Tow Tip

Benefits of Grille Covers

Sep 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Editor’s Note: Tow Times maintenance editor A.P. McDonald provides tow truck winter-proofing tips, Alaskan-style, in the Tow Times October 2012 issue. Although you may not operate in minus-50-degree temperatures, these tips can be helpful to keep your fleet going strong this winter. Here’s an excerpt […]



Maintain Coolant Levels in Hot Weather Extremes

Aug 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

With extreme hot weather comes the need to make sure your tow truck’s coolant levels are constantly maintained. Coolant loss should be promptly investigated. Leaks that leave puddles or visible drip trails may be easy to locate and correct with a fix as simple as […]



Outline that Truck for Safety

Jul 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Among the ways researchers have found that first responders can improve the ability of motorists to see and recognize emergency vehicles includes using retro-reflective material to outline an emergency vehicle with “contour” or “edge” markings, especially on large vehicles. Get more tips about visibility and […]



Winching Basics

Jun 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Once your winch cable is connected to a disabled vehicle, moving your tow truck under load is discouraged due to lack of control and possible shock loads. Read many more winching tips from safety columnist Patrick Gratzianna in the June issue of Tow Times.



Watch That Curve

May 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Did you know that every curve in the road has a scientifically-determined “critical speed”? If you drive the curve faster than its critical speed, your truck will lose control and send you sliding into the ditch. In order to figure the critical speed you need […]



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 […]