As if the news of summer being over isn't bad enough, looks like parts of BC is already starting to snow. Well, so much for the Fall season; might as well start playing the Christmas music and skip Thanksgiving and Halloween altogether. Whether you blame global warming or you believe it's a weather anomaly, experts are calling it a continuation of La Niña which is described as, "a cold event." This event, according to the National Ocean Service, brings a colder winter in the Northwest.
It is probably a safe bet to make that this winter is going to be COLD so make sure your vehicle is in tiptop shape to avoid any problems with worsening road conditions. If we have a longer and colder winter, we can expect to see more pot-holes, more damage to tires, more salt damage to vehicle parts and increased wear and tear on the overall life of our vehicles. Schedule a time to get your tires changed to winter tires in advance because this season is going to be a pretty busy one. Chances are, if you're in the thick of snowfall, you probably won't get an appointment to get your tires swapped out so be the early bird.
Remember to drive slow, maintain more distance from the car in front and pump your brakes rather than applying full pressure. Locking your tires by fully compressing your brakes will cause your car to skid while it struggles for traction.
For all your towing needs in this coming winter season, look no further than Ridge Meadows Towing!
Well, of course it's included! What do you think distracted driving means? If you thought it was purely cellular phone use while driving as the only definition of distracted driving, you're incorrect. Obviously anything that impedes you from safe operation of a vehicle, for example, hands are tied up, then that would constitute distracted driving.
On top of the hefty $368 fine (not sure who comes up with these exact fines), you will also be handed down a 6 point deduction on your license. These 6 points allots to a 300 dollar annual premium (www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/tickets/Pages/Driver-Penalty-Points.aspx) so when you get insurance, expect to pay more. Make sense because if you're unsafe, you better pay more to get insured (not that money discourages bad behavior).
Be sure to keep these things in mind when you're on your commutes leisure or occupational. These days, with the availability and supply of drive-thrus, getting snacks is super convenient so getting caught doing this has become much easier.
Be safe out there!
If you're still not aware, the end of August also marks the end of the tolls on Golden Ears & Port Mann Bridge. This will no doubt help with the traffic coming into Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge as it opens up new routes to take. Not to mention, going to Richmond through Highway 17 is more convenient now instead of the old route of going through New West just to avoid the toll bridge.
Don't forget to pay your outstanding tolls as anything before August 31st, 11:59pm is still counted towards your bill.
And lastly, don't forget to drive safe!
Professionally speaking, the appearance of your tow truck represents the face of your company and your business practices. A poorly maintained tow truck is not only an eyesore but also, safety-wise, a liability for yourself, your customers, and other users of the road. As such, we hope to provide you or your company with the proper maintenance tips to keep your fleet in the best physical shape for the sake of professionalism and your business going forward. Follow these tips to give your towing business a competitive edge.
This first tip is essential for any tow truck operator since it also serves as a workplace safety practice. To ensure quality towing for your clients and mitigating legal liabilities for yourself and your company, doing a periodic 360 degree inspection of your tow truck and its components are essential. If your tow truck is equipped with a winch, checking the cable for frays in the cable is critical to its function. Aside from its components, keeping the amount of loose items in the truck bed also serves as a healthy maintenance practice. Any loose items like nuts and bolts in your truck bed could fly off and damage your customer's windshields; obviously everyone would avoid this as much as possible. Given time, a tow truck will go through varying weather and seasons causing various different types of wear and tear. A properly maintained tow truck will boost the confidence of your operators or yourself in the execution of their daily rounds of serving your communities towing needs.
A Vehicle Too
Well duh! Don't forget that your tow truck is also a vehicle in itself so whatever maintenance you would put on your personal vehicle, you probably want to do that on your tow truck also. A tow truck needing a tow is both comedic and ironic in a mostly negative way so be sure to stay ahead of the curve in your caring of a tow truck. All the regular maintenance like oil changes, tire changes, washer fluid, etc. are all more critical in a tow truck than civilian vehicles. Why? Well, imagine you're in the dead of winter and it's packed snow outside. Most people aren't driving and the ones who are either are super prepared or left without a choice. Without having stayed ahead of winter and getting snow tires for your tow truck in preparation, how can you properly service a call let alone get your tow truck there in the first place? Doesn't make a whole lot of sense does it? Foresight and staying ahead of the game will both save you and your customers many heartaches.
Nothing helps preserve the life of your tow truck more than regular cleaning to minimize deterioration and proper lubrication of all moving parts. Cables and joints are common places for dirt, water and other particles to seep into and cause catastrophic damage. The best way to avoid this type of situation is to regularly inspect, clean and lubricate these areas; maintaining these components will ensure smooth operations and preserve the longevity of your service vehicle.
In summary, a regular and consistent pro-active attitude will pay dividends to the life of your tow trucks. From regular inspections to proper maintenance to diminishing wear & tear through generous lubrication, these all work in conjunction to keep your tow truck in the best condition for your servicing needs both in the present and in the future. A clean vehicle increases the confidence of its operators which in turn assures the customers in any situation and ultimately, pushes up your bottom line. Everyone wins in this situation.
Best of luck!
In our day and age, there reasons aplenty why we should improve the fuel efficiency of our vehicles. No one enjoys paying for gas regardless of the price that the major oil companies are gouging us on a daily basis. I'm not sure how much I believe that the supplies are running out but that's just me. However, this doesn't change how we can directly decrease our dependence on these companies. Improving our fuel efficiency is one such way we can go about doing this.
How, you might say?
Here are 5 easy ways!
Lead Foot No More!
This one is super-straight-forward. When we step on the pedal, it engages the vehicle to draw more fuel to run the car so logically, how we step is directly going to affect the fuel efficiency. Many modern vehicles come equipped with a fuel consumption indicator and this is a great way for you to see how your vehicle is doing at any given time during your commute. Some of these indicators may even give you real-time readings so you can see just how a little more pedal pressure consumes more fuel.
Another very straight forward way you can improve your fuel efficiency. This involves the presence of mind to see what is coming in the distance and driving accordingly. For example, if you know the stale green traffic light in the distance is changing before you get there, slowing down early might make it that your vehicle does not make a full and complete stop. Hopefully, by the time you arrive at the intersection, the traffic light will be green again in time for you to just cruise through. To have your vehicle come to a complete stop then to have it start up again and for what we want to achieve is counter-intuitive. This method doesn't mean you have to brake on your way to the intersection, just taking your foot off the pedal would have you cruise to a stop (if it's one of those long lights).
Shed Some Dead Weight
For some reason, as I was writing this post, a picture emerged in my head and I think it was very applicable. I pictured a boat great distress within a storm and in the process of a jettison. In this process, the crew members of the vessel purge the contents of the ship into the water to give them a fighting chance in case of an emergency. A jettison lightens the ship to escape a situation where they're stranded or gives them more stability when inside of a raging storm. Applying this same concept to our vehicles is what we want to achieve. No, I am not recommending you throw out your belongings while your vehicle is full speed on a highway (this would be hilarious to watch by the way). But rather, getting rid of all the dead weight in your vehicle. This enables our vehicle to not work so hard to carry our weight in the course of movement. The more weight, the more fuel consumption. Simple again!
This is more of a maintenance-related way of getting the most out of your vehicle and its potential for fuel consumption. Minimizing the amount of work your vehicle has to do in order to spin the tire to get moving is the premise of this point. If your tires are under inflated or not all equivalently inflated, your vehicle will not perform efficiently fuel-wise. Check in your vehicle manual for the specifications for your vehicle's tires and the exact pressure needed. Topping up your vehicle tires to just the right pressure could spell significant improvements in your vehicles fuel efficiency.
Do Not Idle
For our fifth and final way to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle, we had to save the best for last. This also happens to be the most overlooked method of fuel efficiency. If ever your vehicle is idling, like at an intersection or traffic, for more than 10 seconds, it's actually more fuel efficient to turn off your engine and turn it back on when you actually start moving. Outside of that 10 seconds, you save more fuel to restart the engine instead of keeping your car on the entire time you are stopped. This method is also a great way for us to do our part in saving this planet. Not only are we saving fuel and minimizing exhaust from our own personal vehicle, but for every second our car isn't on, that's less pollution exiting into our atmosphere. You save money, the Planet breathes better, and we all win!
Let us know what you think about these tips and feel free to post your own fuel-saving secrets in the comments below!