Tow Tip

Avoiding a Jackknife

Sep 4th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

How do you avoid jackknifing your truck? Keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road (especially in wet or slippery conditions.) Avoid decelerating at turns or bends. You should attempt to brake in a straight line prior to the turn. Speed can be […]

Use the Right Wire Rope

Aug 17th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

If you decide to use a different cable (wire rope) on your winch than that which came with it, you may overwork the cable or winch and cause damage. For example, if it came with 3/8-inch wire rope, do not change to one half-inch rope […]

Getting Stuck and Unstuck

Jun 5th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Whether it’s snow, ice, mud, sand or anything slippery, getting your truck stuck is no fun — and even worse when you’re driving a tow truck. First and foremost, the number one rule when pulling someone out of the mud is don’t get stuck yourself. […]

Use Care Around Driveways When Recovering Vehicles

Feb 6th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

“When working around driveways, always check them carefully before moving your truck onto them or winching a vehicle across them. Flagstone pavers or cobbled driveways look nice but are somewhat fragile and it can become very expensive to repair cracks or damaged stones. By the […]

Avoid the Traffic Side on Roadside Tows

Oct 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

While avoiding the traffic side of the scene is the best, often there is no alternative to being there. Hooking up to a vehicle may sometimes require you to work close to the roadway to position L-bars or attach a loading bridle. Operating the controls […]

Buying a New Truck? Consider the Importance of the Dealership

Aug 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

While the truck manufacturer will obviously play an important role in how satisfied or dissatisfied you are going to be with your new or used truck, never lose sight of the importance that the dealership ultimately plays in your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with your new […]

You Can Pull it, But Can You Stop It?

Jul 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Some tow truck operators seem to fixate on the tow rating of the truck and forget that the braking ability of the truck is based on its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) not the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR). All truck manufacturers indicate that for […]

Approaching Electric Vehicles

Jun 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When towing/recovering an electric vehicle, always approach the vehicle from the sides to stay out of its potential travel path. It may be difficult to determine if the vehicle is running due to lack of engine noise. For more tips on towing and storing electric […]

What is Your Light-duty Truck’s Towing Capacity?

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When you pick up a vehicle with a tow truck, the weight of the load it is not sitting on the chassis with the front and rear axles sharing the load as the truck manufacturer intended. With a tow truck, the load is now out […]

Check Those Car Carrier Tie-Down Straps

Mar 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Tow Tip

If you use nylon straps as a tie-down on a car carrier, these straps will stretch — often 10-15 percent while in tow. Any tie-down with nylon straps should be checked after a few miles of travel for proper securement. For more vehicle tie-down tips […]