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4 Tips to Help You Control Expenditure on Towing Services

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Towing services/roadside assistance is one of those things like insurance: you hope you’ll never need it, but it’s good to have in case you ever do. There are many ways to ensure that you’re protected in case your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Without prior planning, however, you may end up spending a lot more on towing and roadside assistance than you needed to. Below are some tips and tricks to help you spend as little as possible and yet get your much-needed protection in case of breakdown. 1. Do you have free cover? If your car is new or certified pre-owned (CPO), it may come with free towing/roadside assistance services for some time. If you’re still within this time period, take advantage of the services by calling the manufacturer’s dealer closest to you. In addition, your auto-insurance policy could include terms about roadside assistance. Carefully read through the terms of your policy so that you’re aware what you can and can’t get from it to avoid unnecessary expenditure. 2. Shop around Once your free cover period lapses, it’s up to you to find your own towing services. Just like insurance, you don’t want to start hunting for it once you’re already in trouble and have little choice. A few months before your coverage lapses, go online to see what options you have for towing coverage. You can look at online car membership forums to see reviews about towing services around where you live. Call in to individual companies and get quotes about plans – be sure to get details on membership benefits and requirements, towing distance limits, allowable number of callouts as well as services that are not covered. Determine the charges on extra services not covered under your membership plan should they be needed. Use this information to compare and choose the best cover/plan. 3. Do not over-cover yourself Avoid getting sucked in to extra features and benefits that you won’t need. Important services include unlimited annual callouts if you have an older vehicle and assistance in events other than car breakdown, such as loss of keys. It may be hard to know how much assistance you need at the outset, but after a year (when plans typically lapse), you’re better placed to make an assessment. Don’t go for unlimited coverage if you’ve called in just once or twice a year in the past or hardly ever make long trips; downgrade to a more basic plan. 4. Don’t tow far Regardless of where you are, try to tow your car the shortest distance possible. If you’re in a new place, you can call your insurer to find out the closest authorized dealership/mechanic where your vehicle can be taken depending on your location and ask to be towed there. For minor repairs, look for the nearest mechanic – they can make enough repairs to get you back on the road and you can then take the car to your regular mechanic for comprehensive check-up and...

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Trailer Towing Tips

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If you plan on traveling far distances on your vacation, it is possible to tow an RV trailer on the back of your tow vehicle. This allows you to have accommodations during your travel and will enable you to hit the open road without any cares. If you are going to be towing a trailer behind your tow vehicle, there are a few tips that you need to be aware of that will ensure safety during your trip. Tires  The one part of your tow vehicle and your trailer that you need to be most concerned with are the tires and brakes. It is important to make sure that the tires and bearings are working at a high level. The tires on both the trailer and the tow vehicle will be traveling a lot of miles, which means that they need to be in great condition when you get started. The axle bearings need to be replaced about once a year if you are traveling far distances and they should be changed in advance of your longest trip. It is also possible for the bearing to go bad and overheat the axle, so the bearings need to be replaced as well. Look Behind Not only do you need to make sure that the tires on your trailer and tow vehicle are maintained, but it is also critical that you know how to operate a tow vehicle that is pulling a trailer behind. This means that you need to have a rear view mirror that is wide enough to ensure that you can see past the walls of the trailer. If you are making a conscious effort to look at your trailer from time to time when you are driving the tow vehicle, you will be more apt to notice smoke or rubber in the instance that your trailer gets a flat. You should not just be driving ahead blindly without paying attention to your trailer. Adjust It is also important for you to know how to adjust the hitch. The hitch needs to be adjusted on your trailer if it does not have a fifth wheel. This will ensure that the weight is distributed equally when the trailer is attached to the tow vehicle. Make sure that you are aware what the ideal weight adjustment setup will be for the trailer that you are towing. If you have it on the right adjustment, you can be sure that front and rear axles do not have too much weight bearing...

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5 Steps You Need to Follow If You Break Down in the Desert

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Australia is a land of extremes, boasting anything from the aptly named Snowy Mountains to the searing heat of the Red Centre. That can make a breakdown even more serious, potentially putting your very life at risk, so make sure you follow these tips if you ever find yourself behind the wheel of a broken down vehicle in the middle of the desert. 1. Get Out of the Car Your car provides protection from the sun’s rays. Unfortunately, it can’t protect you from the sun’s heat. In fact, the inside of your car is going to become roasting hot very quickly, so don’t sit inside after you’ve ascertained that the car won’t be going anywhere. However, you can take out any removable seats; they can be placed in the shade to keep you from sitting on the hot desert floor. 2. Stay With Your Car You should leave the cabin of your car, but that doesn’t mean that you should walk away from the car itself to try and find help. For one thing, the exertion is likely to do you harm. For another, you’re most likely to get rescued if you stay by the car. Other people will see it and know that you’ve broken down. If you’re simply walking along without one, they may think you’re a hitchhiker and hesitate to pick you up. 3. Cover Up Even if its blisteringly hot, remember to keep your clothes on. They will soak up your sweat and help keep you as cool as possible. You should also use any light materials in the car to cover up your arms and legs if your clothes aren’t already doing so. Most importantly, ensure that your head is covered with anything at hand, even if you end up draping your road map on as a hat. 4. Drink Regularly Ideally, you’ll want to be drinking around one litre of water per hour in order to stay hydrated, though this is not always possible. If you are heading into the desert, take a few extra bottles with you. If you failed to do so, ration out your water so that it will last a good few hours. Never drink it all at once. Whatever you do, don’t drink the water in your car’s radiator. That might have worked for people in a film you saw or a book you read. Unfortunately, modern vehicles will mix the water with anti-freeze, and anti-freeze will kill you. 5. Don’t Fall Asleep in the Shade The worst thing about shade is that it moves; if you fall asleep in the shade, you’re likely to wake up with sunburn. Of course, you could also miss the chance to flag down a passing car or be missed by your towing service. Make sure you stay awake, no matter how worn out you become. Breaking down anywhere can be a real drag, but breaking down in the desert is serious. Make sure you follow these tips to ensure that you are protected from...

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Signs That Your Car Should Be Towed Rather Than Driven

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Even if you can get your car in gear and move it forward, this doesn’t mean it’s always safe to drive. There are times when your car could be experiencing mechanical failures that could simply get worse as you drive and which could put you and everyone else on the road at risk; rather than face even more expensive repair bills or get into an accident, you would do well to have your car towed in certain circumstances. Note a few of these here and why it’s better to avoid driving in these situations. 1. When the wheels seem to drag Very often you can just tell when the car’s wheels seem to drag versus move along freely. This can be caused by a tire that is flat or flatter than it should be, but if the tires seem fully inflated, your car may be experiencing a serious problem with the brakes. If the brake pads are squeezing the rotors to the wheels, this can cause drag or keep the tires from moving freely. If you ignore this problem, the brakes may lock up completely or this overuse can cause them to fail altogether. When you feel this added drag on the wheels and know that a tire doesn’t need air, have your car towed. 2. When the car clunks and dips A clunking sound should never be ignored, as this often means that something has come loose and is now banging around with every bump in the road. In turn, this can mean severe damage to other parts under the hood. However, if the car seems to dip along with the clunking sound, this can mean a bent axle. If you drive on a bent axle, you’ll continue to put pressure on the side where it’s bent and it may break altogether. This can be an expensive fix and strand you in the middle of the road, so it’s best to stop the car when it clunks and dips and have it safely towed. 3. When you can’t get it in gear If your car is stuck in park, you don’t want to force the shifter or lever to move to drive or reverse. There are chains and gears that control the car’s transmission and forcing the car into or out of gear can mean breaking those parts. In turn, you may be able to put your car in drive but it then may be stuck in drive since the chains or gears are now broken. Have the car towed when it gets overly sticky and won’t easily shift from one gear to another to avoid this...

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Do Your Tyres Need to be Repaired or Replaced?

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If you have been having difficulty with low tire pressure or tread that seems to be getting a little too low, you may be trying to decide between having repairs done or getting the tyres replaced. Since they aren’t cheap, this is a big decision to make. Here are some things to consider when deciding which one of these is the better option. Is there extremely low tread? One of the reasons you should replace your tyres is if the tread is getting low. When the tread is low, your tyres don’t have as much protection or friction for the ground. While it may seem fine when driving on flat, stable surfaces, driving over rocks, ice, or rain-stricken streets can be something else entirely. Low tread puts you more at risk for holes that cause a flat, tire blowouts, and skidding on the road when driving during a rain or snowstorm. For your safety and protection, it is best to replace tyres that are losing their tread. How severe are the holes or cracks? Also take a look at the holes and cracks, or other forms of damage on the tires. Look closely at each tyre, paying attention to the front, back, and sidewalls of the tyres. If you notice sufficient cracking and fading on the sidewall near the wheel, they might be a little too worn out to keep and need to be replaced. However, small holes and cracks can often be patched up, letting you keep the tyres for a little while longer. While you should still keep a close eye on the tire pressure, this should let you keep them for a bit until you save up enough money for brand new tyres. Is your vehicle pulling to one side? If you are concerned about your tyres because your vehicle is driving unevenly, shaking, or pulling to one side more than the other, you might not need to replace the tyres completely. More often than not, these types of issues are actually due to the wheel alignment, and not because the tyres are fault and need to be replaced. Visit a local tyre shop to find out if you just need the wheels balanced and aligned. How old are the tyres? On the other hand, older tyres often need to be replaced. They might not be showing severe damage yet, but they are more prone to damage and blowouts on the road. In order to avoid needing to call a tow truck for a blowout or causing an accident due to a flat tire, get them replaced now before it’s too...

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Waiting For A Tow Truck? Avoid These Common Mistakes

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When you are waiting fro a tow truck, there are certain things you should do, and others it is best to avoid. Here are some mistakes that are often made by people that you should try to avoid at all costs.  Not Making Your Vehicle Visible A common mistake that is made by people who are waiting for a tow truck is not making their vehicle as visible as possible. If you are in an area with a lot of big trees around, it can make it harder for the tow truck driver to find you. You also need to be more visible so other vehicles don’t accidentally hit your car when they are driving past you. To do this, set out orange cones for tow trucks and put on your hazard lights. However, do not stand outside of your vehicle just to be more visible, as this puts you in danger. Leaving the Location of the Vehicle Make sure that you stay within the general location of the vehicle when waiting for a tow truck. While you might not stay inside of the vehicle if it isn’t safe, you shouldn’t go too far away. Many tow trucks require you to be present before they will pick up the vehicle. If you need to leave for whatever reason, call the towing company right away and let dispatch know. If you are going to a coffee shop or somewhere else nearby, the tow truck driver might be willing to call you or pick you up when they arrive at the vehicle. Not Paying Attention to Warning Signs Your car might be giving some signs that the situation is about to become an emergency. If you smell gas when your car breaks down, do not remain in the vehicle. This could possibly lead to a fire, which puts you and your passengers at risk. While it is good to be close to the vehicle in general, if it isn’t safe, keep a good distance away. Gather your personal belongings and walk a distance away from the vehicle. Also leave the vehicle if you see a lot of smoke or signs that a fire might be about the occur under the hood. As long as you follow these easy rules, the tow truck should have no trouble finding you. Remember that if you are broken down following a vehicle collision, you should not have your vehicle moved until after the police report has been filed and you have gathered the right...

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Key Considerations When Transporting Forklift Trucks

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Forklift trucks are usually used for logistics (jobs ranging from material-handling to pallet transportation) in warehouses, ports, silos, loading bays and so on. In most cases, these vehicles often have to be transported to different places where they are needed. Transporting forklift trucks, however, is not an easy job, and if you are to have any shot at doing it right, you will need to consider a number of things. Here are two crucial factors that should be at the top of your mind when you are moving forklift trucks to different project locations. Safety Safety is perhaps the most fundamental factor that you have to deliberate on before transporting a forklift truck to the intended destination. The truck should be loaded and secured on the hauling vehicle before it can leave the stacking dock. Not only is this vital to keep the forklift from getting damaged, it also helps protect other motorists and pedestrians that the freight vehicle will pass while in transit. The forklift truck can be chained down to built-in brackets of the hauling vehicle. Come-alongs can also be used to tauten the anchor of the forklift should it move. Forklift models are not built the same, and therefore, tie-down options are not often consistent. Remember to avoid placing chains close to fuel tanks, batteries, hoses, and cylinders to prevent electric arcing. It may also help to check if road conditions are favorable before leaving the stacking dock; you can check with the weather people to ensure it will be safe to stay on the roads. Freight insurance Irrespective of the fact that you may use competent and experienced truck drivers, there are several risks out there on the roads that may still lead to accidents. For instance, an errant driver may ram into the back of the tow truck while trying to overtake it and cause a road accident, which can result in damage to your forklift if the tow vehicle ends up veering off the road. As your forklift trucks are being transported, you deserve peace of mind knowing that you are protected from the risk of financial loss because forklift trucks cost a significant sum of money to own, and a slight mishap on the road can cost you lots of dollars. Since forklift transport is often regarded as dangerous transportation, it is a smart move to provide freight insurance protection for your...

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