Understanding Your Car Engine Works

There was a time where only a few people understood how a car really works. Over time, schools have been educating pupils; and companies have showed the public how their specific model works. So how does an engine work?

It starts with the key in the ignition. Turning the key allows an electrical current to flow through the engine which ignites the spark plugs. A spark plug is present in all of the cylinders. It ignites with the help of a timer that is set to a sequence. The sequence usually allows spark plug one and three to ignite simultaneously and spark plug two and four to ignite afterwards.

The throttle opens the valve within the first cylinder allowing petrol to flow into the space. Once the valve is closed and the piston gets pushed down to BDC or Bottom Dead Centre, the piston compresses the petrol. Once the petrol has been compressed to capacity the spark plug ignites the gas forcing the piston to go down once again. Then the second valve opens where the piston will once again move to TDC or Top Dead Centre. After the petrol is ignited it turns into gas where it is released through the exhaust pipe.

How does the piston move?

The car works on a series of mechanisms. When the driver pushes down on the throttle it allows the petrol into the car but as chemical reactions are happening the crankshaft is turning. The crankshaft is connected to the pistons and as one set moves down, the other set is pushed up. The rod shaft or the bottom part of the piston is what is attached to the crankshaft. When the crankshaft turns, it is also turning the axle of the wheels allowing you to move forward. The wheel supplier understands this motion, so the wheels are designed to complement this action. Pistons don’t move in an up-down motion but rather a rotating motion to rotate the shaft.

When it comes to the turbo version, the gases that get released from the cylinder head go through the turbo body. The turbo element compresses the gases inside and releases them through the exhaust pipe giving the car a boost.

Diesel engines work slightly differently. Diesel is a non-flammable liquid that cannot ignite on its own. When the diesel is inside the cylinder head, the piston compresses it and only then will it ignite. Diesel is a cheaper fuel but creates more noise. It is ideal for vehicles that are more powerful especially those with the bigger engines.

There is obviously more that goes into the whole process but at least you know the basics now.

Recycle Your Old Car

An auto wrecker is essentially an auto recycler for end-of-life cars. Auto recycling has become a huge industry worldwide. The reason for this is that recycling damaged/ dysfunctional functional cars is necessary for their safe disposal. Recycling of cars is beneficial for the environment as well.

Let us see how an auto wrecker recycles a dysfunctional car:

Step 1: Bringing the car to the wrecking yard

Cars that are discarded need to be brought to the wrecking yard. Some car owners sell their cars to auto wreckers. They may bring the car to the yard. However, if the car is in a state that it cannot be brought to the yard, auto wreckers offer the services of towing such vehicles. Some owners may abandon their cars on the road. Auto wreckers tow away such cars also.

Step 2: Removal of parts

Various parts of the car are removed carefully for sale/ disposal. Parts such as engine, chassis, battery, catalytic converter are removed first. Next, the wheels and tires are removed. After this the fluids such as antifreeze, engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc. are removed. This is followed by removal of functional parts such as stereo, mirrors, headlights, tail lights, etc.

Step 3: Restoration of parts

Certain parts may have minor damages which can be repaired. These are restored.

Step 4: Recycling of car parts

Many parts are recycled. For instance, old car batteries are used for manufacturing new ones. Fluids such as antifreeze can be recycled to produce fresh antifreeze. Oils are recycled to produce fuels, etc. Parts such as tires and broken glass find application in other areas.

Step 5: Recycling Steel

The major portion of the car is its body which contains steel. This is crushed into a small chunk and then shred and sold. This steel finds application in many areas. Steel is in great demand worldwide. Its production is harmful to the environment. This is because it uses up our ores other natural resources and releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Using recycled steel is economical and reduces the demands on the environment.

Therefore we see that auto recycling yields a large number of car parts which can be reused. The good news is that most people now prefer used car parts instead of new ones. The main reason for this is that used parts are much cheaper than new parts.
Hence, we see that an auto wrecker does a service for the society by recycling a car!

Tips Driving At Night

STAY CALM AND FEARLESS

Have a relaxed mindset, and never panic during your night driving. Being fearless and sticking onto the road rules would make you half a way through the journey. We have seen some new drivers, who panic in some situations causing them to applying break forcefully, shaking the gear leaver to know in which number of gear they are in or clicking the viper blades or indicators coming in action when they panic. Try not to be that, stay calm and do your actions.

Keep your windshield clean. Remove off the stains, dried drops, smudges, finger prints, dust and greasy matters to have a clear vision of the road in the night driving glare. First, lift the vipers from the bonnet using your hand and de-dust it, then pour a sufficient amount of water all over the windshield and allow draining. Now, use your viper gear to clean the windshield by squeezing the detergents stored under the hood. Following these steps will make you to avoid mild scratches on your wind glasses and have a clear vision on the road.

Applying the viper as such to clean the windshield may swipe up the dirt and mud particles accumulated around the blades and can cause permanent scratches on your windshield.

GLARY NIGHT VISION AT NIGHT DRIVING

Additional care should be paid for car driving, especially by the beginners to moderate skilled drivers during night times, than during the day. Driving the car at night times seems to be a scary part for many drivers due to the glary vision of the opposite vehicle that leads them blind for some microseconds when passing by. Keep in mind, glary visions are the main dangers of driving at night.

For this, avoid seeing the light beams of the opposite vehicle and concentrate on the road space required for the lively movement of your car during the exact crossing time of the opposite vehicle. While crossing, if you are not sure about the road, don’t apply, but be ready to pedal on the brake, particularly when you travel on the road where you handled some patches and damages already.

LOW/HIGH BEAM LEVER

Use your high and low beam indicator wisely. Use high beams at night driving only when you see no cars on the opposite side. Flipping from low to high beam for a while can actually help you in finding the pot holes, humps, broken ridges and the damaged roads even at long distance with a shadowed vision.

Pull down the high beam to low level to make your nearby road visible while you pass the opposite vehicle on the same road. This on the other hand, indicates the opposite vehicle driver to do the same, so that both the drivers may have a better vision in low beam (some drivers don’t obey this and no need to worry about it). If you head other vehicles coming opposite continuously, try to be in the low beam position. This will help the opposite driver to have his vision properly without your high beam.

KEEP YOUR VISION LONG

Keep your eye sights long to the end of the road covering almost all the area of your road. Try to understand this. When you drive in dark, try to keep your sight sticking to the regions as your car head lamps explore new areas of the roads. Actually, this will help us to have some time to react when we find some abnormalities on the roads like, humps, potholes, speed breakers and etc.

PARKING LIGHT FOR ROUGH ROADS

Roads are always associated with patches and damages contributing to small to large damages to the vehicle. In some bad cases, a neat, smooth road ends all of a sudden and continues to be a bad, damaged roads with pits and hard rocks. This is often faced during the night driving time causing the car more vulnerable to hurt, especially when you drive at a constant high speed. When you face such situation, slowing your car immediately may harm your car, as the vehicles following you don’t expect this from you. In such cases, switch your parking light in one hand and this can indicate the drivers coming behind you to control their speed without hitting your car’s back.

I have tried this many a time where I felt safe.

Especially, when you lead on a road followed by three or four vehicles behind you at constant speed wouldn’t expect you to stop or slowing suddenly for a bad scenario in the middle of the road unexpectedly. Sometimes running your car on the damages roads is better than getting hit by the rear following vehicles.

If you want to stop your car crisply in such cases, cut down your speed from 100 km/h till it reaches to 60-50km/h and release the brake and re-press the brake pedal hardly once again will make your car stop safely. Not to harm your co-passengers, give signal to your passengers on emergency braking.

SLEEPY DRIVERS

Sleepy drivers are really the dangerous giant in the roads of both day and night driving whom we need to get rid of. But more often, the vulnerability is higher at night times due to less traffic and perfect time to sleep, especially for those who are tired of driving from long distance. Even research has been done on this and found that tiresome drivers take micro sleep for 6 to 10 seconds without their knowledge.

Giving a short horn during overtakes, particularly for long vehicles like trucks, lorry, buses and etc., would add another layer of safety for you. Pressing the horn for twice would make the truck driver to have a notice on you and your activities.

OVERTAKE USING OTHER CAR WINDSHIELD

Sometimes we see groups of vehicles flocks together on overtaking heavy loaded or long vehicles. In such situations, based on the chance of crossing one another, you may have to remain in the flock by driving at slow speed for a while. Later the group gets disperse as vehicles move ahead overtaking one after another. In such cases, we might continue to stay in the same lane, while one or two other vehicles of same lane direction would move to the opposite lane to overtake. If you are among the one behind the vehicle travelling in the opposite lane, it is more responsible job for you to have your safety.

Sometimes the overtaking vehicle would come back into its own lane, while heading another vehicle on the opposite lane. Also, the overtaking driver may have time and space only for his vehicle to pass on, where you might end up in trouble following him on the opposite lane. This generally happens to many drivers when they lose their patience in staying in the flock of vehicles for some time. During overtakes, as you have a vehicle before you, try to see through his windshield to get an idea about the opposite lane vehicle. This can actually help you to have some extra time to decide to slow down or coming back to your lane again

SHORT HORN SOUNDS

Give short horns at regular intervals (pom pom pom) than pressing the horn to give a long press (poooooooom). This might sound funny, but it actually works. Especially, when we get in contact with other roads passing across or the road that connects to the highways. Giving such short horns would make the people to notice about your car coming being ready to cross the road.

Some roads are broad for long distance and later divides into two roads, while a short half a meter height divider separates two roads which has blurred marking or with no reflector stickers. This type of dividers is risky specifically when they start after coming down from a bridge. All kinds of such problems are not such a big problem in daylight, however, in the night driving, especially when we travel on the new roads, it is highly important. So beware of short divider.

TURNING ROADS AND BAD CURVES

Turning roads are actually a trap for us, it seems simpler than they actually appear. This is not about the hair-pin bending where we would not be at a pace of speed.
When you don’t get the vision of the bending road, for sure be alert and bring the speed down is on the safer side. Never misjudge the road curve for our safety measures. At times, some open land roads have some treats like, that we might not know whether the road bends to the right or left until you reach closure. Make sure you stick on to the lane and pull down the speed in such situation without being panic.

EMPTY WATER BOTTLE

Having juices and beverages on travel might add a great value for the journey, however small bottles of less than a litre may cause some trouble if it is on the floor unnoticed in dim light, as they may run in between the three pedals. But no need to remember a horror scene whenever you see a pet bottle in the car, rather just keep an eye on them when you are handling them.

BE A REAL HERO

When you feel sleepy, never hesitate to leave the driver’s seat for the sake prestige or fame. A real driver never takes chances in collapsing the whole happy journey or the fun of driving a car. Feeling tired and sleepy after a long continuous drive is actually a human nature and some of us really feel shame telling we feel sleepy and handing over the car to our spouse or friends. Most accidents happening at night time are higher due to lack of sleep of the drivers which is bad for us and others too.

Tips For Saving Your Cars Fuel

As gas prices continue to increase, drivers are looking for new ideas on ways to cut down their fuel expenses while conserving as much gas as possible. All the while, new companies claiming to have “miracle” products, such as fuel and engine additives, are fooling the public into believing these merchandises actually work.

All this does is trick consumers into spending even more money on a product that has little or no effect toward fuel consumption and conservation. Continue reading to learn the truth behind improving fuel mileage and consumption for your car or truck.

Improving Gas Mileage on Your Own

There are several things a driver can do to increase the miles they get per gallon. Changing up driving habits is the first place to start. Using slower speeds on the interstate, avoiding full-throttle accelerations, using steady speeds, and more, are all effective methods to improving your gas mileage. The first place to start, as mentioned before, is to change your driving habits in general. This includes the following:

  • Use Slower Speeds
  • Empty the Trunk Space
  • Reduce Excess Weight Inside the Vehicle
  • Avoid Extended Idling
  • Combine Errands and Trips
  • Drive Smoothly
  • Avoid High-Cruising Speeds on the Interstate

Slowing down in general uses less fuel. If you exceed speed limits regularly, or accelerate quickly from a standstill, it will rapidly use up the fuel in a car or truck. This is the same for highway cruising speeds. It helps to slow down to the lawful speed limit on interstates for safety; but it can also minimize daily fuel consumption.Removing excess weight from the back seat and trunk can reduce the overall weight of a vehicle, which allows it to use less fuel to operate. Idling uses a great deal of gas as well.

Try to avoid situations that require a vehicle to run while not in drive mode. If stuck in traffic jams, turn the engine off to avoid overheating and massive fuel consumption. And last, syndicating errands and trips can reduce mileage in general, which in return, reduces the amount of fuel needed for each day.

Routine Vehicle Maintenance

On top of driving habits, careful vehicle maintenance is important to consider when it comes to saving fuel and improving gas mileage. For example, it is vital to use the proper engine oil for a vehicle. The degree of viscosity must be appropriate for the type of engine in a car. If a driver uses higher viscosity oil than required, it will create more drag on the internal engine components.

Some mechanics will recommend using more viscous oil as a vehicle ages, but this is false. It will cause the engine to work harder, especially in cold weather, and constantly reduces gas mileage with every drive. Other areas to improve or properly maintain include:

  • Tire Pressure
  • Spark Plugs
  • Fuel Grade
  • Air Filters
  • Check Engine Lights
  • Carbon Removal
  • Clean Air Induction System

Tips Driving With Kids

It may be surprising to hear that one of the leading causes of death among children is auto injuries. This is often due to parents not taking proper precautions. It is estimated that of children under 12 years of age who died in car crashes in 2015, 35% of them were not in a safety seat or using a seat belt. For parents, just a little knowledge can go a long way in ensuring children’s safety in vehicles.

Sadly, drunk drivers are one of the leading causes of child passenger deaths, and over 60% of these deaths are from the children’s own parents drinking while they are driving. When a parent drives drunk with their children, over 60% do not properly restrain or buckle up their child. For your children’s safety, never drink and drive.

It has also been found that children learn auto safety habits from their parents. Nearly 40% of children that are riding in a vehicle where their parents didn’t bother to put on their seatbelts also did not have their seat belts on. Simply teaching your children to never get in a car without putting on their seat belt can be life saving.

Another big issue with child safety in automobiles is incorrectly used car seats, booster seats and seat belts. When using a car or booster seat, it is critical to read the instruction manual. The manual will give parents the details for proper installation of the seat into the vehicle and its proper use, not to mention the appropriate ages and heights that the seats are used for. It is estimated that over 45% of typical child restraint devices are used incorrectly by parents, thus reducing their effectiveness and even putting the child in harm’s way.

The fact is, proper usage of child restraint devices such as booster seats, car seats and seat belts is the #1 way to protect your child from fatal and serious injuries while you are driving. Proper use of a car seat reduces the risk of injury and death for infants by over 70%. For toddlers, ages 1 through 4 years old, the use of age appropriate car seats reduces the risk of injury by over 50%. For larger kids, ages 4 through 8 years old, a booster seat has been shown to reduce the risk of injury by 45%, when used in conjunction with a seat belt. Of course, for children over 8 and teens, proper seat belt use reduces the risk of injury and death in a vehicle by about half.

Things You Should Consider While Driving

Driving is the most common activity people do nowadays. With so many people on the road, we all have to abide by the law and stick to the road rules. This is good, but it you also need to be polite and friendly for a good driving experience..

Driving on highways is more difficult these days because of the amount of cars on the road. This sheer volume of cars causes congestion which brings with it other problems. The easiest way to get the best out of the driving experience is by being courteous and polite.

  • Let a driver through – if you see a driver indicating and moving ahead of you to change lanes, let them through. It won’t affect your trip in any way and you will feel better knowing that no one will swerve in front of you.
  • Stop at a pedestrian crossing – when you reach a pedestrian crossing and see that people are waiting to cross the road. Do the right thing and stop. Allow them to cross safely then proceed. Do the same at a stop sign. Many people do slow down at the stop sign and proceed when they know it’s their turn. Remember that a pedestrian is allowed to cross the road too. Since they were there first, they have right of way too.
  • Move to the slow lane – there are usually three or more lanes on a highway. The lane on the far right side is for cars to pass by. The lane on the far left side where you should be if you driving the speed limit or slower. Usually trucks choose this lane as they do not usually have to pass any cars. If you want accelerate past the car ahead of you, don’t hoot at the car that is in the correct lane or put pressure on them. Simply move to the right lane and pass them. The rule is keep left, pass right.
  • Fast lane is for passing – the same applies for the fast lane. Don’t drive half the speed limit of the fast lane. This lane is only for passing other cars. If you tend to pass cars often, you can remain in the middle lane and pass in the right lane when approach other vehicles.
  • Own the mistake – if you have made an incorrect manoeuvre, make sure that you apologise to the other drivers that had to slam on brakes not to crash into you. It would also be wise to do the apology sincerely without laughing or smiling innocently.
  • Warn people – sometimes people don’t realise that their lights are not on at night. Warn them by simply flashing them with your “brights”. When drivers flash another driver it usually means that there is something wrong or that you need to put your lights on. Also warn people if you brake suddenly by using your hazards. There may be an accident or a wheel on the road that causes congestion.
  • Say thank you – if someone lets you through into their lane make sure that you thank them. You can do this either by putting your hand up to show that you have acknowledged their kind gesture or you can switch your hazards on for two blinks.
  • Simultaneous stop – this is where your “brights” come in handy again. Not often does it happen that two drivers arrive at the same stop sign at the same time but often a little bright light can indicate that you give them right of way first.

Following the general rules of the road as well as a few courteous one will make the journey more pleasant. Always be polite to the other drivers and they will surely be polite back to you.

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Tips Became Driver Instruction

Are you planning to achieve your driving license by passing the test with flying colours? Most of the people tend to think that enrolling in a reputed driving school is the only solution for that. However, it is not the only criteria. Registering under a reliable driving instructor is of extreme importance in this case. It is not always easy to find a qualified driving instructor among so many people who claim to be the experienced ones. You need to keep a close eye on the qualities of an instructor to make sure you are not making any mistake.

The instructors do not only make you aware of the techniques and rules of driving but also remain as the most significant support throughout the time when you need someone to sit beside you and assure you so that you can end up learning fast. Finding an instructor having all the qualities may not be possible. However, some key factors are there that you are required to consider when you are about to enrol in driving schools under a qualified trainer. Check out some of those qualities that the instructor you are choosing must possess.

Tolerance: As a beginner of driving, you may have a lot of queries running inside your mind, and you cannot learn the particular rules without resolving the queries. Therefore, you need to find an instructor who does not show any reluctance to answer your questions without losing the calm of mind. Once the instructor keeps the calm, it will be easy for you to communicate regarding your drawbacks and learn the new aspects of driving with sheer confidence.

Experience: Experience is undoubtedly one of the most necessary criteria for an instructor to have. A lot of drivers can have excellent driving skills, but that does not make them a competent instructor in any way. They must have a niche of instructing the learners. Experience of guiding makes them know the type of driving skills that can be provided to you for enhancing your spirit of learning. Having an expertise also let the instructors assess the challenges of learning to drive beforehand and help you to overcome those smoothly.

Punctual: The popular perception may suggest that the learners need to be present on the driving location at the right time. However, as a learner, you will never feel motivated to develop the driving skills unless you find your instructor present on the venue before time. Therefore, being punctual should also be considered as one of the necessary qualities of the instructor you are choosing.

Supportive: Having the lack of adequate confidence is quite reasonable in the case of learners. Nervousness is undoubtedly another weakness the learners are sure to have for the first few days of the lessons when they are yet to learn the necessary skills of driving. The supportive local driving instructors will not let you lose the confidence. You will find them by your side, making you aware of the mistakes you have made while learning the skills in a disciplined way. In the case, you see your instructor is leaving in fate’s hand and binding you in general practice only, consider it as high time to change your preference as you are not going to learn anything under his supervision.

Step To Get Hazard Test

If you are in the UK, you will have to pass two tests to get your driving license, and the Hazard Perception Test is part of the tests. This test includes MCQs as well. Let’s know more about this test.

Developing Hazard

In a developing hazard situation, the driver has to change the speed or direction of the vehicle to avoid a collision. With time, developing hazards change. In the beginning, they include a non-threatening situation and takes 10 seconds to develop into a situation where the driver has to be defensive to avoid running into another vehicle. Most of hazards are quite predictable, and the driver is expected to control the vehicle based on the warning signs.

How Does The Test Work?

The test involves a theoretical part where you have to respond to around 14 video clips. The duration of the clips is around 60 seconds. The total points of the score are 75. You will get 5 points each time you will spot a hazard. In first set of 13 videos, you have one hazard to spot, and the remaining video has just 2 hazards. If you want to pass the test, the minimum points you need are 44. None of the clips has audio.

Each video starts with a still frame and a countdown timer begins at 10. As soon as the timer hits zero, the clip will start and you will be required to deal with the developing hazard.

The computer will show a red flag on the grey banner to let you know that your response has been recorded. As soon as you have watched a video, the red flag on the banner will disappear. The screen goes black for a couple of seconds at the end of a video.

The Purpose of the hazard perception test

Given below are the purposes of the hazard perception test:

· Both young and qualified drivers are more prone to collisions. In most cases, the accidents happen due to their fault.

· Newly qualified drivers find it hard to spot a hazard and deal with it. So, they are required to pass the hazard perception test.

· Another great purpose of this test is to improve the skills of the drivers so that they can avoid collisions.

· The test makes sure that new drivers know what hazard perception is. If they are familiar with it, they will be in a better position to spot hazards and avoid them.

· Another important purpose of the test is to give a bit more time to new drivers to get more experience. This way they can become better drivers with the passage of time.

So, if you have been planning to get your driving license, we suggest that you keep the information given in this article in your mind. This way you will be better prepared for the hazard perception test, and you will be more likely to pass the test with flying colors. After all, you don’t want to end up colliding your car with another vehicle on the road.

Tips For Cleaning Your Car

Keeping your car clean and ready to face any weather challenges in the autumn is important. That way you will be comfortable in the vehicle no matter the weather conditions, but most importantly you will be safe.

One way to ensure your vehicle is well-maintained is to acquire mobile car valeting services. The experts know well enough how to take care of the dirt and focus on areas that get the most dirt. However, you shouldn’t solely rely on professionals, since you may need to address cleaning chores in regards to your car at any time. Here is what you need to pay attention to:

Remove leaves – don’t let your vehicle stay under a blanket of leaves. They leave dirt, dust and other spoils on the exterior, which can seriously threaten the look of the car. Get a soft brush and remove fallen leaves from your car every day. It goes without saying that you best keep the vehicle off of areas with too many trees. Ideally, you should park in a garage. If that is not available, then do your part removing leaves from the exterior.

Clean under the bonnet – with all of those leaves flying around, some of them are bound to get under the hood. The area below the windscreen is called the plenum chamber and often accumulates leaves and other loose debris. Don’t let this part of your car block up, as that could lead to unwanted damage. Be especially careful with water seeping through. It could mess with your car’s electronics and cost you a small fortune to fix.

Keep windows clean – there is a layer of dirt that often builds up on the outside of window surfaces. Multiple factors contribute to this: wind that moves dirt and dust onto the car, leaves and other debris that accumulate spoils and others. Before you go on a long distance drive, make sure all windows of the car are in good condition. You want perfect visibility, and the only way to achieve that is by giving the windows a good wash.

Check the wiper blades – usually, your wiper blades should last six months, but proper care can, in fact, extend that period. Keep in mind that autumn and winter and the two seasons wiper blades see the most use. That is why you should often wipe them with a soft cloth and keep dirt and dust off of them to prolong their lifespan. While you are at it, keep the washer fluid reservoir full at all times. You don’t want it to run out when you need it the most.

Clean the lights – know that LEDs don’t normally generate enough heat to deal with the frost and water on the lights. For this reason, you should clean the lights in severe weather conditions, especially before you take off.

By following these tips, you guarantee that your car will remain clean throughout autumn and well into winter. Mobile car valeting services or not, make sure you and your vehicle are safe.

All About Towing Company

When it comes to choosing a towing company, for whatever reason it is that you require wrecker services, it is important to first review a list of model qualifications to separate the reliable companies from the “here today gone tomorrow” towing companies. If you want to make sure the wrecker company of your choice is a reliable one, then it is best to begin by learning the ten signs that measure a company’s level of professionalism and dependability. These signs can help you to better gauge whether or not a wrecker company is right for your towing needs. Continue reading to learn these ten signs, and be prepared for the next time you need a tow.

Customer Reviews

One of the best places to start is by looking for past and current customer reviews. If a company has nothing but terrible reviews from actual customers, there probably isn’t a reason to continue gauging their credentials. Customer reviews are powerful, and can best identify a company’s business ethics and workmanship. But keep in mind that sometimes, customer reviews are very one-sided. If there are only a few poor reviews, do not let this thwart you from learning more about the company, or using their services.

Full Fee Disclosure

It is important that a towing service is willing and open to disclosing all towing prices and fees before providing their services. This shows that you can trust them and that they are honest. It also ensures that you will not be billed extra charges after receiving their services.

Licenses and Insurance

Always make sure a towing company retains all the proper licensing and insurance needed to be in compliance with your state’s regulations. This is for liability purposes in the case of an accident or damage to the tow truck. This also indicates they are a professional and lawfully-operating business.

Employee Drug Testing

If a towing company employs drivers that are drug-free, you can rest assure that they are qualified, responsible, and capable of providing safe towing services.

Employee Background Checks

It is also important for a towing company to perform state and federal background checks on all drivers before employing them. This ensures that their tow truck operators are reliable and upstanding citizens.

Employee Driving Record Checks

A towing service should be serious about employing drivers with valid drivers’ licenses and good driving records. This is a sign of professionalism and increases customer confidence.

Certifications for Drivers

Certified tow truck drivers indicates a company’s professionalism and driver’s qualifications. Examples of such certifications include Wreck Master, Towing and Recovery Association of America, and State certifications.

Vehicle Security

A towing company should have an effective 24 hour monitoring system for all towed vehicles. Proficient vehicle security thwarts theft and vandalism. You can rest assure your car or truck will still be there when it’s time to pick it up.

Diverse Fleet and Sufficient Equipment

You want to make sure a towing company has a diverse selection of tow trucks, recovery vehicles, and other specialized towing equipment. Not only does this indicate a higher level of professionalism, it ensures they are fully-equipped to handle any towing need or situation.

GPS Systems

If an Indianapolis towing company does not have modern navigational systems in their tow trucks, they are probably a small time company or a fly-by-the-night towing service. A small company is not a bad thing, especially for quick or light-duty towing needs, but if you have an expensive vehicle or a towing need that is complex and difficult, you might want a company with modernized practices, like GPS systems. This also ensures a faster respond time, meaning less waiting times.