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    A Look at Some Towing Rules and Regulations

    Last updated 2 days 21 hours ago

    In the interest of every vehicle owner and tow truck company in California, the state has enacted a number of towing laws. Knowing these laws will keep your vehicle on the safe side when you publicly park in the state.

    Private Property

    If your car is parked on private property, the owner of that property can legally call a tow truck company to have your vehicle removed, without warning, at any given time. However, if your vehicle is missing one of the key components of operability—wheels, an engine, a battery—the property owner must wait 24 hours and notify police before calling a towing company.

     

    Sign Requirements

    No towing company may legally take your vehicle from public areas that lack visible, 17" by 22" signs. If the sign is obscured or undersized, a tow truck company could be found guilty of predatory towing—a scheme in which cars are illegally towed for monetary gain. Therefore, it's crucial to look for these signs and report incidents of predatory towing to your local authorities.

     

    Recovery Fees

    Fremont towing companies are prohibited from charging more than a single day's storage fee, as long as you retrieve your vehicle within 24 hours of a towing incident. So if you come to get your car within that timeframe, but the tow truck company still tries to charge you extra, the matter should probably be reported to the authorities.

     

    Restricted Times

    The parking rules of a given street or lot can all depend on the time of day or week. Some areas allow parking at night, restrict it by day, or vice versa, while many street sides are sectioned off during select periods for cleaning. Seasonal road sweeps are sometimes difficult to keep abreast of, so you must stay alert for any notification signs wherever you park your vehicle.

     

    All Ways Towing and Transport works within the law to provide quality roadside assistance in Fremont. To find out more about our services, visit us online or call us at (877) 898-6993.

    Understanding Your Towing Service Options

    Last updated 9 days ago

    On the roads of Hayward, a tow truck company might be needed for any number of tasks. In some cases, there's a stranded car, van, or truck in need of roadside assistance. In other situations, tow trucks are called upon to remove illegally parked vehicles from privately owned lots. Whatever your needs might be, it's best to know what to rightfully expect from a towing company.

    The best towing companies are staffed with nationally certified drivers who can haul vehicles of any size, in any setting, 24/7. These companies should also have multiple acres of vehicle storage space with round-the-clock security and camera surveillance. Whether a job calls for a wheel-lift truck or a car-carrying trailer, the towers should arrive quickly with the means to haul your load, regardless of the distance.

    The above services are always at your fingertips whenever you call All Ways Towing and Transport at (877) 898-6993. To learn more about our services, visit us online or come in and talk with our staff.

    Tips for Maintaining Your Car's Cooling System

    Last updated 16 days ago

    The temperature of your vehicle is regulated by its cooling system. If the system fails, you'll likely need roadside assistance. But if you understand how the cooling system works, you can lessen the need for repairs.

    Change the Coolant

    A car's cooling system contains a mix of water and ethylene-glycol coolant. In a normal climate, the ratio of these ingredients should be 50/50. However, adding coolant should only be done when the car has been parked for several hours and the system is cool. If your car overheats on the road, pull over and check underneath for leaky coolant. If none is there, pop the hood and check the plastic overflow reservoir. In either case, you'll likely need a towing company to give you roadside assistance, but the sooner you act, the more money you'll save.

    Check the Sensor

    If your car is overheating, but not leaking fluid, another possible culprit could be the sensor that activates the engine's fan. To inspect this, park your car and run the engine, then wait to see if the fan activates before the temperature goes red. If you've gotten the vehicle home and you're comfortable with replacing engine parts, you could easily buy a low-cost sensor. But if your sensor goes bad when you're out on a freeway, you should call a towing company to get your vehicle to the nearest repair shop.

    Replace the Thermostat

    If the temperature rises despite a working fan, the problem could be down to the thermostat. The thermostat is located under the engine's return hose, and you can easily replace it for a few bucks. But if a further engine test still shows the temperature going red, there could be a more serious problem with your vehicle. If that's the case, you should promptly call for roadside assistance from your trusted, local tow truck company.

    All Ways Towing and Transport offers roadside assistance to Fremont motorists with overheating vehicles. To learn more about the services we offer, visit us online or call us at (877) 898-6993.

    Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

    Last updated 23 days ago

    During winter, your car could need towing if it's not adequately prepared for snow, hail, and freezing temperatures. But with a few simple tips, you could save tons of money for the holidays.

    If your air filter is dirty, replace it for better fuel efficiency. Also check for dirty coolant—a primary culprit in roadside assistance scenarios. To ensure that your engine runs smoothly, replace any belts or hoses that are worn around the edges. If your headlights are dim or your wipers are weak, have new ones installed. Furthermore, be sure to check your tire pressure on a monthly basis. The following video offers more tips on wintertime car preparation.

    All Ways Towing and Transport offers roadside assistance to Fremont motorists. To learn more, visit us online or call us at (877) 898-6993.

    Creating an Emergency Kit for Your Car

    Last updated 1 month ago

    No car is perfect, and neither is any driver. An emergency kit can help to keep you safe while you wait for roadside assistance. Here are a few tips for creating an emergency kit for your car. 

    Survival Materials

    It is important to have certain survival materials with you at all times. Not every breakdown will be a life or death situation, but it is better to have your bases covered in cases that involve inclement weather or other danger. Granola bars, energy bars, or any other type of small snack that is loaded with protein and nutrients are always helpful. Bottles of water are also key elements for your emergency kit. Bring along a blanket because some areas can get cold at night, even during the warmer months of the year.

    Attention Tools

    If you break down in an unfamiliar area and either do not have cell phone service or the number for a tow truck, you will need tools that can help you attract attention. Roadside flares and a help sign can both be effective in attracting the attention of other drivers who can help you out. A flashlight can be used for a multitude of different purposes, and attracting attention is one of them. When you are creating your emergency kit, be sure to bring along plenty of items that can help make you as visible as possible.

    Repair Equipment

    Your emergency kit should also have tools that can help you get yourself back on the road. If you are simply stuck due to a dead battery, jumper cables can get you going again. You should also bring screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, and tire pressure gauges. Even paper towels and duct tape may be enough to get yourself back on the road depending on your situation.

    All Ways Towing and Transport is a towing and roadside assistance company that serves the Fremont area. If you would like to know more about our tow truck and roadside services, please feel free to visit our website. You can also stop by and meet with us or call us at (877) 898-6993 if you live in the area.

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