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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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In a previous blog from one year ago, "How to Choose a Good Towing Company", the top criteria was:


  • State Certification

  • Pricing

  • Fast service and Expertise

  • Customer Satisfaction


Titan Towing continues to exemplify all of this criteria and more. When you need a good towing company, one of the best ways to know that you’re making the right choice is to read what previous customers have had to say in addition to making sure they are state certified and in good standing with the state. Following is an update on the feedback from Titan Towing customers over the past year.


Google Reviews:


TexasShopGirl74

5 Stars

4 weeks ago

We have used Titan twice to tow my son's car. Very professional company and trustworthy. My husband has always given Leo(tower/driver) a very generous tip for his services each time he's towed the car; simply because of the quality of service that was provided.



Kristina Wesley

5 Stars

4 weeks ago

After a harrowing night of having my truck stolen and recovered with a broken ignition tumbler I had no choice but to call for a tow.  I obviously did not want to spend anymore time in a dark secluded area where the truck was abandoned (albeit with a police escort) than necessary so I was incredibly thankful to their extremely prompt service.

DJ kept in contact with me finding the place, got the truck hooked up quickly and easily, and updated me as he dropped it off at a repair facility after hours so that it could be worked on the next day.

The pricing was reasonable too.

(Thanks again DJ)


Amber Crawford

5 Stars

a month ago

Used Titan a few times now for my company's fleet- and every time they have been courteous, quick and ethically priced. It's been a pleasure to do business with someone that's honest and good.



Scout Smith

5 Stars

2 months ago

Great service! Fast and friendly.  Would definitely recommend.


Jacob Davis

5 Stars

5 months ago

Quick, helpful, cheap, and knew what he was doing.


Larry Johnson

5 Stars

7 months ago

The service  and employee CHAD was very helpful and respectful and they always try to give you the best price for towing



Jake D

5 Stars

8 months ago


Yelp.com:


M.R.

Fort Worth, TX

3/15/2016


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!


Not all towing companies are alike. Titan Towing works hard to maintain the trust and satisfaction of their customers. As the feedback over the past year shows, with words like, affordable, professionalism, helpful, respectful, friendly, extremely prompt, and trustworthy, Titan continues to build a reputable company that customers throughout the DFW area can rely on.   

This article is ©2016 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


Distracted Driving

Titan Towing employees encounter distracted drivers on the road daily and, unfortunately, are called to more and more accidents which have occurred due to texting while driving.


This is a Hertz rental vehicle that had to be towed. The customer was texting while driving and hit a curb. Not only did the tire blow out at 40 mph, but it did a significant amount of body damage in the process.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in five crashes involves a distracted driver. Also, according to TXDOT, “drivers who use cell phones in their vehicles have a higher risk of collision than drivers who don't, whether holding the phone or using a hands-free device.”

 


Texas has no statewide law banning the use of cellphones while driving, but some local North Texas areas prohibit or limit the use of cellphones while driving. Some of these areas include:


Argyle

Arlington
Bedford
Denton
Farmers Branch
Grand Prairie
Lake Dallas
Little Elm
Rowlett
Watauga

Cellphone prohibitions in Texas include:


  • Drivers with learner's permits who are prohibited from using handheld cellphones in the first six months of driving

  • All drivers under the age of 18 who are prohibited from using wireless communication devices

  • School bus drivers who are prohibited from using cellphones while driving if children are present

  • Drivers, of any age, in school zones, who are prohibited from texting and using handheld devices while driving

Distracted Driving


Fines range from $200 to $500. However, this does not seem to deter drivers from taking a quick glance at their phones or trying to text while driving.


A recent news report by NBC DFW states that currently, Arlington, Bedford, Denton, Farmers Branch, Grand Prairie, Rowlett and Stephenville are the only cities in North Texas that have an ordinance banning texting while driving.


Those seven cities have issued a total of 2,090 citations since the first ordinance was adopted in 2010. However, last year there were 103,576 car crashes involving a distracted driver. 463 of those accidents were fatal.


Laws to prohibit texting while driving do bring more awareness to the issue, but the laws themselves will not prevent accidents. It’s up to all drivers on the road to be responsible when behind the wheel and not put themselves and others in harm’s way just to send a text.


The website DigitalResponsibility.org gives these common sense ways to avoid texting while driving:


  • Make a habit of thinking about what calls or texts you need to send before you begin your trip. Before you start the car, take a moment to think about what information you might need during the trip. For instance, program your GPS at the outset, rather than fiddling with it during the drive. Make that call to ask your mom a question before you’re on the road. Text your friend that vital piece of gossip, then put away the phone.

  • The idea of a designated driver has caught on for drunk driving, and choosing a substitute can be just as useful for distracted driving. Select a friend to be your designated texter while you’re behind the wheel.

  • Stow your phone somewhere you can’t peek at it. Try putting it in the glove compartment (lock it if you must) or inside a purse in the back seat.

  • Silence notifications that tempt you to check your phone.

  • Investigate apps that will help boost your willpower. There are several types of apps on the market, some of them free, that allow you to block incoming messages or send automatic responses to let your friends know you’re driving.

  • Practice patience. Consider whether it’s worth risking your safety—and that of others in your car and on the road—to read a text while driving. Then wait until you’ve reached your destination.

  • Make a promise. If you are a person of your word, consider signing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s pledge against distracted driving. Picturing your name on the pledge could help you keep your thumbs off the phone.

  • If you are driving on a road with safe places to pull over, use them to stop and text.


As much as Titan Towing loves doing their job to get you out of a challenging situation, towing a vehicle for texting while driving is not a call Titan wants to get.

This article is ©2016 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved