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Battery Charging

Feb 5th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Older, heavy-duty, roll-around battery chargers are only suitable for use with flooded lead-acid batteries, never on valve-regulated, lead-acid batteries. If you do not have one of the newer “smart” chargers, consider purchasing one. Many of these chargers can sense the type of battery as well […]



Damage to Your Tow Truck and Filing an Insurance Claim?

Jan 11th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

“To be prepared to handle an insurance claim involving damage to your commercial truck, first consult your policy. Read it and ask your agent about anything you don’t understand. Have the agent put his or her answers in writing. By knowing what to expect you’re […]



Driving in Fog

Dec 15th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

The visibility in front of you will sharply decrease in a fog so use the vehicle’s low-beam lights (if the vehicle does not have fog lights or driving lights). Heavy fog conditions prohibit use of high beam headlights because the light from high beams will […]



Towing a Vehicle Hauling a Trailer

Nov 20th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When attempting to tow a disabled vehicle already connected to a trailer, less is more. In other words, if you can separate the two and leave the trailer in a secured place or tow it separately, the better off you may be. If you have […]



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 […]