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Winterizing Your Vehicle

Winterizing Your Vehicle

by | Nov 24, 2017 | Uncategorized

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The 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. DMV.org 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.

Tires

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.

Battery

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.

Fluids

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.
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Frozen 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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The 7th Most Dangerous Job in America

During the early morning hours of January 4th, 2019, tow truck driver Keith Holt, 46, was struck and killed in a hit-and-run collision on the shoulder of I-20. He was assisting a woman with a stalled vehicle on the side of the highway, the standard procedure for tow truck drivers, when the white Nissan Altima swerved into the right lane shoulder. This workplace condition was common for Holt, and is a regular work environment for a tow truck operator; a job more dangerous than one might think.

Texas Move-Over Law: Keeping Tow Truck Operators Safe

For Titan Towing drivers, safety is the highest priority as they work in precarious situations to move vehicles out of traffic on busy Dallas-Fort Worth freeways. The tow truck operators depend on other drivers to follow laws that keep them, and other motorists, safe.

Titan Does More Than Towing

If an accident occurs on the roadway, most people know that a tow truck driver can help by moving a damaged vehicle off the road or to another location. However, full-service professionals like Titan Towing do much more.

How to Choose a Good Towing Company

There are lots of towing companies in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Some are full-service, like Titan Towing,while others only do tows. No matter what type of service you need, there are some important factors to consider when choosing a towing company.

Drowsy Drivers After Daylight Saving Time

There are certain times of year when tow truck drivers are busier and one of those times has to do with time itself. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), forty percent more drivers are involved in automobile accidents during Daylight Saving Time which results in about 100,000 more accidents across the country. With many more drivers on the road, heavily populated areas such as Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth, can make the demand for a tow truck go up each spring and fall when Daylight Saving Time occurs.

Avoid the Need for a Tow During the Winter Months

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.

One Hundred Years of Tow Truck History

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.

Your Vehicle’s Towing Capacity

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. It’s the time of year when people get out on the road to enjoy a vacation or to take advantage of the warmer weather for the weekend. For many in the DFW area, this involves everything from visiting the area lakes, to camping, to car shows, and rodeos. Many of these activities include towing a boat, trailer, camper, or other recreational vehicles. So, it’s always important to know your vehicle’s towing capacity.

Stay Safe While Waiting for a Tow

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.

Basic Car Maintenance

There are many reasons someone may need to call a towing company, but having a car break down on the side of the road for poor maintenance should not be one of them. Keeping your car in good running condition is not difficult when you follow a simple schedule and a few basic tips.