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How Your Local Towing Business Can Use Social Media To Generate Leads

Posted by on 11-11-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Your Local Towing Business Can Use Social Media To Generate Leads

Lead generation can be a tricky subject for a local emergency service business such as a small towing company. Most people won’t have a specific towing company to whom they are loyal, after all; unless you need to have vehicles towed regularly for work reasons, it’s something that doesn’t come up very often, meaning that generally speaking your customers won’t have thought about who to use until the moment they actually need your services. This is why large, national towing companies tend to keep their monopoly–the money they can spend on advertising means they’re more likely to come up in search results right away or be at the forefront of the mind of someone who has recently walked past a billboard. Social media, however, stands to change all that. By engaging with your local community, you can ensure that your company are the first anyone who lives in your catchment area will think about or come across–and here’s how to do it. Make contacts with local bloggers. Most local areas have at least a few blogs devoted to discussing what’s available nearby, and many councils and municipalities run blogs of their own. Approach as many of these blogs as you can! Many will have lists of local traders that you can ask to join, and some will be happy to have a quick chat with you and post a little blurb about who you are and what you do. Many of these blogs are well read within the communities to which they apply, so it’s a great way to gain traction! Towing is enough of a niche business that they may not have another towing company on that area of their site, which will be a huge boost to you in terms of exposure. Follow local people and businesses on Twitter. Use your local hashtag in all your tweets to create a firm link between your company and people who live in your area. Many people need to use a towing service a couple of times in their life, and many people also live in the same area for long periods of time–so that relationship is crucial. Twitter will help you to become a part of your local community, and by following other local businesses you can contribute to a culture of people and companies in your area working to help each other. It’s also a great way to offer deals, offers, and services that will help sway customers toward your company, such as discounts on emergency night-time towing. Keep your branding and image on point. In the digital age, anyone who needs an emergency tow is likely to google “towing in [area]” and look at a few options before making a decision. Your job is to make sure that wherever they look, they keep seeing your company–and that what they’re seeing is recognisable and consistent. Come up with a logo and some basic branding colours to help you stick in the minds of your consumers as they search. Encourage satisfied customers to leave you a review. Local review sites are a great way to inspire trust in potential customers, and as a towing service is unlikely to see a huge amount of repeat business it’s important to find ways to create that trust amongst people who have never...

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Tips for driving in the summer

Posted by on 11-11-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for driving in the summer

Travelling by car during the summer can be both challenging and tiring; the glare and heat of the sun can make it harder to concentrate and the higher temperatures can hinder your vehicle’s ability to function properly and thus increase the likelihood of a breakdown. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your car journeys easier and safer. Tint the windows                One of the biggest issues many people have with driving during the summer is how hot the inside of their car gets. Not only does this make spending time in the vehicle very uncomfortable, but it can also pose a health risk to more vulnerable passengers (such as the elderly, children and pets), as issues such as dehydration and heat stroke are more likely to occur in high temperatures. Most car owners try to resolve this issue by putting their air-conditioning on full-blast during every journey. However, using the air-conditioning too often can significantly lower your car’s fuel efficiency and may even wear out the unit prematurely. As an alternative, you may want to consider having your car’s windows tinted. This can dramatically reduce the amount of heat that gets into the car and also help to reduce glare, which will make it easier to drive safely. Most window films are able to filter out almost all UV rays, meaning that in addition to creating a more comfortable driving environment, they can also help to protect both you and your passengers from the harmful effects of the sun (i.e skin cancer). Create a summertime-appropriate breakdown kit Breakdowns can happen during the summer for a multitude of reasons; the soaring temperatures can increase the chance of the engine overheating, a tyre bursting or the battery dying. This is why it is important to create an emergency breakdown kit which contains items that are ‘summertime-appropriate’; that is, one that includes not only all of the usual essentials (such as jumper cables, a tyre-changing kit, a first-aid kit and a tow strap), but also goods that will keep you safe if the temperatures start to rise. If your vehicle breaks down in an isolated area where there is very little shade, the first thing you’ll need to do is take steps to protect you and your travelling companions from the heat of the sun. It could take some time for the towing services driver to reach you and during that period, you could potentially experience one of the above-mentioned health issues (i.e. heat stroke and dehydration). If the car has a serious fault, it’s quite possible that its electrical systems, including the air conditioning, may stop working; as such, it’s important not to assume that you can rely on this to keep you cool. Invest in a portable pop-up shelter that you can keep in the boot of your car; this will  serve as a physical barrier that will shield you from the sun. Additionally, you may want to keep a couple of wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen in the boot. Make sure that you have a supply of bottled water too; ideally, you should have at least three litres for each person...

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Should You Call for Towing Services for Your Car?

Posted by on 8-08-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Call for Towing Services for Your Car?

Car owners typically don’t like the idea of needing to have a car towed, as they may not want to face the expense or hassle of dealing with a towing service. However, keep in mind that a tow truck is often a much safer choice than driving your car in many cases; using their services can keep you and other drivers safer than if you drove a car with serious mechanical issues. Having a car towed when it needs repairs also means not risking making those repairs even worse, so that a small bill turns into a major expense. Note when you should call for towing services versus driving your car, for your own protection and the protection of your car itself. If the car is smoking Note where the smoke is coming from and, if possible, if there are any odors with the smoke. If the car smells like it’s burning, it’s best to have it towed as this often means the engine is overheating or there is a leak in the transmission system, and transmission fluid is dripping onto the engine or exhaust. This fluid can drip out and your transmission gets stuck in neutral, so have the car towed in these cases. If the smoke is white and coming from the front of the car, this is probably steam and not smoke; if it smells sweet, this is a radiator leak and this too is very dangerous. The radiator could easily burst at any time. However, if there is smoke coming from the tailpipe, this can mean a bad mix of fuel and oxygen or holes in the catalytic converter. You may not necessarily need to have the car towed, but should have the exhaust system checked as soon as possible. Brakes It’s never good to risk driving a car when there are problems with the brakes, but if you’re simply hearing loud grinding or squealing while the brakes still seem to work, you can get the brake pads or rotors changed as soon as possible. The car will usually still be fine to drive just a short distance in the meantime. If the brakes are not grabbing as they should, this is when it’s time to have the car towed. If your car is leaking brake fluid, this usually just gets worse as you drive and it may get worse very quickly. Once the fluid is gone, the brakes will fail. Don’t assume you can drive even a short distance if you need to virtually stand on the brakes but have the car...

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The Different Types of Towing Services You Can Consider

Posted by on 12-12-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Different Types of Towing Services You Can Consider

Most vehicle owners know that they may require towing services at one point or another. However, not many put much thought into what type of towing services would be best suited for their vehicle. Since cars come in an array of shapes and sizes, tow truck companies use different types of services to ensure that you are getting what is best suited for your particular vehicle. It should be noted that is best to have the contacts of your towing truck company in your phone. This is because towing services are typically needed in an emergency situation; hence, you can never foresee when these services will be pertinent to you. Here are some of the different towing services that you can consider. Heavy-duty towing services As the name suggests, this type of towing service is designed to deal with larger vehicles such as trucks and SUVs. With heavy-duty towing services, your vehicle is attached onto the tow truck and elevated from the ground. It is then transported while being half suspended by the tow truck while the rest of the vehicle still makes contact with the road. Heavy-duty towing services are also applicable in the event of an accident when your car will have to be pulled out of a ditch or any similar situation. Long-distance towing services These services are provided for people who would like to tow their vehicle cross-country. It is a convenient option if you are relocating and would not like to drive your vehicle all the way. Additionally, this service is procured for people who would like to have their car delivered from the port. It should be noted, though, that before using these services, you should enquire about whether the company offers a flat fee or if you will be charged according to the distance covered. Flat-bed towing services This type of tow truck is designed to provide you with a safe option for transporting luxury or high-end vehicles. It is also a preferred option for drivers who own an antique vehicle and would not like to risk it being damaged by having it dragged by a heavy-duty tow truck. The vehicle in question is either put on the flat bed through the use of a ramp or is lifted in its entirety. Since the vehicle is secured atop the flatbed, you can rest assured that it will not acquire any harm during the towing...

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Three Preparation Tips for Towing a Trailer

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Preparation Tips for Towing a Trailer

Trailers are valuable instruments for hauling heavy and bulky loads for personal and commercial purposes. Generally, it is advisable to engage a professional transporter to move the carriage over long distances. However, if you have a truck with towing capabilities, you can handle this task with basic guidance. Here are some simple tips to help you prepare your trailer for towing so that you will arrive at your destination without a hitch. Know the Total Weight Capacity The car or truck that you are planning to use has a predetermined tow rating outlined in the owner’s manual. This is an important figure to evaluate, but it is often an oversimplification of the towing capacity figures. In simple terms, the maximum tow capacity of the vehicle provided by the manufacturer is only practical in circumstances where the truck weight is minimal. The most critical weight capacity rating to consider is the gross combined mass. This will take into account the cumulative weight of the entire setup, including the number of occupants, the vehicle weight and any cargo. Do not exceed the total rating, because this can compromise your safety by exerting too much pressure on the vehicle. Hitch the Trailer Properly You will need a hitch ball to support the weight of the trailer and connect the two structures properly. Choose a ball which matches the exact size of the connection socket in the trailer. You should note that even a minute discrepancy might allow the trailer to disengage when you are on the road. Typically, there is a latch included in the trailer towing setup, so ensure that this engages smoothly. You should use the provided pin or lock to secure the bond. In addition, it is advisable to reinforce the security of your hitch before getting on the road. Purchase some high-quality safety chains to install around the hitching area. They will secure the bond between the trailer and the vehicle, ensuring that any detrimental looseness is eliminated. Choose Good Brakes If you are hauling loads with considerable weight, it is crucial to ensure that your trailer is fitted with electronic brakes. This allows you to control the speed and stop the trailer more efficiently using a controller in the vehicle. Modern trucks have built-in trailer brake controllers. If you have an older model, ensure that you have high-quality controllers that are proportional to your current braking system. Cheaper timer-based alternatives can be tricky to manipulate. Consult a towing service for assistance when hauling large...

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3 Things You Should Know about Having Multiple Roadside Service Policies

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Should Know about Having Multiple Roadside Service Policies

When you purchase car insurance, supplemental drivers insurance, and even cellular phone service you will likely notice the option to get roadside assistance. This assistance varies from policy to policy, but the basic premise is the same: By purchasing this assistance package, bundle, or option, you will be able to call a number and receive assistance for car issues you may be having. There is a misconception that multiple policies give you better coverage and offer you more options. Before you buy into these misconceptions, consider the following things you should know about having multiple roadside assistance policies. Stacking Policies You may have heard of a phrase called stacking policies. This phrase refers to using your multiple policies to give you greatly reduced or free roadside services. For example, you may have one policy that states you can have a free amount of gas if you run out. Another policy may offer the same service. In most cases, you will not be able to use both policies to obtain more gas for your vehicle. This is due to the fact that most roadside assistance plans carry a stipulation that says your assistance packages may not be used concurrently with other discounts, coupons, or services. Duplicate Services Many roadside assistance packages actually offer the same services. For example, you will probably get services like flat tire changes or towing up to a certain amount of mileage. For this reason, having multiple policies really doesn’t offer you a great benefit. Before you sign on for multiple policies with your cellular phone company or your car insurance, consider what each is offering along with any additional services one of the assistance options may have. If there is no difference or additional benefit, stick with the one that offers the best options for your needs at the lowest cost. Hidden Fees Make sure when you are purchasing your roadside assistance packages that you check for hidden fees. Most people who have multiple roadside assistance options usually do so based on a free addition to an existing program they have. For example, your cellular phone service may offer free roadside assistance if you are on contract and not a prepaid option. If you opt into this free option, make sure you aren’t actually paying a hidden fee that could be avoided by simply sticking to one policy and denying the free option. Hidden fees generally relate to services like towing that exceeds the mileage limit or exceeding the number of roadside assistance calls you can have in a given time frame. These are just three things to consider when you have multiple roadside assistance policies. The key factor is to try and reduce your policies to one main policy that does everything you need it to with the lowest rate...

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Have Your Car Towed If You Notice Any of These Problems

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have Your Car Towed If You Notice Any of These Problems

Some mechanical problems with your car are not so serious that you can’t get your car to a nearby repair shop, but all too often, car owners overlook serious mechanical issues and drive their car when they shouldn’t. There are some problems with a car that make it dangerous and unsafe to drive even a short distance, and doing so can put you at risk and also cause more damage to your car overall. Before you decide to drive your car when you know it needs repairs, note the following. 1. Obvious overheating Never ignore the dashboard warning light or any other signs that your car is overheating, and don’t drive it even a short distance when it does. Heat in the engine cause extreme wear and tear and overheating is often the result of excess friction between parts.  This problem can be because a part has broken or because your car is leaking oil or another fluid, but no matter the cause, you don’t want to drive your car. Your engine could actually seize up if it gets too warm, and driving your car when it’s overheating means causing more damage to its parts. Have your car towed if you notice the warning light, smoke coming from under the hood, or can smell signs of heat from the engine. 2. Skidding when braking If you slam on the brakes and your car slides on wet or slick pavement, that is to be expected. However, if the pavement is dry and your car slides when braking, this can be an overly worn tire, brake pads that are slipping, loss of brake fluid, or a number of other problems. No matter the cause, this can be very dangerous and typically will only get worse. Don’t risk driving your car even a short distance when the brakes are acting up in any way, but call a towing service instead. 3. Obvious clunking noises If your car clunks with every bump in the road, this can be a broken shock. Driving this way can cause damage to the axle or suspension. A clunking sound at any other time can be a broken part; this can be broken lug nuts on a tire or even ball bearings. Driving with this type of damage to the car can make it worse, and if it’s broken lug nuts, a tire could actually come off. Note the location of the noise and then have your car towed to a shop for...

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When to Call a Towing Service Rather Than Drive Your Car

Posted by on 8-08-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When to Call a Towing Service Rather Than Drive Your Car

Thinking that your car is safe to drive simply because it can be turned on and put into gear is a mistake, if you’re having certain mechanical issues with the car. In some cases you may put your own safety at risk when on the road, and in other cases, you may be risking more serious damage to your car by driving it. Note a few times when you want to call a towing service to get your car to a repair shop rather than drive it. 1. When the gearshift is very sticky The gearshift of your car may be sticky for a number of reasons, but trying to force it into gear or out of park is probably only going to make matters worse. In some cases the chain under the shifter may be breaking down or seizing up, and trying to force the stick into gear can cause the chain to break. Your car may also be very low on transmission fluid, and if it were to leak out while you were on the road, your car may not hold the gear and slip into neutral. No matter the cause, don’t try to force the gearshift but instead, have your car towed to a nearby shop. 2. When the shocks are obviously broken You know your car’s shocks are broken when your car slams down with every slight bump and dip in the road. Shocks are large springs that allow your car’s axles to bounce slightly, and these shocks absorb the impact of those bumps and help to keep your car cushioned. Driving your car with broken shocks can mean damage to a number of parts that may make contact with the road. Without that cushioning provided by the shocks, you might also actually break an axle if you were to hit a very steep bump and your car slammed onto the pavement. 3. When a tire is flat A tow truck can actually change your flat tire and put on the spare tire, but if you don’t have a spare, it’s best to avoid driving your car. A flat tire can be dangerous, for the same reasons that broken shocks are dangerous. The air in tires cushions your car against bumps and getting slammed onto the pavement. A flat tire is also very difficult for the brakes to grip, and your car might instead skid rather than stop when you hit the brakes. For your own safety, have your car towed if it has a...

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Lockdown: Choosing The Right Towing Lock For Your Trailer Or Caravan

Posted by on 8-08-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lockdown: Choosing The Right Towing Lock For Your Trailer Or Caravan

It’s fair to say that security is one of the primary concerns of anybody who owns a trailer or caravan – thieves are always becoming more inventive and efficient when it comes to stealing them, sometimes in broad daylight and right out of their owner’s driveway. Fortunately, there are a dizzying array of towing hitch locks available on the market to thwart trailer thieves (not to mention lower your trailer insurance premiums), but not every towing lock is suitable for every trailer, or every budget. Below are some of the most common types of hitch locks, along with their strengths and weaknesses: Swivel lock pins These simple devices take the place of the standard pin and clip that are fitted as standard to almost every hitch receiver, and provide much more security. These small metal cylinders are inserted in the hole in a hitch receiver where the pin and clip would normally rest, and are secured in place with a sturdy padlock. Because of their simplicity and small size, swivel lock pins are very cheap, and can be found for as little as a few dollars. They are also very easy to fit, and can potentially be supplemented with other locking devices, although this will depend on your hitch configuration. However, they only provide very basic security – they are only as secure as the padlock fitted to them, which can usually be taken off fairly quickly with an angle grinder or pair of bolt cutters. While they are suitable for securing your trailer or caravan temporarily while travelling, more robust measures should be taken while at home. Dog bone locks Essentially an extension of the swivel lock concept, these larger, heavier locks are more robust, due to the bone-like shape that prevents easy access to the lock, and gives this kind of lock its name. Most dog bone locks come with an integrated locking system rather than an external padlock, for added security. Many dog bone locks also come with metal box enclosures, which fit around the entirety of the hitch and make it much harder to reach the lock. These locks are much more secure than simple swivel locks, and are not considerably more expensive for low end models. That said, it’s worth spending a little extra of a top-of-the-line device, preferably of galvanised steel or titanium construction. Dog bone locks represent the minimum level of security suitable for trailers that are left alone for long periods, but if you supplement them with wheel clamps and other devices you can be reasonably assured of your trailer’s security. Coupler locks Coupler locks are some of the most common towing locks, due in no small part to their excellent security. These U-shaped locks slot over the entire hitching arrangement of your trailer or caravan, and are enclosed in a robust, lockable casing. A well-fitted coupler lock can withstand a great deal of punishment. These devices often come with security balls, which fit into the cup of the trailer’s hitch where the tow ball would normally be placed, to provide even more protection. Coupler locks are generally more expensive than other options, but are generally considered well worth the extra expense. The biggest advantage of coupler locks is that they can remain fitted to your trailer even when it is...

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