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No Parking Tow Away ZoneLots of people in DFW have used a towing company when their car has been in a wreck, is in need of repair, or when they need a vehicle moved from one location to another. Many have also utilized a full service towing company, such as Titan Towing, for roadside assistance when they run out of gas, are locked out of their car, or they’re having trouble with minor repairs such as their car battery. So, more often than not, a tow truck operator is a welcome sight to many drivers.

However, there are times when a tow occurs and it wasn’t something you expected. Towing in DFW, and many other areas throughout the country can occur when parking in an unauthorized area. When an unwanted tow occurs, you, as a consumer, do have rights. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has put together some guidelines on what to do when your car has been towed.

According to TDLR your rights are:

If you return to your car and it is being hooked-up to a tow truck but IT IS NOT FULLY hooked up and ready for towing, you can keep your car WITHOUT paying a CHARGE. You do not need to prove ownership of the car in this instance.

If you return to your car and IT IS FULLY HOOKED UP, READY FOR TOWING, BUT HAS NOT LEFT THE PARKING LOT, you may keep your car but YOU MUST PAY A DROP FEE. You do not need to prove ownership of the car in this instance either.

Towing a carIf your car has been towed from a parking lot, you can find your car by calling the phone number on the no parking sign. You can recover your car from the vehicle storage facility (VSF) after documenting that you are the owner (or allowed user) and paying the towing and storage fees.

At the VSF, you may have access to your car to get ownership documents. You do not have to pay a fee to do this.

At the VSF, you may have access to your car to recover personal property. You do not have to pay a fee to do this.

You can claim or just access your car 24-hours a day and within one hour if the VSF accepts cars 24-hours a day.

If a VSF does not accept cars 24 hours a day, you may claim your car within one hour of your request between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and midnight Monday -Saturday and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays except for nationally recognized holidays. VSFs with these hours are not required to release a car after midnight.

You may request a TOW HEARING at any Justice of the Peace Court in the county where your car was towed if you believe your car was wrongfully towed, stored or booted; or if you were charged more than the allowed fee. You must request a tow hearing from the court within 14 days of the tow.

You DO NOT have the right to:

Remove or dismantle any part attached to the car while it is at the VSF.

Retrieve your car from the VSF without paying the towing, storage or other allowed fees.

Have the boot removed without paying the booting fee.

Retrieve your car from the VSF without demonstrating that you are the owner or authorized user of the car.

Obtain your car after it has been removed from the parking facility but before it has been placed in a VSF.

If you find yourself with an unwanted tow, it’s important to know what to do and to know your rights as a car owner. Further, more detailed, information can be found at the TDLR website. Titan towing takes pride in the ethical, professional services we provide to all of our customers and we are happy to share this helpful consumer information with you.

This article is ©2017 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


Tow truck drivers operate in a dangerous world. Every day they face angry drivers while repossessing vehicles, dangerous driving and road conditions, near misses while operating heavy equipment, and close calls on U.S. freeways while hitching up wrecked vehicles.

These are just a few of the reasons why the tow truck market is in a state of emergency, says one broker specializing in this class. Another reason: a crumbling insurance market with fewer and fewer carriers willing to write the business.

Read more at Insurance General...

 

© 2017 by Wells Media Group, Inc.

 


Calling a tow truck company in DFW may not be your first choice if you’re having car related issues that have left you by the side of the road. You may think about calling a friend or relative. Or, you may try to fix the problem yourself. However, below are some good reasons that calling a reputable, full-service company like Titan Towing may be your best solution.

Safety

First and foremost, safety is the number one reason to call a towing company when you’re stranded in your car. Tow truck drivers are trained to address your vehicle’s issues with your utmost safety in mind. They also have the proper equipment such as safety lights on their truck and road flares or road cones to help keep you and your vehicle safe while they work.

Reliability

Your car may not have been reliable, and your friends may not either, but you can rely on a good towing company to come to your rescue no matter when you may need them. Tow truck companies are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you don’t have to spend time calling people who may not be available during rush hour traffic or at 2 AM.

Expertise

When dealing with a stranded vehicle, the expertise of a tow truck driver can be invaluable. Most drivers have been in the business for many years and have worked to resolve almost every car related issues you can think of. They are well-trained to address issues quickly and effectively. Without their knowledge, you may find yourself spending much more time and energy than is necessary.

Cost

Some drivers may want to avoid calling a tow truck because they’re afraid of the cost, but the benefits outlined above are why a good towing company is worth the expense. Not using a safe, reliable, skilled professional to assist you with your car may end up costing you more in the long run. For many people, a vehicle is one of their largest investments, so having someone who is trained and knowledgeable in how to tow a vehicle is smart. Not doing so may end up causing expensive damage to your vehicle or someone else’s. Most licensed, reputable tow truck companies in DFW are not as expensive as you might think.

Full-Service Tow Truck Companies Are Not Just for Towing

Even when you’re not in need of a tow, people often forget that a full-service towing company, like Titan, can help with other car related issues as well. From changing a flat tire, to bringing you gas, to recharging or replacing a drained battery, tow truck drivers know how to help. They can even get you back in your car if you’ve locked yourself out.

Any time you may be stranded by the side of the road, think of all of these reasons to call a great, reputable company like Titan Towing. The skilled drivers at Titan can safely, conveniently, and cost-effectively tow your vehicle or get you back on the road.

This article is ©2017 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


Distracted driverWith the new year just around the corner, many North Texas drivers have a lot on their minds. The normal hustle and bustle around DFW is even more hectic with extra shopping, attending or hosting holiday parties, and out-of-town visitors. All of this results in the need for multi-tasking in an attempt to get everything done.

The sprawling highways of Dallas and Fort Worth have lots of people in their cars more often than they might want to be. Many have used that time to try to accomplish other goals besides driving, otherwise known as distracted driving. One of the biggest, is texting while driving, which we wrote about last summer, but according to the website, Distraction.gov, “Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving.” All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Some of these distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

However, recent studies have also shown that a wandering mind can affect driving performance just as much. Focusing on things other than the task at hand usually occurs when you’re doing mundane or familiar tasks, such as brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or driving.

During the holidays, and especially around New Year’s Eve, there is always a heightened awareness of the perils of drinking and driving, but a wandering mind while driving can have similar results.  Serious consequences don’t usually happen if your mind wanders while you’re brushing your teeth, but operating a moving vehicle while your mind is somewhere else, can cause a serious accident.

As a premier DFW towing company, Titan Towing has often seen the result of distracted drivers in North Texas. No matter what causes you to become distracted, there are some common sense ways to avoid it. The DMV.org recommends:

  • Stay calm.
    • Anxiety and stress can be a big distraction. Take deep breaths and keep your focus on the road. Pull over.
    • If, for whatever reason, you can't seem to keep your focus, find a safe place to pull over and take a break. Avoid pulling over on the side of a busy street, or in dark and isolated places.
  • Keep the peace.
    • Driving is not the time for arguments, which can be VERY distracting. Save the fight for when you are in a safer setting.
  • Use your passengers.
    • When possible, put your passenger in charge of tasks like temperature control or changing the music.
  • Know your dials.
    • This is especially important when you are driving a new car, or a car you are not used to driving.
    • Get to know the car's controls BEFORE you start driving. This will help minimize distractions in cases where you must use one of the car's controls.
  • Use your radio presets.
    • Most car stereos allow you to preset stations so that you only have to press one button to hear what you want.
  • Make adjustments before you start driving. These include:
    • Mirrors.
    • Seat.
    • Steering wheel.
  • Stay off your phone.
    • Cell phone use, whether for texting or talking, is a huge distraction. Put your phone away, and do not let yourself use it until you are out of your car.
    • There are even some smartphone apps that will help keep you from driving distracted.
  • Be rested and satisfied.
    • If you are going for a long trip, make sure you have had plenty of rest, food, and drink.
    • Remember to factor meal times into your schedule so that you don't feel pressured into eating while driving to make it to your destination on time.
  • Set up your GPS before you start driving.

Following these tips can keep you, and others, safer on the road in the new year.

This article is ©2016 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


In a previous blog from one year ago, "How to Choose a Good Towing Company", the top criteria was:


  • State Certification

  • Pricing

  • Fast service and Expertise

  • Customer Satisfaction


Titan Towing continues to exemplify all of this criteria and more. When you need a good towing company, one of the best ways to know that you’re making the right choice is to read what previous customers have had to say in addition to making sure they are state certified and in good standing with the state. Following is an update on the feedback from Titan Towing customers over the past year.


Google Reviews:


TexasShopGirl74

5 Stars

4 weeks ago

We have used Titan twice to tow my son's car. Very professional company and trustworthy. My husband has always given Leo(tower/driver) a very generous tip for his services each time he's towed the car; simply because of the quality of service that was provided.



Kristina Wesley

5 Stars

4 weeks ago

After a harrowing night of having my truck stolen and recovered with a broken ignition tumbler I had no choice but to call for a tow.  I obviously did not want to spend anymore time in a dark secluded area where the truck was abandoned (albeit with a police escort) than necessary so I was incredibly thankful to their extremely prompt service.

DJ kept in contact with me finding the place, got the truck hooked up quickly and easily, and updated me as he dropped it off at a repair facility after hours so that it could be worked on the next day.

The pricing was reasonable too.

(Thanks again DJ)


Amber Crawford

5 Stars

a month ago

Used Titan a few times now for my company's fleet- and every time they have been courteous, quick and ethically priced. It's been a pleasure to do business with someone that's honest and good.



Scout Smith

5 Stars

2 months ago

Great service! Fast and friendly.  Would definitely recommend.


Jacob Davis

5 Stars

5 months ago

Quick, helpful, cheap, and knew what he was doing.


Larry Johnson

5 Stars

7 months ago

The service  and employee CHAD was very helpful and respectful and they always try to give you the best price for towing



Jake D

5 Stars

8 months ago


Yelp.com:


M.R.

Fort Worth, TX

3/15/2016


Great service! Called them because my mother's Sienna stopped running and we needed her car towed to the closest mechanic. Needless to say, Titan Towing came quick and promptly delivered the car in good condition to the shop.

Affordable with no extra fees!


Not all towing companies are alike. Titan Towing works hard to maintain the trust and satisfaction of their customers. As the feedback over the past year shows, with words like, affordable, professionalism, helpful, respectful, friendly, extremely prompt, and trustworthy, Titan continues to build a reputable company that customers throughout the DFW area can rely on.   

This article is ©2016 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


ViolationIn Texas, an important tool that can be used prior to needing a tow is the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) violations database. It can easily be searched, online, to see which towing companies have not complied with Texas licensing laws. The laws are in place to protect Texas consumers from companies that may be out to make a quick buck rather than  offering a service built on ethical business practices.


Unfortunately, a search of the TDLR database for towing companies reveals that many of the violations are not minor. Some include company owners failing to disclose past criminal histories, with others failing to adopt and implement an alcohol and drug testing policy, and still others failing to perform towing operations with honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity. This information is extremely important to know because some unscrupulous towing companies simply pay the assessed fines and continue with their unethical business practices.


For example, some of the violators continue to market themselves online as reputable companies, despite their numerous violations with TDLR, in an effort to attract unknowing customers. They may even show up on the first page of a Google search with five star ratings through popular marketing sites. So, it’s important to look beyond advertising and sales techniques to find the true business practices of a company.


Criminal RecordsIn addition, some towing companies may also offer an unbelievably cheap price, but you may end up paying a much higher price in the long run if they employ unlicensed and/or untrained drivers which the TDLR site can reveal. Businesses offering the lowest price are often not paying their front line employees well and this can be reflected in their products and services. For many people in DFW, their vehicle is one of their biggest investments, so paying a little higher price for a tow from a company who invests in licensed and well trained employees is a smart choice to protect your vehicle.   


Follow the steps below to search the TDLR database at https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/cimsfo/fosearch.asp:


1.  Under  “Search by License Program Type”, select “Tow Truck Companies” OR select “Vehicle Storage Facilities”.

2.  Scroll down to select a city or county.

 

The data will be displayed on your screen.

As of this writing, there are 70 records for tow truck company violations in Tarrant County and 90 records in Dallas County. Knowing what companies to stay away from, prior to needing a tow, may save you time, money, and frustration when an ethical, reputable company such as Titan Towing may not be available during peak towing times.

This article is ©2016 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


Distracted Driving

Titan Towing employees encounter distracted drivers on the road daily and, unfortunately, are called to more and more accidents which have occurred due to texting while driving.


This is a Hertz rental vehicle that had to be towed. The customer was texting while driving and hit a curb. Not only did the tire blow out at 40 mph, but it did a significant amount of body damage in the process.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in five crashes involves a distracted driver. Also, according to TXDOT, “drivers who use cell phones in their vehicles have a higher risk of collision than drivers who don't, whether holding the phone or using a hands-free device.”

 


Texas has no statewide law banning the use of cellphones while driving, but some local North Texas areas prohibit or limit the use of cellphones while driving. Some of these areas include:


Argyle

Arlington
Bedford
Denton
Farmers Branch
Grand Prairie
Lake Dallas
Little Elm
Rowlett
Watauga

Cellphone prohibitions in Texas include:


  • Drivers with learner's permits who are prohibited from using handheld cellphones in the first six months of driving

  • All drivers under the age of 18 who are prohibited from using wireless communication devices

  • School bus drivers who are prohibited from using cellphones while driving if children are present

  • Drivers, of any age, in school zones, who are prohibited from texting and using handheld devices while driving

Distracted Driving


Fines range from $200 to $500. However, this does not seem to deter drivers from taking a quick glance at their phones or trying to text while driving.


A recent news report by NBC DFW states that currently, Arlington, Bedford, Denton, Farmers Branch, Grand Prairie, Rowlett and Stephenville are the only cities in North Texas that have an ordinance banning texting while driving.


Those seven cities have issued a total of 2,090 citations since the first ordinance was adopted in 2010. However, last year there were 103,576 car crashes involving a distracted driver. 463 of those accidents were fatal.


Laws to prohibit texting while driving do bring more awareness to the issue, but the laws themselves will not prevent accidents. It’s up to all drivers on the road to be responsible when behind the wheel and not put themselves and others in harm’s way just to send a text.


The website DigitalResponsibility.org gives these common sense ways to avoid texting while driving:


  • Make a habit of thinking about what calls or texts you need to send before you begin your trip. Before you start the car, take a moment to think about what information you might need during the trip. For instance, program your GPS at the outset, rather than fiddling with it during the drive. Make that call to ask your mom a question before you’re on the road. Text your friend that vital piece of gossip, then put away the phone.

  • The idea of a designated driver has caught on for drunk driving, and choosing a substitute can be just as useful for distracted driving. Select a friend to be your designated texter while you’re behind the wheel.

  • Stow your phone somewhere you can’t peek at it. Try putting it in the glove compartment (lock it if you must) or inside a purse in the back seat.

  • Silence notifications that tempt you to check your phone.

  • Investigate apps that will help boost your willpower. There are several types of apps on the market, some of them free, that allow you to block incoming messages or send automatic responses to let your friends know you’re driving.

  • Practice patience. Consider whether it’s worth risking your safety—and that of others in your car and on the road—to read a text while driving. Then wait until you’ve reached your destination.

  • Make a promise. If you are a person of your word, consider signing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s pledge against distracted driving. Picturing your name on the pledge could help you keep your thumbs off the phone.

  • If you are driving on a road with safe places to pull over, use them to stop and text.


As much as Titan Towing loves doing their job to get you out of a challenging situation, towing a vehicle for texting while driving is not a call Titan wants to get.

This article is ©2016 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


Over the years, Titan Towing has towed more than just cars and trucks in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Take a look at some of the photos on Titan’s Facebook page and you’ll see a Titan truck moving everything from farming equipment to RV’s to U-Hauls with ease and expertise.

Another area of towing that has seen a rapid increase in recent years is tiny houses. Tiny houses have grown in popularity due to their simplicity and the ability for a homeowner to have a lower cost of living. Many people just starting out, and others who have a desire to downsize, have made the move to a tiny house. However, moving a house, no matter how tiny, can be anything but simple. If you don’t own a truck that is capable of towing a tiny house, you may need to hire a professional towing company. Following are some things to consider when making this decision.

Towing Capacity

A truck’s towing capacity, or weight it can tow, is extremely important. Many tiny houses are 15,000 pounds or more, so a truck with a large engine such as a v8 or a v10 will work best. Always check the manufacturer’s guidelines for exactly how much a truck can tow. Different factors to consider include height, weight, and load.

The height of the tiny house as it sits on a trailer has to be considered when towing through areas with low lying trees and bridges. The weight, including the load (anything in the house), must also be factored in to tow the house correctly and effectively. Also, keep in mind that the weight affects the gas mileage. A truck that normally gets 20 miles to the gallon, may get 10 miles a gallon when towing a tiny house.

Condition of Towing Vehicle

In addition to towing capacity, the condition of the truck you’re using to tow with is important. Towing puts extra stress on a vehicle’s engine, cooling system, and brakes. Also, not having correct tire pressure in your vehicle’s tires, can affect gas mileage and steering.

Accessories

Some accessories are must haves and others are nice to have. A trailer hitch is definitely a necessity and it must be the right hitch to accommodate the weight of the tiny house that you intend to tow. An accessory such as a trailer brake controller helps slow a truck down when extra weight is being towed and is good to have to help relieve stress on a truck’s brakes.

Legalities and Permits

The trailer for your tiny house should be registered with a valid license plate. In addition, a permit to tow a tiny house usually isn’t needed, but it depends on the size. Check with your local DPS office to make sure a permit is not needed. This will need to be done for every area that you will be traveling in as some states' requirements are different than others.

Insurance

Insurance coverage will be needed for your truck, your trailer and your tiny house. This will protect not only you, but anyone else if an accident occurs.

The Route

Planning a route to avoid bridges, traffic, potholes and other things such as utility poles and tree branches is not easy in the DFW area. However, keeping some common sense and avoiding rush hour traffic and trying to tow early in the morning as opposed to at night will help alleviate some stress. Also, having a car drive ahead of you to alert you of any obstacles will help too.

If you don’t have a truck to try to move a tiny house yourself, you can always use a professional company like Titan Towing. It may save  you time, money, and keep your tiny house move as stress free as possible.  

This article is ©2016 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


There are times when a tow truck driver is a welcome sight. When you have car trouble, or have been locked out of your vehicle, or have been involved in an accident, a tow truck driver, and their expertise, might be just what you need. .


Then, there are times when getting towed is the last thing you need. For those times, using common sense and avoiding any of the instances below, can keep you from an unwanted tow.


PRIVATE PROPERTY: You cannot park your vehicle in private property parking lots, driveways, or other spaces unless authorized to do so. The private property must have specific signs at the entrance warning that vehicles can be towed. Also, the private property owners have the right to call a tow company to tow vehicles immediately when your car or truck is not authorized to be there. 


VEHICLES BLOCKING THE ROADWAY, SIDEWALK OR DRIVEWAY: Vehicles cannot block a street, lane of traffic, driveway, sidewalk, any other vehicle or any public right-of-way. Any vehicle obstructing the roadway, sidewalk, or driveway can be towed.


ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLES: Parking in areas marked “No Parking Anytime”, in construction zones, fire lanes, next to fire hydrants, in bus zones, or in red zones can result in your vehicle being towed. Also, parking in handicapped parking spaces without a valid handicap can get your car towed.


ABANDONED VEHICLES: If your vehicle is reported as abandoned on any public street, it may be towed if it has been observed as abandoned by a police officer for over 3 days.


REGISTRATION EXPIRED OVER 6 (SIX) MONTHS: If your vehicle has an expired registration and it’s found on the road, or in a parking lot, it can be towed and released only after the owner provides proof of valid registration.


PARKING VIOLATIONS: If you have received excessive (usually five or more) unpaid parking tickets, your car can be towed at anytime. Once the parking citations are paid, your vehicle can be released.


UNLICENSED DRIVER or SUSPENDED LICENSE: Obviously, it’s illegal to operate a vehicle without a valid driver’s license or when your driver’s license has been suspended. In this situation, a police officer will not leave a vehicle unattended, so if there is not a licensed driver to drive your vehicle it will be towed.


By being aware, and avoiding certain situations, you can ensure your vehicle is towed only when you want it to be.   


This article is ©2016 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved


Summers in North Texas can soar to over 100 degrees and hot weather is the number one cause for a car overheating that can result in you needing a tow. However, that's not the only reason a vehicle may get too hot. Everything from a stuck thermostat to a malfunctioning fan can affect the temperature of your car's engine.  

An engine's normal temperature should be anywhere between 195 to 220 degrees. Anything above that can cause serious problems which can lead to many needed repairs.           

Some reasons for a vehicle to get too hot include: 

Stuck Thermostat 

A car's thermostat regulates when coolant is needed in the car's engine. When a thermostat is stuck, it will prevent coolant from reaching the engine. What causes it to get stuck? An older car, with an older thermostat, will eventually fail. Also, not maintaining your vehicle can result in a build up of dirt and debris and could force your thermostat to remain closed. 

Cooling System Leak 

Often, the source of a cooling system leak is in the radiator or hoses. Just like the stuck thermostat, a leaking in the cooling system will prevent coolant from reaching the engine.  

Malfunctioning Water Pump 

The water pump is the most important part of a car's cooling system. It allows circulation of coolant throughout the engine. A non-functioning water pump will cause a car to overheat in minutes. 

Radiator Jam 

A radiator can attract all kinds of debris which, if left, will cause the radiator to get clogged up. Change the radiator fluid regularly to avoid this from happening.  

Fan Malfunction 

If a car's fan does not start functioning as soon as the vehicle reaches a certain temperature, it's important to replace it as soon as possible 

If your car is overheating, there are some tips for cooling it down and lessening the damage to the engine.

Turn OFF the air conditioner and open the windows 

Turn ON the heater and blower 

It seems counter-intuitive, but this will transfer heat from the engine to the interior part of the vehicle. 

If stuck in traffic, shift the gear into Neutral or Park and rev up the engine 

This will make the water pump and the fan speed up drawing more liquid and air through the radiator.  

Keep these tips in mind and regular maintenance, throughout the year, can ensure your car will not overheat in the hottest summer months.  

This article is ©2016 Titan Towing • All Rights Reserved