During the holiday season, we experience a higher number of DWI's due to a lot of people traveling or just simply going to a family celebration. The more people that are out on the road, the higher the number of people driving drunk is higher as well.
To avoid getting a DWI, refrain from driving under the influence. Here are some tips on how to help avoid drunk driving during the holidays.
Coming home safely to your loved ones should always be a priority. Here are C&A Towing we promote safe driving and will be there for any vehicle assistance you may need this holiday season. Thank you for reading! We hope these tips stick with you through the season!
By taking these precautions, we can easily decrease the amount of COVID-19 cases throughout our community. In times like these, being a selfless person is what is going to help control the spread of
COVID-19. We must work together and do our part to keep not only ourselves safe, but all of our loved ones as well.
If you or anyone in your household has any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, call a doctor first before going in person! Call 911 in case of an emergency.
The law states that motorist must slow down their speed and move over to another lane when they see any police, fire responders, or any other emergency vehicles, including tow trucks, with their lights flashing. All drivers must reduce their speed by 20 MPH on any/all highways and reduce up to 5 MPH on regular streets while passing.
Penalties- Any drivers who fail to slow down or move can get fined up to $2,000 and receive a moving violation. If the driver injures anyone on the side of the road, the consequences may result in a different manner.
Prevention- While this law applies to emergency vehicles and workers, drivers should remain aware of other vehicles on the road at all times. Whenever you see a vehicle on the curb of the road, slow down or change lanes, if safe to do so. If you are having complications with your vehicle and must pull over to the side, try to station yourself as far as possible from traffic. While exiting your vehicle, exit through the side closest to the curb, that way you can avoid oncoming traffic. If you cannot exit through the other side, look out for any moving cars and wait for them to pass to avoid being hit.
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Happy Driving from your C&A Team!!
Finding a used vehicle may seem like a challenging task, but there are many reliable ways to find a suitable used vehicle for your budget and needs. One of the best ways to look for a used vehicle is a towing company auction and lien sale. Typically the vehicles that are on sale, are the vehicles that were impounded but have not been claimed or have been left behind. The majority of the time, you will find better prices and vehicles in better condition at towing companies rather than at used car lots.
Following are 5 reasons to consider purchasing your next used vehicle from a towing company auction and lien sale:
1. It's a Great Way to Save Money-
This is the number one benefit of purchasing from tow lots. At a tow auction or tow yard, it is almost guaranteed that you will find a cheaper price than at a dealership. If you are on a tight budget, you might want to check out tow yards or auctions for your next vehicle!
2. Most Vehicles are in Great Condition-
The majority of the time, the reason vehicles stay behind at tow lots, is because tow fees can be pretty expensive and not everyone has the funds to take their vehicle out and because of this, many of the cars that are for sale, are in good condition. They even have cars that are not in such great shape for those looking for cars to rebuild or for a younger driver.
3. Wide Selection of Vehicles-
Most people are surprised at the variety of vehicles on auction at a lien sale, with various makes and models available. Some are newer while others are a bit dated, but this just means there is a vehicle to suit all tastes and budgets. Typical brands found at lien sales include Ford, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, BMW, and Mercedes, although it’s possible to find virtually any brand depending on your luck.
4. Not Everyone Knows About these Car Sales-
Not everyone knows about the car sales, therefore, there will be less people, making more options open for you. Less competition means better selections. Or maybe you are the type of person that dislikes pushy salesmen or having to wait to be serviced. By visiting a tow lot or attending an auto auction sale, you will avoid those problems. Contact your local tow companies to find out when their next auto auction is. If they do not host any auctions, they may have a few vehicles for sale, so you may want to ask for that as well.
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Before attempting to jump start a vehicle, quickly check your engine for the following to ensure it is safe to begin.
Reminder! If your vehicle does start again, keep your vehicle running for about 15 minutes or more before turning off your vehicle.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR VEHICLE STILL WON'T START:
If your vehicle does not turn on, go ahead and check that all of the wires and connections are secure and in place. If everything is secure, try one more time or allow the working engine to run for 5-10 minutes before attempting again.
Now, if you have attempted various times and your vehicle still does not turn on, the probability of needing a new battery is high and you might need to contact an auto-repair specialist.
Next time you need to jump start your vehicle, follow these six easy steps and your car will be running in no time!
For any additional assistance or if you are in need or a tow truck, give us a call! We offer 24/7 roadside assistance!
Here at C&A Towing, we always promote safe driving and want to ensure that all of our customers are well prepared for any incident.
When it rains, roads usually become flooded and slippery making it hard to navigate your vehicle through the water. Rainy conditions make an average driver more dangerous than usual, leading to more accidents on the roads. Even though we cannot control the weather, we can, however, take some extra precautions while driving that will reduce the risk of an accident.
Here are some tips that will make driving in the rain a safer experience.
1. Slow Down
Being mindful of the road conditions is very important, especially during the rain. Roads often become wet, making the road very slick and unsafe. If you are driving during the rain, it is recommended that you drive slower, under the speed limit. When you slow down your driving, you will gain more control and stability, making it easier and safer for you and other drivers around.
Being able to see the road and other cars is a major problem for when driving in the rain. So, it is recommended that you use the correct lights on your car to make the road more visible. In some circumstances, using your fog lights are the best option, while in other situations, your high beams work best when trying to see upcoming surroundings. Test out the various types of lights your car has, and use whichever allows you to be able to see better.
While driving on a straight road in the rain may seem safe at normal speeds, but when it comes to curves on the road or any turns, it's a completely different story. It is best and also recommended to slow down as you make a turn. This will minimize the risk of your car sliding while making the turn.
If you are about to drive in rainy weather, make sure to prepare your car before driving. Using a rain-repellent on your windshield can help get rid of the rain from you view. In order to clear any dirt or debris coming from the rain, keeping your windshield wiper fluid full is recommended. Keeping up with your car maintenance will have you prepared for most driving conditions.
5. Pulling Over
Driving in a normal rainstorm may not be so difficult for some people, driving during a violent storm will be. If the road conditions are too harsh and your visibility is too poor, the best option would be to pull over. By knowing when to pull over, you are prevent/reduce the risk of any potential accidents from occuring.
Roads in rainy weather have a great potential for danger. If you are planning on driving in the rain, stay focused on the roads and keep these few tips in mind. The more careful you are, the safer you will be.
Here at C&A Towing, we highly promote and value safe driving. Keep us in mind the next time you need any services performed!
Happy Driving from the C&A Staff
Whenever a car breaks down, it usually happens at the most unfortunate of times. Whether its leaving your car parked and coming back to it unable to start, or even at your home, it is always inconvenient, especially if you have do not know the cause or what to check for.
Here are some of the most common reasons your car won't start, and what to check first.
1. No Fuel: Not having fuel in your car gas tank surprisingly happens to more people than you would think. Often times, it is easy to forget to put gas in your car or to even be monitoring the fuel level. Many people panic when their vehicles won't start and they assume it is the worst scenario, when in reality the answer is right in front of them; an empty gas tank. Checking your fuel gauge prior to driving can prevent this from happening.
2. Starter: The starter is usually at fault for your car not starting for those cars who do not have a dead battery. If you think that your car does not start due to the starter, you can check by listening for a clicking sound when turning the keys. If the noise is present, the starter is at fault and is more than likely broken.
3. Dead Battery: The most common reason why cars do not start, is due to a faulty car battery. Checking to see if your car battery is dead is fairly simple to do. Start by checking under the hood and listen for a clicking noise when starting the engine. Keep in mind, clicking but not cranking in the engine can be a sign of electrical issues. A different way to check for a dead battery is by trying to use your windshield wipers, automatic windows, or even your radio. If your battery is dead, these connections will not function. To fix a dead battery, one can often use a jump start, but most of the times you need to get towed to an auto repair shop.
4. Ignition Switch: If you know for sure that your car battery is not dead, try checking the ignition switch. All you need to do is check a feature where the battery is needed to work- for example, turning on your headlights. In some cases, the battery is working, but the car still won't start, then there's a problem with the ignition switch.
5. Fuel Filter: Sometimes when a fuel filter is clogged, it prevents gas from reaching to the engine, therefore, not allowing your car to start. If you have already checked everything, try considering to check the fuel filter. Fuel filters are supposed to be changed every 10,000 miles. By keeping up with your car maintenance, you are preventing numerous of issues from occurring.
The most common reason for a breakdown on the road is having a tire blowout. This can be dangerous especially if you are driving on an expressway or a busy road. Having to stop and change your tire can be very stressful and difficult when not everyone knows how to change a tire. Most of the times it is easier to just call a tow truck for roadside assistance and have them either change your tire for you or to tow your car to the nearest tire shop. However, being able to prevent a tire blowout from even happening in the first place, will not only save you money, but will help your tires last way longer.
Avoid tire blowouts in the future with these few tire maintenance tips! Prevention is key!
1. Monitor the Tire Pressure: Having the correct tire pressure is probably the most effective way to preventing tire blowouts. The correct tire pressure makes it less likely for your tire to fail. If you do not know the idle tire pressure for your tires, checking your vehicle guide will tell you where and how to find the pressure recommended for your each of your tires. You can also take your vehicle to a tire shop or mechanic to check your tires for you for little to no cost at all. Tires lose pressure naturally over time, so it is important to check them every so often to prevent any problems.
2. Avoid Over/Under Inflating: Some people tend to make the mistake of noticing their low pressure and over inflating or often not inflating enough. If you over inflate your tires, it can cause the rubber in your tire to overly expand, thus making your tire blowout. On the contrary, under inflating your tire can lead to overheating on the tire's surface leading to a blowout.
3. Avoid Overloading: Carrying a overly heavy load on your vehicle can definitely affect your tires. Not everyone is aware how excessive weight on the vehicle can really weigh it down and create an additional strain on your tires. Always consider the maximum weight capacity before loading your car with heavy items because when the weight becomes too much, one or more tires may blowout mid-trip. So whenever loading your car, be mindful of the weight in order to avoid a blowout.
4. Avoid Excessive Speeding: Many people do not know that driving excessively fast can sometimes lead to a blowout. Whenever a car is moving fast, tires are more prone to blowouts due to any debris on the road that you may have not seen, as well as your tires overheating. Driving at a high speed can also lead to tire pressure loss due to the friction of the road. So be sure to drive safe and maintain a decent speed to reduce any risks of tire blowouts.
Getting stranded on road can be a tough and stressful situation that happens when you least expect it. Although it's a common occurrence, most of the times drivers are not prepared to deal with this type of emergency. Regardless the reason on why you are stranded, it is still very important to stay safe while waiting for roadside assistance.
Here are a few of the safest places to wait for roadside assistance.
Getting stranded can become a very frustrating situation to be in and calling roadside assistance is probably the best option to take. While waiting for the assistance to arrive, staying safe is very important.
If you or anyone is in need of roadside assistance, C&A Towing is more than happy to provide you with our excellent service.
Call us at: 956.542.0911
Driving on the road can be an intricate task to undertake especially when there is a large number of different interferences occurring all around us. Over time, distracted driving has led to numerous amounts of accidents, fatalities, and injuries on roads. It is important to remember and recognize the significance of driving safely, free from distractions. Many drivers participate in various everyday activities that are not meant to be done while behind the wheel. The majority of the time, these activities lead to distracted and immensely unsafe driving. In order to better protect yourself and others while driving, an understanding of what not to do while behind the wheel is crucial. Here are some tips to avoid getting distracted while driving.
There are 3 main types of distractions that many do not know about. These main categories are as follows:
1. Visual Distractions: Visual distractions are by far the most common types of distractions. Anything that takes the drivers eyes off the road is considered a visual distraction. How to avoid getting visually distracted: Keeping and remaining your eyes on the road is a key element to prevent yourself from daydreaming and from not paying attention to the road . Silencing your cell phone is a great way to relieve yourself of looking over any calls, texts, emails, or any social media notifications.
2. Manual Distractions: Manual distractions occur whenever the driver physically takes his/her hands off of the steering wheel. By not having your hands on the wheel, you are minimizing your time to react to any sudden changes on the road. Manual distractions can lead to reckless driving and can actively downturn your ability to steer.
How to avoid manual distractions: Try not to change or mess with the radio station/music devices while driving unless you are completely stopped. Avoid using picking your phone up to answer and calls, texts, or any different notifications. Eating and drinking while driving can cause you to become distracted and not pay attention to your surroundings, so it is best to avoid doing that.
3. Cognitive Distractions: This type of distraction keeps the drivers mind from focusing on driving. Usually many people can confess that they recall times when you do not remember the last couple of minutes while on the road. That is a perfect example on how cognitive distractions can impact drivers. Cognitive distractions include using hands-free devices, talking on the phone/ other passengers, daydreaming, listening to the radio, and so on. In order to avoid these distractions, remind yourself that safety is first, silence cell phones and try not to get distracted in conversation if there are others in the car. Another tip to follow is to make sure the music playing is music you enjoy so that way you are not distracted while trying to find what to play.