Tow Tip

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 […]



Avoiding Confrontations

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

For repossession agents, getting the job done without confrontation is the best outcome, but having skills to deal with confrontational people is always a plus on and off the job. How do you de-escalate a confrontational situation? Here are some tips from Ron L. Brown, […]



Preventing Stripped Splines

Apr 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Spline fretting can wreak havoc on hydraulic pumps and PTOs, resulting in stripped splines. Spline fretting is a minute harmonic vibration that occurs between the spline joint, causing the splines to wear away. To help prevent it, separate the pump from the PTO, clean it […]



Winch Lubricant Checks are a Must

Mar 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

The most common winch on a tow truck or carrier is a worm drive winch in which a steel worm gear drives a brass gear wheel, which in turn turns the winch drum. With only a pint or so of lubricant in the winch, a […]



Lightweight Gauge Jumper Cables Can’t Take the Heat

Feb 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When jumpstarting, use quality jumper cables. Smaller, inferior cables may be adequate to provide a simple boost to a dead battery but cannot withstand the intense current when cranking the vehicle. In some cases, smaller, lightweight gauge cables will overheat because of their higher electrical […]



How to Not Do Damage to Vehicles When Performing Lockouts

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

What’s the first step to unlocking a modern car without doing damage to the vehicle? Understand how the car is built. Government side-impact crash standards required on every car sold in the U.S. since 1996 have significantly changed how vehicle doors are built, and how […]



Fight Corrosion from De-Icing Agents

Dec 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Tow Tip

New chemical salt mixtures applied to road surfaces to control icing increase corrosion problems for lowboy trailers in winter months. The only way to mitigate the devastating effects of these de-icing agents is to aggressively pressure wash your equipment as soon as possible after exposure. […]