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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.
March 21, 2017
Day Trips from Denver
Summer or Winter, there is plenty to do nearby to liven up your weekend. Bear Creek Towing has put together a list of our favorite day trips from Denver to give you some inspiration. Just remember that if you’re ever in Evergreen, Conifer, West Golden, or the surrounding mountain areas, we’re here to help you out just in case you run into trouble.
When was the last time you explored one of the natural wonders or historic sites of Colorado? Residents of Denver are lucky enough to have a whole host of attractions right on our doorstep. Within a just few hours’ drive, you can find stunning national parks for hiking, biking or fishing, as well as great ski spots, and plenty of cultural attractions.
Spend a day in nearby Golden and explore the Old West-themed downtown area or take a free tour of the Coors Brewery. The nearby Red Rocks Amphitheater offers a visitor center open throughout the year. You can check out their Hall of Fame, featuring memorabilia from the 40 years of concerts and events held there. Take the 1.4-mile hiking trail to appreciate the wonder of this natural formation fully.
South Park is located just an hour and 40 minutes from Denver and is the ideal spot to get in touch with nature. Skiing, fishing, horseback riding and hiking are favorite activities for day trippers to this quaint mountain town. If the great outdoors is not your thing, don't worry. There is plenty to see in the South Park City Museum, where you will find a complete restoration of a 19th-century mining town. Explore Colorado of the past and learn what life was like for our early inhabitants. When leaving South Park, be sure to look out for the abandoned ghost towns on the outskirts of town.
One of the most popular day trips from Denver has to be Rocky Mountain National Park. With a dramatic landscape of canyons, lakes, and waterfalls to explore, nature lovers will feel like they are in paradise. During Summer, the park offers great mountain biking, rock climbing, and wildlife watching opportunities. Winter visitors can take advantage of the trails adapted to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Conveniently located and just over an hour's drive from Denver, this is the perfect place to give your mind and body a break from city life.
Florissant Fossil Beds Natural Monument is a two-hour drive from Denver and a wonderful destination for a family day out. Discover the fossils of plants and animals that lived here 35 million years ago. Take a stroll along the Petrified Forest Walk to see the naturally preserved stumps of massive Redwoods. Don't miss the historic excavation site and geologic timeline where you can learn more about the ancient ecosystem.
Take advantage of these great spots for day trips from Denver with family or friends. Remember, when setting out for a long drive, it is best to be prepared in case of emergencies. Always have a warning reflector triangle and other basic supplies in your vehicle. If you find yourself stuck in snow, broken down, or in need of a towing service, Bear Creek Towing is here to help! We offer 24-hour recovery and roadside assistance services across the Evergreen mountain areas.
February 17, 2017
The Basics of Towing Services
During the harsh mountain winters, many vehicles end up getting snowed in or stuck on bad roads. That’s why Bear Creek Towing knows the basics of towing services and offers fast and professional services to the community of Evergreen Colorado and the surrounding mountain areas.
Today, we’re going to share the basics of towing services so that if you ever need to transport a trailer or boat, or help another driver out of a sticky situation, you will know how to do it safely.
First, calculate the weight of the load you intend to tow and make sure your vehicle can handle it. For campers and boats designed for towing, you can often find the total weight of the load, including the trailer weight, documented on a metal plate or sticker fixed to the trailer. Similarly, a cargo trailer will have its weight printed on an information label. You need to add the weight of the empty trailer to the estimated weight of the objects you intend to carry within the trailer to calculate the total payload.
With your payload calculated, now it is time to check your vehicle's ID plate or sticker, usually located near the driver's door. This plate specifies the details of your vehicle, such as tire pressure range and maximum payload or towing weight. Some other terms frequently used include GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) and Tare Weight. The Tare Weight of your vehicle is simply the weight of the vehicle itself, without any luggage, passengers or extra load to tow. The GVWR is the maximum combined load that your vehicle can safely operate while carrying.
If you subtract your vehicle's Tare Weight from the GVWR, you will have the maximum additional weight you can put on your vehicle. This extra weight includes the payload you intend to tow as well as the weight of passengers, luggage, and fuel. You must ensure that the payload you intend to pull does not put the total weight of the vehicle over the GVWR. If it does, you will risk raising the front end of your vehicle, putting too much strain on the rear brakes and potentially losing control of the vehicle.
Once you have done the math on your towing weights, it is time to check your trailer is safely hitched up to your vehicle. Make sure the hitch and ball you are using have an appropriate load capacity for the weight you are towing. Check the pressure of the tires on your vehicle and trailer before starting your journey. It is also important to check that your trailer's brake lights and turn signals are working.
Towing an additional load means you have to adapt your driving behavior drastically. Accelerating and decelerating must be done much slower than usual, and turns cannot be taken sharply. If you would prefer a professional take care of your towing needs, do not hesitate to contact Bear Creek Towing. We can offer the basics of towing services as well as roadside assistance, emergency vehicle recovery and commercial towing.
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January 25, 2017
Winter Driving Safety Tips
Bear Creek Towing always experiences a massive increase in calls from stranded drivers over the winter months. To help you avoid accidents and dangerous situations, we have made a list of our top 6 winter driving safety tips. Check below and ask yourself how many you are already following this winter.
- Be prepared for all situations. Driving in winter comes with the risk of getting snowed in, breaking down, and getting stuck waiting for hours in freezing temperatures. Keep your vehicle stocked with warm clothes, tools, and emergency supplies. You can refer to our winter driving checklist previously published.
- Ensure your tires are suitable for driving in severe conditions. Before it starts snowing, you should have a professional check the treads of your tires. You might need to replace some tires or have them rotated if the treads have worn down. For extremely icy conditions you should use tire chains. Learn how to put them on yourself and practice doing it before you actually need to. When the time comes to use them, you can avoid an hour-long struggle with the instruction manual and frostbitten fingers.
- Lower your speed. Speed limits are set for ideal the driving conditions. When there is snow, hail or ice on the road, everybody should be driving cautiously and well below the limit. Leave ample space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Decreasing your speed during winter may cause your commute to take longer. Just factor this into your daily routine and leave 15 minutes earlier.
- Avoid driving in terrible weather. That's right, just don't drive. If you feel that your vehicle is not capable of handling dangerous road conditions, just don't do it. Keep your fridge stocked up, put off unnecessary journeys and notify your workplace. Most employers are very understanding of these situations and will make allowances, or let you work from home if possible.
- Don't use cruise control. Although a wonderful invention, cruise control does not consider the variables of winter driving conditions. Using cruise control on snowy or icy roads can put you at risk of losing control and causing an accident.
- Improve your braking During and after heavy snowfall, the best approach is to pump the brakes to slow down gently. On icy roads, prepare for your braking distance to double. Slow down before stop signs and traffic lights well ahead of time and ease on the brakes. Remember, it is not always possible to see ice on the road, but if the temperature is close to freezing, you should presume there is ice. If you start to skid, first release the gas pedal, then turn into the direction of the skid without slamming on the brakes.
Follow these winter driving safety tips to lower your risk of accidents. Trust your own judgment, and if conditions worsen while you are driving, pull over to wait out the worst of it. Remember, if you do get stranded or experience an accident, our team at Bear Creek Towing offers a 24/7 roadside recovery and towing service. Give us a call, and we’ll help you out.
December 13, 2016
What Do I Do If I’m Stuck in My Car During a Blizzard
Blizzards can develop without warning, putting Colorado motorists at risk for being stranded. In fact, at Bear Creek Towing, we take a number of calls from drivers who are stuck in hazardous, winter weather conditions. So, before you find yourself in a situation like this, it’s best to already know the answer a very important question, what do I do if I’m stuck in my car during a blizzard?
How to Get Yourself Out
In less extreme cases, drivers can often dig themselves out and continue on. However, only attempt to dig when the snow has completely stopped. Trying to shovel snow while it’s still falling will just result in tiring yourself out. During Colorado’s winter months, remember to keep a shovel, ice scraper, and a bag of sand or kitty litter in your vehicle. Start by digging snow out from around your wheels, and then use the sand or kitty litter to help with tire traction.
How to Get Yourself Help
Only leave your car and go for help if you can see a nearby building. Otherwise, it is best to stay in your car. If you have a mobile phone (and you should always have one when driving in bad weather), call Bear Creek Towing for assistance. While you wait, place reflector triangles in front of and behind your vehicle and keep your signal lights on to alert other drivers of your situation and location. If you have signal flares, these can be useful, especially in more remote areas.
How to Keep Yourself Safe
Remove any snow build-up from around your exhaust pipe to prevent dangerous fumes from getting trapped in the car. If there is continuous heavy snowfall, check the exhaust pipe every 20 minutes. In winter, it is always a good idea to have extra layers of warm clothing in the car, as well as boots, gloves, a sleeping bag, food and a metal container for melting snow. If you are waiting for assistance in an area with passing traffic, it is a good idea to keep your seat-belt fastened. Your stationary vehicle could still be hit by another driver, especially in severe weather conditions.
If you expect to be waiting a long time for help, it’s important to keep yourself warm. You can do this by layering up, doing simple exercises every 30 minutes and staying hydrated. Melt snow in any metal or plastic containers you have on hand, and speed up the process by placing the containers within your layers of clothes. Conserve gas by turning the car off, but turn it on regularly enough to keep it heated.
Here in Colorado, winter can be beautiful yet dangerous. And knowing what do I do if I’m stuck in my car during a blizzard can make all the difference in an emergency situation. Remember the tips we’ve given you here and be sure to call Bear Creek Towing for 24/7 roadside assistance and towing. If you’re stuck in West Golden, Conifer, Evergreen or the surrounding mountain areas, we can get a professional out to your location as quickly as possible. Be safe out there!