer, approaches, do not roll down your window completely. Crack your window and let them know help is on the way. Never accept a ride from anyone.

Get the Name and License Number of Your Tow Truck Driver

When you call for a tow truck, it's important to get the name and license number of the driver who will be assisting you. This will ensure your safety against unscrupulous tow truck drivers who want to fraudulently take your money or your vehicle. Reputable, licensed companies like Titan Towing will gladly provide you with their name and state license number prior to assisting you.

Keeping all of these safety precautions in mind can ensure you will keep your disabled vehicle, and yourself, out of a much more detrimental situation.   

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Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. It's the time of year when people get out on the road to enjoy a vacation or to take advantage of the warmer weather for the weekend. For many in the DFW area, this involves everything from visiting the area lakes, to camping,  to car shows, and rodeos. Many of these activities include towing a boat, trailer, camper, or other recreational vehicles. So, it's always important to know your vehicle's towing capacity. 

Towing capacity is simply the total weight that your vehicle can tow, but sometimes it's not that simple. Many factors can influence towing capacity such as extra weight put on,  or in, whatever you are towing, your vehicle's tires, and the ability to brake effectively. Also important is the towing  mechanism itself, such as the hitch and ball, which must always be in good condition and adhered properly to ensure a safe tow.

Something else to keep in mind is that your vehicle's overall gas mileage will be affected by the extra weight you are towing. It's important not to try to exceed posted speed limits as this will burn more fuel and may cause whatever you're towing to become unstable especially in sharp turns.  

For campers, CampingLife.com has a great database to ensure your car or truck can handle whatever you intend on towing. However, it's always best to refer to your vehicle's owner's manual. The owner's manual will tell you the specifics of what your vehicle can tow effectively.

Prior to your trip, plan your route to ensure you will be familiar not only with the roads, but the length of time needed to arrive at your destination safely. In many areas of the country, you are required to stay in the right hand lane when towing except for passing. So, your ability to see what you are towing and beyond it, for other vehicles, is imperative for the safety of everyone on the road. State laws on towing differ, but can be accessed at the American Automobile Association (AAA) website at:

http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/trailer-towing/

For example, the towing law in Texas as displayed on the AAA website is:

"A person may not ride in a house trailer while it is being towed."

However, the state law for Louisiana is much more detailed:

"The connection between 2 vehicles when 1 is towing the other must be of sufficient strength to pull all weight towed.

The connection must not exceed 15 feet.

When the connection between a vehicle and a towed vehicle is a chain, rope, or cable, a red flag or cloth at least 1-foot square must be displayed on the connection between sunrise and sunset, and a red light visible for a distance of at least 500 feet must be visible on the connection between sunset and sunrise.

Maximum of 2 trailers may be towed behind passenger or pleasure vehicles."

Knowing your towing capacity, state laws, and putting safety first as you plan your next vacation or weekend can help ensure that you will not end up needing a tow yourself.

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There are lots of people in history that helped shaped the world we live in today. Many of them were inventors like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison who saw a need for improvement and created inventions to change a situation for the better. One such inventor, not as well known as Franklin and Edison, but just as important nonetheless was Ernest Holmes, Sr. 

One hundred years ago, in 1916, Ernest owned a service station in Chattanooga, Tennessee. When he and others heard about a man whose Model T was stuck in a creek, they worked many hours to retrieve it and Ernest knew there had to be a better way.

Shortly after that, he and two other men, L. C. Decker and Elmer Gross, set out to build the first tow truck. Like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison, their first attempts weren't completely successful. However, they kept at it and improved on each attempt, adding important safety mechanisms, to ensure their tow truck could perform properly.

Holmes patented the tow truck idea creating a business he called, Holmes Wreckers and he began selling the tow trucks to other service stations. His family owned the business until 1973 when it was sold to Miller Industries, the largest manufacturer of wreckers in the world.

With Ernest Holmes, Sr. having lived in Chattanooga, TN, it's only fitting that the city is home to The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum features almost three hundred men and women who have contributed to the success of the towing industry. Also, on the museum grounds, is The Wall of the Fallen which is dedicated to tow truck personnel who have died in the line of service.

The trucks displayed at the museum include everything from toy tow truck collections to the early vehicles built by Holmes and others such as Manley, Vulcan, and Weaver. The museum is a fitting tribute to all that Ernest Holmes, Sr., and those that came after him, have done for the towing industry for the past one hundred years.

Titan Towing is proud to be a part of the vision that Holmes had to rescue stranded drivers using the safest, most efficient equipment. Many of his ideas about safety are still utilized to this day. Professional tow truck drivers from Chattanooga, TN to Arlington, Texas, and all over the country, have Holmes to thank for his insight in creating a thriving towing industry.

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Winter weather is just around the corner in DFW bringing the possibility of snow, ice, and increased calls to Titan Towing. During prior winters, we have seen how severe weather can create an unintended ice rink on the roadways of Fort Worth, Arlington, the Mid-Cities, and everywhere in-between. However, that does not mean you will be the one who may need a tow if you take some simple precautions.      

The most obvious way, as announced by all of the area news stations each time snow and ice occurs, is to stay off the roads until the weather clears. However, many people don’t have that luxury as they have to make their way to and from work. If you have to venture out, below are some guidelines that can lessen the chance of an accident 

Drive Slowly and Allow Space  

It seems like common sense, but a driver’s reaction time is much better when driving at a slower rate of speed rather than when in a rush.  This is true no matter what the weather is like. Nonetheless, in bad weather there are always those drivers who can’t seem to slow down and sooner or later find themselves sliding out of control.  

For drivers who understand the importance of taking it slow, it’s also important to leave plenty of space between yourself and other drivers or objects when the roads are bad. Even when traveling at a slower pace, slick roads can make it impossible to avoid a slow impact if you don't allow enough room between yourself and other drivers and objects.  

Use Your Vehicle’s Safety Features 

Most new vehicles, manufactured within the past few years, come standard with safety features designed to keep you out of harm’s way. One very important feature is anti-lock brakes (ABS). ABS can prevent your car from locking up on a slick road allowing you to brake and steer effectively  

Prior to cars having ABS, drivers were told to “pump” their brakes in icy weather to avoid the brakes from locking up. With ABS, the opposite is true. It is NOT necessary to pump your brakes as this may disable the ABS preventing you from braking and steering properly as needed. Just apply firm pressure to ABS brakes which will ensure the system works as it should.   

Another feature of some cars or trucks that can help in slick conditions, and especially in snow, is four-wheel or all-wheel drive. Maneuverability is much easier with four-wheel drive and can prevent your vehicle from getting stuck. 

Even when following the safety measures mentioned above and utilizing your car’s safety features, sometimes an accident just can’t be avoided in severe winter weather. If you are involved in an accident or find yourself stranded due to a vehicle malfunction, the best advice from seasoned tow truck drivers is to stay in your vehicle if at all possible. This will lessen the chance of injury if other drivers lose control due to the snow and ice.  

  

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There are certain times of year when tow truck drivers are busier and one of those times has to do with time itself. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), forty percent more drivers are involved in automobile accidents during Daylight Saving Time which results in about 100,000 more accidents across the country. With many more drivers on the road, heavily populated areas such as Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth, can make the demand for a tow truck go up each spring and fall when Daylight Saving Time occurs.  

Obviously, driving while drowsy can cause accidents and this can be due to many factors besides Daylight Saving Time such as a simple lack of sleep, medications, or extreme stress. Also, it’s not just Daylight Saving Time in the spring, when clocks are set forward and drivers lose an hour of sleep that drowsiness can occur. A person’s internal clock is affected every time external clocks are moved forward or back.

Ironically, it takes time to adjust to a new time, but there are some ways to avoid having to call a tow truck during the transition. WebMD says it can take one day to adjust to one hour of time change, but doing things like going to bed earlier, exposing yourself to more light once you are up for the day, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol can make the transition a little smoother. 

In a couple of weeks, On November 1st, the clocks will be moved back an hour once again and undoubtedly, there will be thousands of sleepy drivers on the road. During this time, lots of people wonder how and why Daylight Saving Time came about.

Almanac.com states that it was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. This might be why many people think it was put in place in the U.S. to allow farmers more time to work their farms. However, “the Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones.” Soon after, it was actually repealed by dairy farmers in 1920 due to the fact that “cows don’t pay attention to clocks”. It was put in place again during World War II, year round, to save on fuel and since then, it’s been used off and on with different start dates. The most recent reason given for DST is that it helps save energy, but that is highly debatable.

No matter why Daylight Saving Time occurs, as the time change approaches, it’s important to keep in mind that drivers in the Dallas Fort Worth area, and around the country, can be adversely affected by it. If an accident happens due to Daylight Saving Time, or for any other reason, tow truck drivers like those at Titan Towing are always available, day or night, to handle your vehicle promptly and professionally. However, being more aware while driving during Daylight Saving Time, or any other time, will help keep the roads safer overall.

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There are lots of towing companies in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Some are full-service, like Titan Towing, while others only do tows. No matter what type of service you need, there are some important factors to consider when choosing a towing company.   

State Certification 

First and foremost, a towing company should be certified through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) www.tdlr.texas.gov. The TDLR makes sure tow truck companies adhere to safety standards to keep you and their drivers safe. The department performs inspections to make sure Texas tow truck companies: 

  • Are following adopted drug test policies 

  • Have tow operator licenses up-to-date 

  • Have proof of Liability Insurance 

  • Have a manufacturer’s data plate, or document from the manufacturer, stating the capacity of their boom, winch, or carry mechanism 

  • Have a winch in good condition (not exceeding capacity of boom or leaking oil) 

  • Keep hydraulic lines free of leaks and in good condition 

  • Have cables meeting manufacturer’s specifications and in good condition 

  • Display signage properly 

A good towing company will be fully certified and have a clean record with the state. Making sure that a towing company is licensed is as easy as going to the TDLR website above. The site also provides access to customer complaints, so you will know which companies to avoid. 

Pricing 

Fair pricing is a good indicator that a towing company is not out to just make a buck, but to continually build their customer base by providing affordable rates. A quick Google search can give you a good idea of what the going rate is for a variety of towing services. A rate that seems too good to be true probably is and may not be from a reputable company with long term goals of staying in business 

Fast Service and Expertise 

Since it’s usually a stressful situation that prompts your need for a towing company in the first place, calling a company already known for their ability to quickly and accurately assist drivers will help put your mind at ease. No one wants a tow driver who takes a long time to show up and then isn't sure of how to handle a situation.                 

Customer Satisfaction 

One of the best ways to determine which towing companies provide excellent service is from customer feedback on Google and Yahoo.  

Following is Titan Towing's customer feedback which speaks volumes about their quality service and expertise: 

Google Reviews

C.J. Shull 

I was in an accident unfortunately and my Jeep was sitting in the middle of an intersection. The police warned me if I wasn't able to move it in the next 15 minutes it would have to be towed by a city wrecker. Titan was fast enough to get there and move my vehicle and save me the outrageous bill from the impound. Big recommendations!  

Shane Neuser  

Very honest and friendly. They have fair prices and make a bad situation as smooth as they can.  

Cary Miller 

Fantastic service. I had called 6 other tow companies trying to find a wrecker due to my insurance sanctioned tower running late. Most tow companies are not personable and are extremely hesitant to give you a realistic expectation. The individual who helped me gave me a honest time window and arrived before it, on a very cold and rainy day. Not only met but exceeded my expectations. Too often we rely on the cheapest tower, and service suffers because of it. I am very thankful for the level and care that was provided and will definitely use Titan Towing again.  

Google User 

They were very friendly and helpful! Very reasonable price. They even took my boyfriend to get his car so he could come pick me up at the car shop for no extra charge. I highly recommend them to everyone. 

Google User 

These guys are the only tow guys that I have ran across that keep wooden ramps, my car is very low to the ground and they took the time to keep the car from tearing up the bumper cover. No extra charge! Will do business again.” 

Yahoo Reviews  

Craig  

Great service. Very affordable, fast, and flexible! I broke down on 30 in Arlington and Kyle was there in less than 30 minutes. 

Christine 

 I ran out of gas last week and my husband couldnt get there for a long time. I had my toddler daughter with me so I was anxious to get on the road again. Kyle from Titan Towing showed up quickly and was very friendly and helpful. Even spoke to my daughter and was very sweet to her, putting her at ease with a stranger messing with Mommy’s car! Very grateful to Titan Towing and will definitely use them if I need a tow or roadside assistance again (but hopefully not any time soon!). Highly recommend to you and yours! 

When selecting a towing business, a certified, knowledgeable company with fair pricing, fast service and customer satisfaction is key. Titan Towing meets all of these factors and can make your towing experience the best it can be. 

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If an accident occurs on the roadway, most people know that a tow truck driver can help by moving a damaged vehicle off the road or to another location.  However, full-service professionals like Titan Towing do much more.  

Titan’s drivers provide roadside assistance such as helping with lock-outs, jump starting vehicles, winch-out services, and refueling. They are also experts in transporting heavy vehicles and machinery when needed. 

Roadside Assistance

Vehicle Lockouts

When you’ve locked your keys in your car, the first person you may think of calling is a locksmith, but Titan Towing drivers have the tools and expertise to do the job quickly and more cost effectively. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, some locksmiths charge three to four times what Titan charges for a lock-out and Titan is available anytime day or night when many locksmiths may not be.       

Jump Starts

Car batteries can be unreliable and no one wants to hear the dreaded clicking sound a car makes when the battery is dead. Titan Towing can come to the rescue to get your battery recharged and get your disabled vehicle back on the road quickly. If your car’s battery is not rechargeable, Titan can replace it with a new one or let you know if a more extensive repair may be needed.

Mud Pulls and Winch-Out Services

Inclement weather such as heavy rain or snow can result in slippery, sludgy roads. Getting stuck in the mud or sliding into a ditch is not fun for anyone. No matter what causes you to get stuck, Titan’s powerful equipment can safely pull your vehicle out of a sticky situation.

Fuel Delivery

No one intends to run out of gas, but it happens to motorists quite frequently. It can also leave you in a dangerous situation depending on where your car comes to a stop. Instead of inconveniencing a friend or relative, or causing a potentially unsafe situation by walking to a gas station, or asking a stranger for help, Titan drivers can deliver the fuel you need to get your vehicle started again.  

Unique Vehicles and Heavy Equipment

Classic and Luxury Cars, and Motorcycles

If you have a classic cruiser, a vintage motorcycle, or a luxury roadster that you consider to be your “baby”, Titan’s professionals will treat it with the utmost care. They’ve transported everything from 1950’s coups, to Harley Davidson’s, to Aston Martin’s, and have the expertise to keep your special vehicle in top-notch shape.

Heavy Vehicles or Machinery

Transporting heavier vehicles such as passenger cars, vans, SUVs, and trucks up to 1-ton is Titan’s specialty. In addition, farming equipment, drill presses, and forklifts are just a few examples of the heavy machinery they have transported recently. Their flatbed and wheel lift trucks, along with their professional operators, allow them to safely move heavier vehicles and machinery with ease.   

Titan Towing is a true full-service towing company. They consistently go above and beyond their duties in helping motorists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making them a leader in their industry.

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For Titan Towing drivers, safety is the highest priority as they work in precarious situations to move vehicles out of traffic on busy Dallas-Fort Worth freeways. The tow truck operators depend on other drivers to follow laws that keep them, and other motorists, safe.

Unfortunately, last May, an individual who was not adhering to the Texas Move-Over Law, struck a Titan Towing truck as he was working a wreck on a DFW highway. The individual was on her cell phone, making a payment with her debit card, while she was driving. Fortunately, everyone was okay but many times this is not the case.

The Move-Over Law was implemented in Texas in 2003 and initially referred to emergency vehicles only. The law required drivers in the right hand lane, who came upon emergency vehicles parked on the shoulder of the right lane, to slow down to twenty miles per hour (or five miles per hour if the speed limit was under twenty-five) and move over to the next lane to the left if possible.

In 2011, that law was amended to include tow truck operators.

In a Texas Department of Public Safety news release from June 2012, DPS Director, Steven McCraw stated:

“This law is about providing extra protection for those individuals on the side of the road doing their jobs, as well as the people on the roadside with them. Thanks to this new provision, tow truck drivers, who are usually helping motorists in distress, now have additional protection under the law so they can do their jobs in a safer environment.”

Penalties for not following the Move-Over Law could result in fines up to $200 and the punishment is more severe if there is property damage. Jail time is also possible if someone is injured.

The law was amended once again in 2013 to include Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) workers.

In 2014, DPS issued over 17,000 warnings and citations in relation to the Move-Over Law. Many people are not aware of the law, were distracted and not observing the law, or were simply ignoring the law.

Distracted drivers like the one who struck the Titan Towing truck last spring are all too common in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and across the nation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control,"Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.”

It seems like common sense to not be “doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving”, yet thousands of people a day talk, text, eat, read, and even brush their teeth while operating a motor vehicle putting themselves and others in potentially dangerous situations. Adhering to a law, such as the Texas Move-Over Law, enacted to keep yourself and others safe on the road, should be a top priority. Doing otherwise may result in a citation, having your vehicle towed, or a much more serious situation.

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