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Less Towing in DFW Through Increased Safety FeaturesOne of the most prevalent activities for many tow truck companies in Arlington, Texas, and surrounding areas, is providing towing after an auto accident. Even minor crashes can leave some types of vehicles inoperable and in need of a tow. However, with some newly manufactured cars, SUVs, and trucks, this is starting to change.

According to a recent article in Consumer Reports Magazine safety systems in newer vehicles include:

  • Automatic emergency braking (AEB): Brakes are automatically applied to prevent a collision or reduce collision speed.
  • Forward-collision warning (FCW): Visual and/or audible warning intended alert the driver and prevent a collision.
  • Blind-spot warning (BSW): Visual and/or audible notification of vehicle in blind spot. The system may provide an additional warning if you use your turn signal when there is a car next to you in another lane.
  • Rear cross-traffic warning: Visual, audible, or haptic notification of object or vehicle out of rear camera range but could be moving into it.
  • Rear automatic emergency braking (Rear AEB): Brakes are automatically applied to prevent backing into something behind the vehicle. This could be triggered by the rear cross-traffic system, or other sensors on the vehicle.
  • Lane-departure warning (LDW): Visual, audible, or haptic warning to alert the driver when they are crossing lane markings.
  • Lane-keeping assist (LKA): Automatic corrective steering input or braking provided by the vehicle when crossing lane markings.
  • Lane-centering assist: Continuous active steering to stay in between lanes (active steer, autosteer, etc.)
  • Adaptive cruise control: Adaptive cruise uses lasers, radar, cameras, or a combination of these systems to keep a constant distance between you and the car ahead, automatically maintaining a safe following distance. If highway traffic slows, some systems will bring the car to a complete stop and automatically come back to speed when traffic gets going again, allowing the driver to do little more than pay attention and steer.

Autonomous smart carSafety features are a must for some car buyers while others aren’t yet sold on the technology preferring to rely on their own driving skills. For many consumers, how a vehicle performs in controlled tests by manufacturers is one thing, but how a driver utilizes automatic safety features in real life is quite another.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - Highway Loss Data Institute reports in their first study that “vehicles equipped with front end crash prevention are much less likely to rear-end other vehicles.” This information was obtained by using actual U.S. police-reported crash data and the institute found that systems with automatic braking had a 40 percent reduction in rear-end crashes. They also found that autobraking reduced injury crashes significantly.

How does this affect the towing industry? Most reputable towing companies in DFW are all in favor of increased vehicle safety as they, and their family and friends, drive throughout the DFW metroplex daily. Automatic safety features, unfortunately, have not negated vehicle crashes altogether and until they do, premier towing companies in Fort Worth, such as Titan Towing, will always be available, day or night, to help stranded motorists recover from vehicle accidents.

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Winter Weather Driving in DFWTowing in DFW has increased as winter weather is in full swing and Titan Towing is always ready and available to help with your towing needs. Although we have not yet had a significant ice or snow event this year, it’s good to keep in mind some winter weather driving tips before one occurs.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDOT) reminds us that information on road conditions around the state are available at DriveTexas and they offer these driving tips to ensure a safe commute in DFW, and around the state, during the winter months.

Driving Tips

Slow down. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions. Also remember to:




  • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
  • Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet behind snow plows.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
  • If your vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction. Then straighten your vehicle.

In addition to TxDOT tips, to avoid the need for towing in DFW, the Texas Department of Insurance offers some additional cold weather driving advice such as:

  • Winterize vehicles before you get on the road. Have a mechanic check the battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, headlights, hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, tire pressure and tread, and oil level. If necessary, replace existing oil with the manufacturer’s recommended type and grade of winter oil. Keep your gas tank full.
  • Plan ahead. Choose the safest routes and times of day, and allow plenty of time for travel. Drivers should exercise patience, because trip times increase in winter weather.
  • Buckle up. Drivers and passengers should always wear seat belts, especially when children are passengers.
  • Stay sober-minded. Consuming alcohol or taking prescription or other drugs can impair a driver’s judgment, vision, and reaction time.
  • Stay in the vehicle if you are stranded or stalled. Drivers should carry a charged cell phone or two-way radio to call for help and notify authorities of their location.

Snowplow truckThe National Weather Service recommends keeping an emergency winter supply kit in your car that may contain:

  • cell phone, charger, and extra battery
  • battery-operated or hand-crank radio
  • jumper cables
  • spare tire
  • flares
  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • first-aid kit
  • water (1 gallon of water per person per day for at least three days)
  • non-perishable food and a manual can opener
  • warm clothing
  • matches
  • sand or cat litter
  • snow shovel and brush
  • windshield scraper and brush
  • basic toolkit (pliers, wrench, screwdriver)
  • tow rope
  • compass
  • road maps

Following winter weather driving tips and having an emergency kit may lessen your need for a tow in the winter months. However, if you, or a friend, needs towing or roadside assistance in DFW, Titan Towing is available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Tire and Wheel ServiceUnfortunately, there are many reasons for flat tires, but some are more common than others. Following are some of the top reasons for a flat tire, which may result in the need for roadside assistance in DFW, and some ways to avoid them.


Temperatures in North Texas can stay hot for many months, without a cool down, and the heat outside causes increased air pressure on the inside of your tires. Too much pressure can cause a tire to pop. As much as one pound of pressure per square inch can be lost or gained depending on the outside temperature. Check your tire pressure, weekly, and adjust as necessary making sure not to over-inflate your tires.

Daily Wear

Normal wear and tear on your car’s tires causes them to lose tread and simply wear out. A tire with lost tread, or no tread, can be more likely to pop or go flat. No tread also lessens braking ability which can result in an accident. Replace tires with worn tread once the tread is less than 2/32".

Inflate tiresValve Stem Leakage

The valve stem can cause leaks when it becomes old, worn, or excessively dirty. If it becomes damaged, your tire will become much more susceptible to popping. If you notice that your valve stem may cause a problem, it can easily be replaced by an automotive repair or tire shop.

Road Hazards

Road hazards are a big reason that drivers in the DFW area have tire and other types of issues that require roadside assistance. With so much construction going on in the area, there is often debris on the road that can cause a flat tire and other car damage. Keep focused on the road ahead of you to stay out of the way of debris if at all possible.

Tire Bead Leakage

Tire bead is the sealing surface of your tires and over time, it can become worn and result in slow air loss. To test for this, you can apply soapy water to the tires. If you have tire bead leakage, bubbles will form on the surface of your tires due to the air being expelled.

Car Alignment

Your car can become misaligned through normal use and even more so if you’ve hit a curb or two. A car out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and shortens their functional life span. Most tire stores offer free alignment if you bought your tires there, so use that service as needed. It’s recommended to rotate your tires every five thousand to six thousand miles, or every time you get an oil change.

Sometimes, getting a flat tire is just inevitable. If you do find yourself on the side of the road, help is always available. Titan Towing offers affordable roadside assistance in DFW for flat tires, and many other car related issues, and is always happy to help.

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Reduce SpeedWe wrote about the Texas Move Over Law two years ago and wanted to provide more information about this important law which was first enacted in 2003. It was initially implemented to keep law enforcement officers and first responders safe as they work accidents and provide public safety on Texas roads and highways. It has since been amended to include tow truck drivers and Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT)  workers. However, even though the law has been in place for almost fifteen years in Texas, and drivers who fail to abide by the law can face hefty fines, accidents are still occurring.

There are now Move Over Laws in all fifty states, but statistics show that, on average, six to eight fire rescue and EMS workers are killed while working in, or near, moving traffic each year while ten to twelve police officers are killed. This information was provided by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, a national advisory group of public safety and transportation experts. Unfortunately, the statistics for tow truck operators is much more grim.

While people are now more aware of the Move Over Law as it applies to public safety vehicles and even Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) employees, many are still not aware that the law applies to tow truck operators as well.

The International Towing and Recovery Museum has a “Wall of the Fallen” which, unfortunately, as of September last year, has over 400 individuals killed while  serving in the towing and road service industry. According to Jeffrey Godwin, chair of the “Wall of the Fallen” and its survivor fund, one towing operator dies every six days while on the job.

Reduce SpeedThe law is found within Texas Transportation Code - TRANSP § 545.157. Passing Certain Vehicles
and reads as follows:

"(a) This section applies only to the following vehicles:
(1) a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702;
(2) a stationary tow truck using equipment authorized by Section 547.305(d);  and
(3) a Texas Department of Transportation vehicle not separated from the roadway by a traffic control channelizing device and using visual signals that comply with the standards and specifications adopted under Section 547.105.
(b) On approaching a vehicle described by Subsection (a), an operator, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, shall:
(1) vacate the lane closest to the vehicle when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the vehicle;  or
(2) slow to a speed not to exceed:
(A) 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more;  or
(B) five miles per hour when the posted speed limit is less than 25 miles per hour.
(c) A violation of this section is:
(1) a misdemeanor punishable under Section 542.401;
(2) a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 if the violation results in property damage;  or
(3) a Class B misdemeanor if the violation results in bodily injury.
(d) If conduct constituting an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under another section of this code or the Penal Code, the actor may be prosecuted under either section or under both sections.
(e) In this section:
(1) “Tow truck” means a vehicle that:
(A) has been issued a permit under Subchapter C, Chapter 2308, Occupations Code;  and
(B) is operated by a person licensed under Subchapter D, Chapter 2308, Occupations Code.

(2) “Traffic control channelizing device” means equipment used to warn and alert drivers of conditions created by work activities in or near the traveled way, to protect workers in a temporary traffic control zone, and to guide drivers and pedestrians safely.  The term includes a traffic cone, tubular marker, vertical panel, drum, barricade, temporary raised island, concrete or cable barrier, guardrail, or channelizer."

Public Awareness is Key

Safety experts agree that public awareness of the Move Over Law is imperative to lowering the statistics of those injured or killed. Sometimes, drivers distracted by technology can be the cause of injuries and deaths on the nation’s roadways. So, law enforcement officials in many states are using that same technology, through social media such as Facebook and Twitter, to get the word out about the Move Over Law.

If you are reading this from Titan Towing's Facebook page or the Titan Towing website, please share it to make others more aware of the law and help keep our driver's safe.

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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...


© 2017 by Wells Media Group, Inc.


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.

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Distracted driverWith the new year just around the corner, many North Texas drivers have a lot on their minds. The normal hustle and bustle around DFW is even more hectic with extra shopping, attending or hosting holiday parties, and out-of-town visitors. All of this results in the need for multi-tasking in an attempt to get everything done.

The sprawling highways of Dallas and Fort Worth have lots of people in their cars more often than they might want to be. Many have used that time to try to accomplish other goals besides driving, otherwise known as distracted driving. One of the biggest, is texting while driving, which we wrote about last summer, but according to the website,, “Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving.” All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Some of these distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

However, recent studies have also shown that a wandering mind can affect driving performance just as much. Focusing on things other than the task at hand usually occurs when you’re doing mundane or familiar tasks, such as brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or driving.

During the holidays, and especially around New Year’s Eve, there is always a heightened awareness of the perils of drinking and driving, but a wandering mind while driving can have similar results.  Serious consequences don’t usually happen if your mind wanders while you’re brushing your teeth, but operating a moving vehicle while your mind is somewhere else, can cause a serious accident.

As a premier DFW towing company, Titan Towing has often seen the result of distracted drivers in North Texas. No matter what causes you to become distracted, there are some common sense ways to avoid it. The recommends:

  • Stay calm.
    • Anxiety and stress can be a big distraction. Take deep breaths and keep your focus on the road. Pull over.
    • If, for whatever reason, you can't seem to keep your focus, find a safe place to pull over and take a break. Avoid pulling over on the side of a busy street, or in dark and isolated places.
  • Keep the peace.
    • Driving is not the time for arguments, which can be VERY distracting. Save the fight for when you are in a safer setting.
  • Use your passengers.
    • When possible, put your passenger in charge of tasks like temperature control or changing the music.
  • Know your dials.
    • This is especially important when you are driving a new car, or a car you are not used to driving.
    • Get to know the car's controls BEFORE you start driving. This will help minimize distractions in cases where you must use one of the car's controls.
  • Use your radio presets.
    • Most car stereos allow you to preset stations so that you only have to press one button to hear what you want.
  • Make adjustments before you start driving. These include:
    • Mirrors.
    • Seat.
    • Steering wheel.
  • Stay off your phone.
    • Cell phone use, whether for texting or talking, is a huge distraction. Put your phone away, and do not let yourself use it until you are out of your car.
    • There are even some smartphone apps that will help keep you from driving distracted.
  • Be rested and satisfied.
    • If you are going for a long trip, make sure you have had plenty of rest, food, and drink.
    • Remember to factor meal times into your schedule so that you don't feel pressured into eating while driving to make it to your destination on time.
  • Set up your GPS before you start driving.

Following these tips can keep you, and others, safer on the road in the new year.

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:


Farmers Branch
Grand Prairie
Lake Dallas
Little Elm

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 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.

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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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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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