DIY Towing and Why You Shouldn’t Attempt It

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Repairing your own leaky faucet, learning to change your own oil, doing your own taxes. These are all things we are encouraged to learn if we want to save money on basic services. There’s certainly a DIY spirit to all of these things and we would even recommend you to learn them for the sake of it. Many people get the idea that they can translate this DIY spirit to towing vehicles. After all, many people own trucks that have powerful engines that are designed to tow whatever you’ve hitched. Of those things hitched that Ford, Chevy, or Dodge designed for, we can tell you that cars were not one of them!

DIY Towing is Risky and Can Damage Your Other Vehicle

Towing is a service unto itself. There are many different vehicles of different sizes, dimensions, weight, etc. Having the proper equipment to tow all of these different vehicles is part of what makes a Towing and Recovery company like Shenandoah worth their salt. We provide specialized services to help people recover their vehicles from sometimes hard to reach spots. One of the ways that this is facilitated is through using special connectors if required.

If all that was needed was some rope and hitching, then towing companies would not be as in demand as they are. The fact of the matter is, DIY towing is not something people should attempt because it can cause extensive damage to one or both vehicles. I think we’ve all seen a few funny videos online where the entire front or rear bumper gets ripped off when someone attempts to tow something. You probably would not have the same reaction when if it were to happen to you! We also would not want that to happen to you.

Fear of Mishandled Property Makes People Hesitant to Tow

It is strange, some folk would rather attempt to tow their own vehicle and potentially damage both vehicles rather than letting a professional towing company do it. In other words, many people believe that the towing process is sloppy or that precautions are not taken to prevent your vehicle from being dinked, scratched, or otherwise damaged in some way during the recovery process.

A tow company is completely specialized in getting your vehicle to a shop or other location safely and unharmed, so this fear is unfounded. The risk for damage to your vehicle is much, much higher when attempting DIY towing.

Driving While Towing is Completely Different

The requirements vary per state, but driving with a load requires different licensure to establish that you are a qualified and safe driver who is trained in driving with heavy loads. While most cases of a truck towing another small vehicle can fall under regular use of your standard driver’s license, the fact of the matter is that as the load size increases, so too does required certifications.

While you won’t be towing huge loads, it still doesn’t change the fact that driving with a load is completely different than unencumbered. You have to account for less acceleration, greater braking times, and being aware of the extra vehicle length and sway that accompanies towing. Many people are not well-practiced in this and it is a road and safety hazard to attempt it without practice.

Towing and Recovery Shenandoah County

Professional towers know how to hitch a load safely and with little risk of damage, then transport that load safely with a tow truck that is specialized for hitching heavy loads. Most importantly, all of our drivers are highly qualified and have years of experience on the road.

Shenandoah Towing and Recovery was founded on hard work, faith, and a desire to help our fellow neighbors. Contact us today if you have any questions about our many services.

Driving Tips for Bad Weather

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Do you need driving tips for bad weather? Being in the towing business, we are offered an in-depth look at how most stalls, accidents, and other unfortunate road situations come to be. There are some basic tips and suggestions that can be put into practice to avoid many of these things from coming to be. While Shenandoah Towing is always here for our community, our foremost concern is that we do our part in reminding people to stay safe out on the road. It is always a tragedy when bad weather or poor driving habits result in injury or, god forbid, mortality.

Driving Tips for Bad Weather

Rain, snow, hail, besides being annoying obstacles in getting from point A to B, these common environmental conditions are the cause of many accidents on the road. The advice that eludes all of us is always “common sense”, these tips are something everyone could always keep in mind to have greater road awareness and safety. Here are your driving tips for bad weather.

1 – Evaluate the Safety of Your Vehicle

Routine maintenance is like going to the doctor, nobody likes doing it but frequent visits can save you a lot of money—or even save your life in the long run. The most important, for this example of bad weather driving, is making sure your tires are good, that they still have adequate tread to grip the road. Getting tires rotated every few months can help your car keep an even keel and grip on the road, as well as extend the usability of all 4 tires for longer.

2 – Don’t Rush When Driving in Bad Weather

We never recommend driving frantically at any time, but especially a bad decision in poor weather. Visibility is worse when it is raining, causing you to flat out miss vehicles on the road. You can’t count on everyone turning their lights on as they should, so driving defensively is always the superior option.

We lead busy lives and many people get caught up in the hustle and bustle. If it is raining and you have to get somewhere, just accept that it will delay you. Your safety is much more important than arriving a few minutes earlier to your destination, no matter how important.

3 – Keep Adequate Space Between All Vehicles

Rain causes everything to be delayed. During highway driving, just a second or two is the difference between safety and impact. Keeping extra space in front of you can give you the extra braking time you may need if the person ahead suddenly brakes. Vehicles in heavy rain or snow may drift from hydroplaning or skidding on ice, or simply from a loss of visibility. Putting distance to keep yourself safe from this swaying is critical.

4 – Don’t Be Afraid to Pull Over When Driving in Bad Weather

If the weather is too bad and there is poor visibility or you have concerns about traction, it might be best to pull over and reassess the situation. This is especially important when it is raining so hard that you can hardly see in front of you. Rain is very unpredictable, and it might be worth pulling over for 10 minutes or so to see if it lets up or to get your bearings.

Shenandoah County Recovery Towing

At Shenandoah Towing in Shenandoah County we provide a range of towing and recovery services such as light and medium-duty towing, heavy-duty towing, equipment hauling, roadside repair, transport services, and more.

Contact us today if you have any questions about our rates or service options. We’d love to help in any way that we can.