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August 21, 2017
Top Causes of Car Breakdowns
Here at Bear Creek Towing in Evergreen, we know that getting stranded on an unfamiliar road is never ideal. Learning about the top causes of car breakdowns can help you avoid this unpleasant experience, starting with regular maintenance checks that will help you identify and repair potential issues before hitting the open road.
Based on what we’ve encountered while providing reliable towing and emergency roadside services is that, apart from car accidents, the following are the top causes of car breakdowns.
Running Out of Gas
This happens most often when drivers are in an unfamiliar area and forget to keep their tank full. If you do not know where the next gas station is, then it's better to be safe than sorry. Don't let your gas tank get too low, it's just not worth the risk of running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere!
One of the most common culprits for a complete breakdown is engine trouble. Most drivers at some point have seen a forlorn looking car pulled over to the side of the road, smoke billowing from beneath the hood. This is usually due to an overheated engine, which can be caused by coolant leak or a failure in the radiator. If your car overheats, it may start again once cooled, but your best bet is to always call us for a tow to ensure no further damage to your engine.
Getting locked out of your car is incredibly frustrating, especially if you are forced to call for assistance and pay a locksmith just to open your car. One good prevention method for this situation is to have an extra set of keys made and stored at home or in your workplace. This way, if you lose your keys, or accidentally lock them inside your car, you will have an alternative option.
A flat tire is more likely to occur when they are worn down or at the wrong pressure. Avoid this issue by regularly checking your tire pressure when the tires are cold and keeping it properly adjusted. Have your tires rotated and balanced to ensure the treads are evenly worn and less likely to blow out. Now, if you find yourself with a flat here in Evergreen, Conifer, West Golden or the surrounding mountain areas, you’re welcome to give us a call. We’ll help with your spare or give you a tow if needed.
Failures in the transmission can be difficult to spot, but they do often contribute to complete vehicle breakdowns. If you feel a jerking or slipping sensation when putting your automatic transmission into gear, remember to get your transmission fluid checked without delay to avoid potential issues.
Every battery has a finite lifespan. This lifespan can be shortened if you drive in extremely hot or cold conditions. Have your battery checked regularly, and if you notice dim or flickering lights while driving, get your electrical system checked out, too. A dead battery or alternator is inconvenient but preventable in most cases.
Now that you know the top causes of car breakdowns, it should be easier to avoid one. For drivers in the Evergreen and surrounding mountain areas experiencing roadside emergencies, Bear Creek Towing is here to help. We offer 24/7 roadside assistance, towing and vehicle recovery – give us a call!
July 19, 2017
Fun Things to Do in Evergreen, Colorado
Visitors and residents looking for fun things to do in Evergreen, Colorado are spoiled with choices. Bear Creek Towing operates out of Evergreen, and we pride ourselves on knowing the area very well. Our team has put together a list of our favorite family-friendly activities. From enjoying arts and culture to exploring the great outdoors, our town has plenty of attractions right on its doorstep. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of school vacation and the good weather to get out and about.
The town of Evergreen is host to a number of historic sites. First up on our list is the Hiwan Homestead Museum, which offers a guided tour through its 25 rooms of exhibits. Visitors can view Native American artwork and follow the story of Evergreen's history right up to modern day. The Big E Game Ranch is another site offering a glimpse into the past. The ranch allows an up-close view of American bison, elk, and deer. Visitors can imagine a time when these majestic creatures roamed wild across the open plains.
Evergreen's parks are a huge draw both in the summer and the winter. Evergreen Lake Park offers scenic walking trails and the opportunity to fish, canoe and kayak. Music lovers can enjoy the annual open-air Summer Concert Series. When temperatures drop, the lake freezes over, converting into an enormous skating rink. Those brave enough to take to the ice can warm themselves up afterward at the welcoming stone fireplace of Evergreen Lake Lodge.
Everybody can get creative at the Center for the Arts Evergreen. There are a variety of classes and workshops covering figure drawing, painting, and ceramics for both adults and children. The center showcases work by local artists and is host to a good mix of cultural events, concerts, and lectures throughout the year.
The Three Sisters Park is home to Evergreen Mountain and is a huge draw for extreme sports lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. With 15 miles of mountain biking trails, riders can cruise past many stunning rock formations and expansive views of the hills below. Hikers can reach the summit of Evergreen Mountain in a six-mile round-trip with 1,100 feet of elevation. Other local outdoor activities include the Evergreen Rodeo, a two-day event filled with family friendly activities. Beginning with a parade through downtown, the fun continues with a community pancake breakfast and traditional rodeo competitions.
With all of these fun things to do in Evergreen, Colorado, keeping the family entertained will be easy this summer and even into winter. Remember that Bear Creek Towing offers damage-free, towing services to vehicles across Evergreen, West Golden, Conifer and the surrounding mountain areas. If you find yourself with a broken-down vehicle or stuck on a difficult road, there is no need to worry. Our team responds to calls 24/7. Our services also include trailer and boat towing, emergency roadside assistance and classic car transport. You can depend on our family owned business for affordable and friendly service.
June 18, 2017
What to Do Next if Your Car Breaks Down
A vehicle breakdown in the middle of your journey is never fun. Here at Bear Creek Towing, we want to remind you what to do next if your car breaks down. Whether you are a novice driver or an experienced road tripper, there's no harm in reminding yourself of the steps to take when your car decides to give you trouble. With temperatures climbing, we are seeing more cases of failing radiators and overheating engines. It could be as simple as a flat tire or an empty gas tank, but once you are stranded on the side of the road, it can start to feel like an overwhelming situation.
First, you need to get your car off the road to avoid getting hit by other vehicles. As soon as you see a warning light, or feel your car start to fail, gradually slow down. Turn your hazard lights on to warn drivers behind you and pull off the road safely. Once you are out of the way of traffic, put your car into park, pull up the emergency brake and turn your wheels to face away from the road. You don't want your car to roll back into traffic at any point, accidentally, so it's best to take these precautions.
Calling for help is the second step on our list of what to do next if your car breaks down. Try to always have a fully charged mobile phone in the car with you at all times. They are by far the easiest mode of communication. Contact Bear Creek Towing for roadside service, AAA, or your auto insurance provider if they offer emergency roadside assistance as part of your policy. Give the details of your car and its location and ask for their approximate time of arrival. It's a good idea also to call a family member or nearby friend to update them on your situation.
Once you have called for help, there's nothing much you can do apart from playing the waiting game. Try to make it clear to other drivers from a distance that your car is broken down. This is especially important if you are on the side of a highway with heavy traffic and speeding vehicles. Keep your hazard lights on and raise the hood of your car. If you have road flares or an emergency triangle, place them about 50 feet from your car so that the oncoming traffic will have plenty of warning.
Once you have made yourself as safe as possible, it is best to wait inside the car and not start wandering down the highway. Pedestrian fatalities are all too common, and the tow truck or roadside service professional won't be able to do anything with your vehicle if you are not present. Sit tight and don't be tempted to get out and start tinkering with the engine yourself. If you've never repaired your car before or changed a tire by yourself, now is not the time to make the first attempt.
By remembering these on tips what to do next if your car breaks down, you should have a better driving experience. For roadside assistance in Evergreen, Conifer, West Golden, and the surrounding mountain areas, you can depend on Bear Creek Towing for fast and friendly service. Keep our number in your car and saved in your phone for peace of mind. We’re available 24/7 to give you a hand.
May 22, 2017
Summer Driving Safety Tips
As temperatures rise, road trips, summer vacations and fun in the sun come to mind. Bear Creek Towing offers these summer driving safety tips to help you make the most of your vehicle in the coming months. It's important to remember that summer brings unique driving conditions and potential hazards. Follow our advice to enjoy driving in the summer and lower your risk of issues.
Many drivers take their cars to a mechanic before the start of winter for a tune-up. This is a smart move, but if your vehicle hasn't received a general maintenance check since that time, it may be a good idea to give it another once-over. An auto technician will check your tires for wear and ensure all systems are operating well. During the hotter months, your car's cooling system has to work harder to prevent your engine from overheating, so it’s especially important to inspect the cooling system and ensure your radiator has sufficient coolant. Skip this step, and you could find yourself having to request tow service.
When driving in the summer, remember that you are more likely to share the road with cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Be extra vigilant in leaving plenty of space between your vehicle and motorcycles and bikes. Remember that they can stop much more quickly than a typical vehicle. School vacations also mean children will be playing outside and invading residential streets with scooters, skateboards and stray frisbees or balls. Take care to drive slowly in residential areas and don't expect perfect road awareness from kids.
Taking a road trip or driving out of state can be fun for all the family in the summertime. Remember to stop every couple of hours to stretch your legs, visit the restroom, get a snack and rehydrate. This is an excellent opportunity for the driver to take a rest, or reply to any text messages or phone calls they may have received while behind the wheel. To prevent excessive drowsiness and the associated risks, you should share the burden by alternating drivers regularly. If this is not possible, make sure your driver has the option to rest when they need to.
A child locked in a car on a sunny day can suffer heatstroke in less than 10 minutes. Their smaller bodies can heat up 3-5 times faster than an adult, and they may not be able to communicate their distress. To prevent a tragic accident, never leave children, disabled adults, or pets in a parked car, even with the AC on or the window open. Make sure you check the front and back of your vehicle for children playing “hide and seek” before you lock it and walk away. Finally, never leave your car keys where a child could reach them and end up accidentally hurting themselves.
Following these summer driving safety tips should keep you and your passengers happy and protected over the coming months. If you do suffer a breakdown or get into trouble on the road during the summer, remember that Bear Creek Towing offers complete roadside assistance around the Denver area. You can contact us for help around the clock, every day of the year.
April 15, 2017
Don't Try and Escape with Your Car From a Tow Truck
Although it seems obvious, here at Bear Creek Towing, we offer this reminder: don’t try and escape with your car from a tow truck. After hearing reports of various attempts by drivers to commandeer their seized vehicles and flee the scene, we have realized that this does happen. Unfortunately, even those who manage to do it successfully end up with some serious damage to their car.
According to a report by the Huffington Post, a driver in Orlando, Florida made a futile attempt to reclaim his SUV after it had already been mounted on a tow truck. Despite aggressively ramming his vehicle forward and backward repeatedly, it seems like the only thing he managed to do was attract the attention of passers-by in the public parking lot. What the driver may not have realized, is that after a vehicle is placed onto the flatbed of a tow truck, it is secured with hoist slings, to prevent it from rolling off. Any attempt to drive it off the truck after it has been secured will just result in a frustrating struggle and inevitable damage to your vehicle.
Apart from being a reckless thing to do, if you succeed in driving your car off a tow truck, as this Chicago driver did, you can expect a harsh impact to your vehicle. As severe as a minor collision, it will probably cause considerable damage to your suspension system, knock your wheels out of alignment and possibly burst your tires, not to mention the possibility of giving you whiplash. If you will end up having to pay out of pocket to fix all those damages, why not just accept the fine or penalty you have received in the first place? At least you won’t have to call for a tow to pick up your broken-down vehicle.
What makes this phenomenon even more interesting, is knowing that the authorities already have the identification of the driver and vehicle registration by the time these escape attempts happen. Drivers are not only committing a crime by taking back their vehicles, they are making it very easy for the authorities to track them down and prosecute them for that offense. Trying to escape from a tow truck really is not worth all the hassle when you think about it.
Lastly, driving your vehicle aggressively off a tow truck can be dangerous, both to the driver and any passengers as well as innocent bystanders. Motorists and pedestrians are not expecting any vehicles to drop from a height off a tow truck. If your car has been picked up from an area with heavy traffic flow, it is likely that you could cause an accident or seriously hurt someone by pulling this risky maneuver.
We know it is frustrating to have your car impounded, but please, don’t try and escape with your car from a tow truck! For more information about safe use of tow trucks or to inquire about our range of professional services, do not hesitate to contact Bear Creek Towing.