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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.
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.