Towing Tips

You must always have a minute to observe your surroundings every time you park. That single observation can save you hours of aggravation trying to get your car back from a towing service. With a few additional coins into a meter, you can save plenty of time and money even better compared to having your car towed where you spend several dollars. There are a few tips you can follow:

  1. Always check the signs in your surroundings and see if you notice any signs that state something about restrictions during days, certain time frames when you are able to park or not. You can take pictures of these signs as well as other areas, if necessary, so that you can defend yourself in case of any unfair towing acts.
  2. If you visit an apartment complex, be sure that you do not park under car covering awnings or areas reserved for residences.
  3. Avoid parking in front of a fire hydrant.
  4. Do not park in front of driveways or exits of businesses, streets and residences.
  5. Ensure that you pay attention to the paint on the curbside. Red curbs mean that you should not park there. White curbs mean that you can stay for as long as 5 minutes to load as well as unload passengers. Green means that you can park for a maximum of 10 minutes. Yellow means that it is for commercial loading and unloading only. Blue is for people that have disabilities.
  6. If you park near a meter, be sure that you add enough money to your meter so that you can cover a good time frame for your situation.
  7. If you have car problems, make sure that you contact a towing company as well as roadside assistance before a tow truck comes and tows your car.

If you are not sure if you can park on a street stop, ask a nearby establishment and ask them where you can park legally. Always be on the safe side and be aware of the signs to avoid any unnecessary towing. If you do need to tow your vehicle yourself, here are a few more tips:

  1. Stick within your limits. Go over the towing capacity of the vehicle you are going to use and make sure it is capable of handling the weight of the vehicle you need to tow. If you exceed the maximum towing capacity, you risk dangerous handling, not enough braking and heavy damage to your towing vehicle’s suspension, drivetrain and engine.
  2. Pack your vehicle in a proper way. It is not just very essential to stay within the maximum load capacity of your vehicle but it is also vital to make sure that any cargo is positioned properly. You do not just want around 60% of the load placed over the front half of the vehicle, you need to load in such a way that it results in a tongue weight.
  3. Check your tires. This tip applies to your tow vehicle and your vehicle. Tires which are not inflated properly can affect handling in a negative way. Also, underinflated tires could make more rolling resistance. This not just forces the engine to exert harder and consume more fuel, but it also increases the temperatures of tires which could make it blow-out.
  4. Check the lights. The tail lights as well as the marker lamps on the vehicle could be superfluous, but they are necessary. Large trailers or loads can obscure the tail lights on your tow vehicle. If the lights on the trailer are not lit, other drivers may not see the vehicle, especially during the night.