Tow Tip

Considering Extended Oil Change Intervals?

Apr 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Features, Tow Tip

Current engine oils are not inexpensive, but perform extraordinarily well. Because of their higher performance, some towers consider increasing the intervals between oil changes, a possible money-saving change in maintenance procedures made even more appealing by the substantial reduction in crankcase acidity due to the […]

Use Care When Towing Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Failure to shut off or disable the 12-volt system on a crashed, burned or burning hybrid gasoline or diesel/electric high voltage vehicle prior to performing your duties could result in serious injury, even death from the unintentional deployment of air bags, severe burns, electrical shock […]

Increased Winch Speed can Cause Damage

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When loading your car carrier, set the winch speed at idle or slightly above, says Peter Fuerst of the International Institute of Towing & Recovery. Setting the speed higher may increase winch line speed, but it can damage the winch, carrier bed or the vehicle […]

Hydraulic Problems? Change the Filter?

Jan 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When there’s a problem with the operation of hydraulic towing equipment functions, as when some or all of the hydraulic functions on the bed fail to work, or work slowly, don’t begin troubleshooting by replacing the hydraulic filter, except when there is an obvious failure […]

Tow Dolly Capacity

Dec 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

The rating or carrying capacity of a tow dolly is usually determined by the size and load range rating of the dolly tires at a specific tire pressure. That’s why it’s important to only use dollies with undamaged tires at the correct pressure. See more […]

Dual Tire Pressure

Nov 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

How important is tire pressure on a set of dual tires? It’s critical, says Dave Jaeger in his November issue Tow Times article “Dual Tires — the Importance of Correct Tire Pressure.” If one tire in a set of duals is five PSI less than […]

Crossing Tie-Down Devices on Car Carriers

Oct 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Should you cross tie-down chains or straps at the rear of vehicles being transported on car carrier decks? International Institute of Towing and Recovery contributing writer Peter Fuerst says caution should be used when crossing tie-downs for several reasons: The attachment hooks will probably not […]

On Safety Chains

Aug 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Did you know: The hook on safety chains should be self-latching to prevent it from disconnecting? The chains must be crossed, with enough slack, and secured so they do not drag? Get more safety chain tips in the Tow Times September issue.

Flare and Traffic Cone Spacing

Jul 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

In general, flares and traffic cones should be spaced approximately ten feet apart for each ten miles per hour that traffic is moving, and far enough back to warn oncoming traffic and allow motorists to merge safely. See “Setting Up the Scene for Safety” in […]

Make a Path for Heavy Rescue Units at Extrication Scenes

Jun 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When a heavy recovery unit is dispatched to an entrapment accident to assist in freeing a victim, the unit’s path to the accident vehicle may be blocked by fire/rescue apparatus and police vehicles. When training with your local fire department to free victims in entrapment […]