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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. 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.


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.


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.


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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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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