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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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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