Out of State Towing

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Towing |

What do you do when you are out of your state and need to use a towing company to get you back home or to your local mechanic’s garage? Perhaps you live on state lines and you work in one state and live in another and need a tow from your work back to your home.

You should know that not all towing companies or drivers are licensed to tow you out of state. Some local companies do not comply with state laws and tow vehicles across state lines while risky getting pulled over by a police officer. The tow driver and towing company are liable and responsible for any illegal ticketing fees or costs associated with their negligence and poor decision-making. You as the vehicle owner are not liable in the state of Pennsylvania, but check your local laws to see who is responsible for your state. Each state has different laws which govern the practices that tow operators must comply with.

If you routinely travel out of your state it is a good idea and beneficial for you to be aware of the out of state towing laws. However, if you are traveling out of state for a vacation it is not practical for you to look up each states towing laws if you will be driving through many states. Instead, when you need a tow go with an online company that has many positive reviews and has a high star rating. See a sample of a highly reviewed company at www.bethlehemtowing.com/allentown. Ask the dispatcher whether they are licensed to tow vehicles across state lines. Commonly, companies who tow big trucks and equipment like excavators, 18-wheelers etc… are licensed to travel across state lines because they likely work with local businesses. Smaller towing companies with only a truck or two are more likely to be unlicensed to tow across state lines.

So, in summary, go with proven towing companies that are larger, well reviewed online, or a referral that a friend or family member suggests. Ask the dispatcher if they are legally allowed to tow, and don’t go with the lowest and cheapest towing company as sometimes this is too good to be true.

As always, Stay Safe out there!

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Protecting Your Investment- 4 Tips For Using A Towing Company

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Towing |

Motorcycle Towing4 Tips to Protect Your Investment When Using a Towing Service Provider

  1. The most common challenge associated with using a towing company is sending the improper towing vehicles, towing tie downs, and other applications necessary to tow your vehicle. The reason can easily be avoided if steps are taken to prevent it. Towing dispatchers simply do not ask enough information over the phone prior to sending a truck to assist you. This can occur for many reasons, some as simple as answering a call when a driver is on job or when driving. Another reason could be a busy mechanic shop not taking the time to obtain all information. When calling a local towing company make sure that you provide as much descriptive information about your vehicle as possible, even if the dispatcher does not ask. This simple step can avoid the all too common headache with having to wait for the tow driver to come back with the right vehicle, or worse yet, unsafely transporting and loading your investment on their truck.
  2. Understand your vehicles towing requirements before calling around for a tow truck. Towing requirements are in the owners manual which is often times in the glove box. If you are sitting on the side of the road for a truck to arrive, what else do you have to do? Get familiar with your owners manual while waiting for a driver to arrive and assist you.
  3. Ask the tow truck driver of their experience level when calling the dispatcher or when they arrive on the scene. Watch the tow truck driver to ensure they use tie downs as needed and don’t be shy to speak up if you feel your vehicle is not being handled properly.  Unfortunately, some tow drivers do not speak English and are difficult to communicate with. If you do not understand what is being explained to you, it is often better to call the dispatcher and be safe, rather than sorry.
  4. Finally, move your vehicle to the side of the road, if possible, to ensure you and your vehicle are out of traffic and out of harm’s way. Remain inside your vehicle if you are roadside to ensure your safety. If possible, do not remain alone with your vehicle. If you had a passenger, ask them to stay with you until your vehicle has been secured to the tow truck. This final step is for your safety as being along roadside has a reputation for being unsafe.

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