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Safety Tips For A Solo Road Trip

Road tripping on your own can be a very fulfilling opportunity, as it gives you plenty of time for introspection and a means to test yourself so that you can grow as a person. Of course, there are also more personal safety concerns that you will need to keep in mind if you are planning to travel solo. The following are a few tips to ensure you have a safe trip. Tip #1: Have a basic itinerary While there is no reason to be tied to a schedule, you do need to provide someone back at home with your basic trip plan. Include destinations and a basic route, along with any details you may have in advance about lodging. Fortunately, technology makes it easy to keep this updated. Simply checking in with your person at home once a day to update them on your location and plans can go a long way toward keeping you safe. Tip #2: Invest in a personal locator device The small units are popular with hikers, mountain climbers, and others that spend a lot of time off the beaten trail. They are also a good idea for solo road trippers. The devices are small because they are designed to be worn. Many can be tracked via GPS, so a family member can check your location online or via a smartphone app as needed. They can even contain a personal beacon, which allows you to send out a distress signal to notify local emergency crews if something were to happen. Tip #3: Invest in roadside assistance It can be unsafe to be broken down in unfamiliar territory, especially if you aren’t sure where to turn to for help. Before heading out on your adventure, sign up for an emergency roadside service plan. This way you will have access to a large network of local tow truck and assistance providers where ever you happen to be. When signing up for a plan, look for one with app- or text-based capabilities. If you aren’t sure what service to go with, talk to a trusted tow company in your area and see who they recommend. Sometimes it’s hard to get a cell signal in rural locations, but you data and text messages can still be sent out. Tip #4: Stock the car Finally, make sure the car is stocked up and ready for emergencies. This means keeping personal safety […]

Easy Ways To Reduce A Towing Bill

Receiving a towing bill is never going to be a happy experience for most people. Especially since this bill is often because of a vehicle needing repairs, for illegal parking or after an accident. Of course, people are even less happy when their bill is higher than they expected. The reality is, many drivers make simple mistakes that can cost them more when they work with a towing company. Here are some ways to avoid these mistakes and save some money on a towing bill. Not Using Plans It is not just auto clubs and insurance policies that offer towing coverage. Many organizations provide their members with discounted road and towing services. This includes some veteran’s groups and even credit card companies. Many vehicles now offer this as well for models up to a certain age or for a predetermined amount of miles. This coverage is not just available to the original buyer, but to any owner. All drivers should look through the manuals and paperwork for any newer-model vehicles they own and research organizations they are members of, to see if any discounts are available. Giving Poor Instructions Most towing companies will charge a set hookup rate and a mileage charge. The miles are often calculated from the time they leave their shop to where the towed vehicle is delivered. When customers call for a tow, it is important they are able to provide an accurate description of where they are and to know where it will go. Any deviations can lead to additional miles, and a higher bill. Another problem can be about knowing what equipment is needed. A truck on its roof in a ditch will need more than a car involved in a minor accident. The average driver will usually not know all of the equipment a towing service has, but accurately describing the damage and the scene can make it easier to have the right vehicle dispatched the first time.   Waiting to Retrieve Tows are not always ordered by the owner. In some instances, they are performed because the vehicle was left in an illegal parking spot or because the automobile was unregistered or uninsured. When this occurs, the vehicle is not able to be returned without paying for the towing fee and storage costs. Storage rates, or impound fees, accumulate daily and can be expensive. It is important to locate and retrieve any […]

How To Save On Your Towing Service

You never know when your car is going to act up and force you to pull off to the side of the road. If an event like this were to happen, would you be prepared? Knowing who to call is very important when dealing with roadside car complications as you will want to be certain that your towing service is fast, affordable, and provides many convenient services. If you are worried about the costs of a towing service, then there are features to consider when seeking your towing service. So, before you experience potential car complications, give yourself some time to prepare so you can find an affordable towing service that offers the following: Discounted or No Cost Insurance Coverage: Many insurance policies offer roadside assistance coverage as a default, which means if you do have this coverage on your insurance policy, you may be able to receive free to little-cost towing services. Taking advantage of this can be a big opportunity to save on your towing service, which is why it is best to contact your insurance provider so you can see which towing companies they offer these services with, so you can take advantage of this option. Multi-Services: Another great way to save is to eliminate the need to have your vehicle towed if it doesn’t need to be. Some towing companies may only be limited to providing a tow service, which means you’ll have to pay to have your vehicle connected to the towing truck and for the mileage you travel to get your car to your home or a nearby auto shop. To avoid this expense, consider hiring a towing company that can offer multiple roadside services, like tire changes, fuel delivery, and battery repairs. This will allow you to get back on the road quickly, without any added costs to your service. This is a convenient and more affordable option, so be sure that you hire a towing company that can perform many roadside services. Flat Rate Service 24/7: Because car issues can happen at any time, you will want to hire a towing company that can provide you with services at any time. Well, the issue with this is that some companies may have a higher emergency rate if you need to rely on their services after normal business hours. This can end up costing too much, making for a stressful situation. However, there […]

How To Make Your Towing Company Stand Out Among Your Competitors

Running a towing company means you want to bring in as many customers as possible. This also means you need to find ways to differentiate your services from your competitors to help your company stand out. Here are ways you can make your towing company more appealing to customers, which can help take attention away from competition in your area. Wider service availability Extending your towing service availability can draw in more customers who are stranded out on the freeway and have limited access to tow truck drivers. Consider a wider service area for your county and beyond to make your towing company more likely to be the one that is called when a potential customer is in need of a towing service outside your area. Get in with the auto insurance companies When people break down, they often report their need of a towing service company to their auto insurance company, who in turn will recommend a towing company or send one out to their customers. Contact local auto insurance providers and let them know of your services and what you provide to your customers. Provide a list of your qualifications as well as testimonials so your company appears more favorable to others in the area. This can make your towing business the one that auto insurance companies will recommend because you are represented as a service provider people can trust. Offer 24/7 service If a vehicle gets left in a store parking lot or a customer breaks down in the middle of the night, you want to be the company they call. Extend your hours to 24/7 towing so you can nab the customers during the hours that other towing companies in your area may be shut down for the evening. Provide more than one tow truck Having more than one tow truck available for tows makes you more accessible to clients, so you don’t have to turn customers away or make them wait for a tow. Consider having 2 or more tow trucks in your business so you are always available when your customers need you so they don’t turn to someone else out of convenience.  These are simple and doable ways you can make your towing company stand out among your competition. In extending your service area, making your company favorably known to local auto insurance providers, and even having more than 1 tow truck ready […]

Overlooked Reasons Your Vehicle Could Fail Inspection

In many states, it’s a legal requirement to have a vehicle inspected. Some people are under the impression that as long as their vehicle is running, it should easily be able to pass an inspection. This isn’t exactly the case. With a failed inspection, you could be forced to park your vehicle or face fines. There are a number of factors that can lead to a failed inspection. Make sure you know what these factors are to avoid this type of scenario. Low Fluid Levels It’s important that fluid, such as engine oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid and brake fluid, be at appropriate levels. If they aren’t, your vehicle could fail inspection. The reason this is so important is that low fluid levels can cause issues with the safety and maneuverability of a vehicle. Take brake fluid, for example. If the brake fluid is low, this can reduce the stopping power of your brakes, leading to an increased risk for an accident. The exact percentage level that is required will vary based on your state and the type of fluid being checked. Making sure you have sufficient fluid levels is how you avoid this. Worn Tires Driving on tires that are severely worn or damaged is sometimes an accident waiting to happen. Tires in this kind of condition have limited traction, which can make safe handling of your vehicle difficult, especially in wet conditions. Worn tires also increase your risk of a blowout. If your tires are worn or don’t have enough tread based on the state guidelines, you will not pass inspection. Additionally, even having your tires under-inflated can cause you to fail, as under inflation can also make it harder to stop. Battery Concerns A battery is sometimes referred to as the heart of a vehicle. You might think that any vehicle that is driven to an inspection station obviously doesn’t have a bad battery, but this isn’t always the case. A problem with the terminals, clamps or cables that connect to the battery can cause things to turn from good to bad fairly quickly and without obvious warning. If during the inspection any of these components have signs of heavy corrosion or are frayed, you could fail inspection because these types of problems can prevent the battery from functioning correctly, leaving a vehicle immobile. You either need to replace these components or clean them. In the […]

Three Questions For Getting Towing Services

When you get stuck on the side of the road, you will need to be sure that you get the help and service from professionals that will get yo to safety. There are a number of options you can choose between when getting towing services, including calling up a flatbed towing company, using a roadside assistance plan and more. By following the points below and using them to your advantage, you will be able to get your vehicle from Point A to Point B the next time you are stranded.  Question #1: What Are The Advantages Of Receiving Flatbed Towing Service? There are a number of benefits that you will be able to take advantage when you reach out to a truck towing business that provides flatbed towing. This is different from standard towing services, which attach your car’s front wheels to the truck and drag it behind. When you get a flatbed towing assistance, you will lower the chance of having a damaged bumper. You will also be less taxing to your transmission and will protect your car’s tires while it is being transported.  Question #2: Should I Consider A Roadside Assistance Plan? To be on the safe side, subscribing to a roadside assistance plan is always the best way to go. You will be able to call upon one of these companies no matter where you may be stuck throughout the country. They will then dispatch a tow truck driver that can help you out. Most roadside assistance plans will cap out every year at a certain number of miles, so be aware of what your plan entails in order to best capitalize on your plan and towing needs.  Question #3: How Much Would A Standard Vehicle Tow Cost? Always be mindful of how much you will pay any time you call upon a towing services contractor. If you are purchasing a tow service from a truck driver, always get the quote ahead of time, down to the specific dollar paid and mile traveled. This will greatly affect the price that you will pay, since your costs can range anywhere between $55 and $85 for hookup costs, with additional charges between $8 and $10 per mile after a certain point. Make sure that you shop around for service between a number of different towing contractors. Use these points to your advantage in order to get your vehicle towed.

Three Tips For Receiving Towing Services

Nobody likes to be stuck on the side of the road, but if you learn to get the most of towing services in your area, you will have help out to you in no time. By taking advantage of the work that towing services contractors offer, you will have the opportunity to quickly get your vehicle and yourself out of harm’s way, without stress and strain. With this in mind, follow some key pieces of advice below, so that you are able to always jump into action if you are stranded on the side of the road.  Tip #1: Understand The Potential Price You Will Pay For Towing Services The price that you might pay for towing services can vary greatly, so you should understand some ballpark figures that you might be expected to fork over. In most situations, towing services prices are broken down based upon the amount of miles that your vehicle is being towed. For example, towing services of short distances, say, within a 5-mile radius, might cost you between $35 and $125. This is in addition to a hook up flat fee that might cost you between $35 and $100. Towing services within 40 miles might cost you anywhere between $125 and $275. Shop around between various companies to get estimates, so that you know for sure what you might pay.  Tip #2: Purchase A Roadside Assistance Plan With Towing Services One of the easiest ways to get towing services is by purchasing a roadside assistance plan. Companies that offer roadside assistance plans will allow you to get tows up to a specific number of miles, in addition to other services, like dead battery replacements and jumps and locksmith services. You can buy these types of roadside assistance plans on their own, or include them with your auto insurance.  Tip #3: Get In Touch With Your Auto Insurance Company For Reimbursement Opportunities Many people do not consider the fact that they may be able to reimbursement for towing work. For example, you can get the bill from the towing services company and then forward it to your insurance company in order to offset your out of pocket costs. Ask the tow truck driver up front if they work with your insurance, so that you can save some money, while still getting excellent towing services.  Follow these three tips so that you can get the towing services […]

Better Technology Use In Emergencies

Society has come a long way in terms of being stranded in the middle of nowhere. Instead of having to track down a payphone or knock on a stranger’s door to use the phone, travelers can easily use smartphones and mobile devices to get in contact with someone–in theory. Unfortunately, drained batteries and areas with weak or no cellular service can make your mobile devices nearly useless. To stay safe and make the best use of technology in an emergency, consider a few trip planning and road emergency tips. Battling The Battery Drain Before smartphones, a nearly perfect balance of communications and power was in place as cell phones offered days of power on a single charge in some cases. Smartphones are actually computers with a small phone function, and their processes can drain batteries much faster.  In an emergency, it’s not a big deal to make a call when the car breaks down, but what happens if the car’s battery is dead? Making a call to friends, family and a towing service can happen, but you shouldn’t assume that the first call will be the end of your troubles. The people coming to find you may not be able to find your location on the first try, or you may have another emergency. If your phone’s battery is depleted and your car can’t charge it, what can you do? Instead of putting yourself in that position, make sure to have a few backup batteries. This plan isn’t as easy as buying a few spares; if you don’t have a proper container for the batteries, you may end up with a few swollen, ruined batteries. Especially in the hotter months, excessive heat or direct sunlight exposure can cause your batteries to fail with a small explosion that fizzes acid. Make sure to have a case for the batteries that you can fit under the seat or somewhere accessible. Don’t store the battery in the trunk in case of an emergency that requires quick reaction and speedy communications. Although you can’t rely on the car charger, consider having a battery charger that can be connected to the car’s charger port in case you end up using multiple batteries. Planning Around Cell Dead Zones Outages in cell communication areas can’t be easily planned. Unexpected outages can affect different parts of your trip and can be restored at any time, but there are […]

Four Things To Know About Towing Your Totaled Vehicle

If you have been in an accident in which your vehicle has been totaled, you may be confused as to how to proceed about getting your totaled vehicle out of the road and towed to a safe location. Here are four things that you should know about towing your totaled vehicle: Coverage: When hiring a towing company after being involved in an accident, it’s best just to call the towing company that you receive coverage from through your insurance company. If the accident was not your fault, you may be wondering whether or not you should have the opposite party’s towing coverage provide coverage for your vehicle, but in the midst of an accident, it’s best just to worry about coverage later on once a claim has been made and a police report has been filed out.  Be Prepared to Pay Out of Pocket: When you hire a towing service that your insurance company will compensate for, keep in mind that your insurance company will only cover up to a certain number of miles. This is why it’s best to get your vehicle towed to the closest place possible. This is going to save you on some out-of pocket expenses. – Decide on Location: There are a few options that you have as far as selecting a location to take your totaled vehicle to. You can have your vehicle towed to an impound lot that your towing company works with, tow it to a repair shop, or ask your insurance where they feel is the best location for towing. Either option you choose, your vehicle will be in a safe spot and that’s all that really matters. You may just want to decide which of these three options are closest so that you aren’t paying so much to have your vehicle towed there.  Tell Your Insurance Company: Once you have your vehicle towed, you will want to call your insurance company to tell them where your vehicle is. This is important to ensuring that they know where to send out an adjustor to evaluate the condition of the vehicle, which is important for determining how much you will be compensated for after filing a claim. After being involved in a car accident in which your vehicle has been totaled, always be sure that you save the receipts for the towing service and storage fees that you have endured. This is important for reimbursement issues, […]

Two Reasons Why You Need Roadside Assistance For Your Semi-Truck

Whether you are a trucking contractor or an owner operator of your own truck, you may believe that roadside assistance is an expense that you simply cannot afford to add to your budget.  However, if this is the position you hold, you couldn’t be further from the truth.  There is simply no substitute for having the ability to contact your semi truck roadside assistance company and getting immediate assistance when a tire blows out, or your truck malfunctions and needs to be towed.  Learning more about the benefits of having roadside assistance can help you determine if you should take out a plan today. Roadside Assistance Gives You Access To A Substitute Truck One of the most compelling reasons why you should invest in roadside assistance for your semi truck is because it gives you access to a substitute truck in the event of an emergency.  You get to maintain your schedule so you can satisfy your clients. If you don’t have roadside assistance and experience an emergency, you will need to first find a truck rental company, and then pay to have them bring the truck to wherever you are.  If you do long distance hauls, you could literally be in middle of nowhere when an emergency happens, and it could take some time for a truck rental company with available semi’s to reach you. However, when you have roadside assistance, you will get a substitute truck as quickly as possible if this feature is a part of the plan you purchase.  This keeps you from having to pay out extensive hotel and rental car fees for layovers so you can continue your route and maintain your profits. Roadside Assistance Gets You Discounts On Food And Fuel Stops Another reason why it’s such a great idea to get roadside assistance is because you could qualify for food and fuel discounts because of your membership. Along with fuel and food discounts, many roadside assistance companies offer members custom concierge services.  When you’re out on the road in an unfamiliar area, it can be a lifesaver to be able to call a number and have the operator tell you exactly where the food and fuel stops are so you won’t have to waste time trying to locate them yourself. Taking out roadside assistance on your semi truck should be viewed as an investment that is sure to garner returns.  Purchase a […]