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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, 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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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.

This article is ©2017 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved

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.


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.


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 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

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...


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

This article is ©2017 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved

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:


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


Fort Worth, TX


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

ViolationIn Texas, an important tool that can be used prior to needing a tow is the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) violations database. It can easily be searched, online, to see which towing companies have not complied with Texas licensing laws. The laws are in place to protect Texas consumers from companies that may be out to make a quick buck rather than  offering a service built on ethical business practices.

Unfortunately, a search of the TDLR database for towing companies reveals that many of the violations are not minor. Some include company owners failing to disclose past criminal histories, with others failing to adopt and implement an alcohol and drug testing policy, and still others failing to perform towing operations with honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity. This information is extremely important to know because some unscrupulous towing companies simply pay the assessed fines and continue with their unethical business practices.

For example, some of the violators continue to market themselves online as reputable companies, despite their numerous violations with TDLR, in an effort to attract unknowing customers. They may even show up on the first page of a Google search with five star ratings through popular marketing sites. So, it’s important to look beyond advertising and sales techniques to find the true business practices of a company.

Criminal RecordsIn addition, some towing companies may also offer an unbelievably cheap price, but you may end up paying a much higher price in the long run if they employ unlicensed and/or untrained drivers which the TDLR site can reveal. Businesses offering the lowest price are often not paying their front line employees well and this can be reflected in their products and services. For many people in DFW, their vehicle is one of their biggest investments, so paying a little higher price for a tow from a company who invests in licensed and well trained employees is a smart choice to protect your vehicle.   

Follow the steps below to search the TDLR database at

1.  Under  “Search by License Program Type”, select “Tow Truck Companies” OR select “Vehicle Storage Facilities”.

2.  Scroll down to select a city or county.


The data will be displayed on your screen.

As of this writing, there are 70 records for tow truck company violations in Tarrant County and 90 records in Dallas County. Knowing what companies to stay away from, prior to needing a tow, may save you time, money, and frustration when an ethical, reputable company such as Titan Towing may not be available during peak towing times.

This article is ©2016 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved

Over the years, Titan Towing has towed more than just cars and trucks in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Take a look at some of the photos on Titan’s Facebook page and you’ll see a Titan truck moving everything from farming equipment to RV’s to U-Hauls with ease and expertise.

Another area of towing that has seen a rapid increase in recent years is tiny houses. Tiny houses have grown in popularity due to their simplicity and the ability for a homeowner to have a lower cost of living. Many people just starting out, and others who have a desire to downsize, have made the move to a tiny house. However, moving a house, no matter how tiny, can be anything but simple. If you don’t own a truck that is capable of towing a tiny house, you may need to hire a professional towing company. Following are some things to consider when making this decision.

Towing Capacity

A truck’s towing capacity, or weight it can tow, is extremely important. Many tiny houses are 15,000 pounds or more, so a truck with a large engine such as a v8 or a v10 will work best. Always check the manufacturer’s guidelines for exactly how much a truck can tow. Different factors to consider include height, weight, and load.

The height of the tiny house as it sits on a trailer has to be considered when towing through areas with low lying trees and bridges. The weight, including the load (anything in the house), must also be factored in to tow the house correctly and effectively. Also, keep in mind that the weight affects the gas mileage. A truck that normally gets 20 miles to the gallon, may get 10 miles a gallon when towing a tiny house.

Condition of Towing Vehicle

In addition to towing capacity, the condition of the truck you’re using to tow with is important. Towing puts extra stress on a vehicle’s engine, cooling system, and brakes. Also, not having correct tire pressure in your vehicle’s tires, can affect gas mileage and steering.


Some accessories are must haves and others are nice to have. A trailer hitch is definitely a necessity and it must be the right hitch to accommodate the weight of the tiny house that you intend to tow. An accessory such as a trailer brake controller helps slow a truck down when extra weight is being towed and is good to have to help relieve stress on a truck’s brakes.

Legalities and Permits

The trailer for your tiny house should be registered with a valid license plate. In addition, a permit to tow a tiny house usually isn’t needed, but it depends on the size. Check with your local DPS office to make sure a permit is not needed. This will need to be done for every area that you will be traveling in as some states' requirements are different than others.


Insurance coverage will be needed for your truck, your trailer and your tiny house. This will protect not only you, but anyone else if an accident occurs.

The Route

Planning a route to avoid bridges, traffic, potholes and other things such as utility poles and tree branches is not easy in the DFW area. However, keeping some common sense and avoiding rush hour traffic and trying to tow early in the morning as opposed to at night will help alleviate some stress. Also, having a car drive ahead of you to alert you of any obstacles will help too.

If you don’t have a truck to try to move a tiny house yourself, you can always use a professional company like Titan Towing. It may save  you time, money, and keep your tiny house move as stress free as possible.  

This article is ©2016 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved