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  1. In todays VLOG we start off by greasing the rotator only to be interrupted and have to do an easy call. once we do this call we head back home to do some mail ...
  2. Possibly swerved to miss a deer . Fire Department had to put a ladder on the roof to help driver and passenger get back across the ditch . The water in ditch is ...
  3. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com Mike Wood, of Budget-Stadium Towing, adds a memorial decal to a tow truck for his colleague Nader Chehadi, of Ypsilanti, who was killed after an SUV crashed into a disabled bus he was assisting on the shoulder of I-94 in Pittsfield Township. Tanya Moutzalias, MLive.com Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com ANN ARBOR, MI – Nader Chehadi will not be forgotten if his colleagues can help it. One year after his death while servicing a disabled school bus on the side of I-94, Chehadi’s coworkers at Ypsilanti’s Budget and Stadium Towing are honoring him with a “Light up the Night” memorial procession. It’s set to roll through the streets of Washtenaw County Wednesday, May 29, to remind motorists to watch out for disabled vehicles. The procession is expected to be attended by towing companies throughout southeast Michigan, organizers said. Accompanied by a police escort, the procession will leave the company’s lot at 876 Railroad St. around 6 p.m. and make its way to the stretch of I-94 near State Street where Chehadi was struck and killed a year ago on May 29. “We’re hoping to use this sad occasion to memorialize (Chehadi) and remind people to slow down and move over when they see a vehicle on the side of the road,” Amanda Foster, a Budget and Stadium Towing employee, said. Chehadi, 42, of Ypsilanti, was killed when an SUV crashed into a disabled school bus on the shoulder of eastbound I-94 near State Street in Pittsfield Township. The driver charged for killing Chehadi, Andre-A Edwards, 26, of Ann Arbor, was bound over for trial following an emotional preliminary examination this week on Thursday, May 23. She faces 19 felony charges, including murder, associated with the fatal crash. Original Tower Down Topic Link RESOURCE LINK
  4. From Geri Roskopf's Blog: Understanding the concept of what it takes to run a 24/7/365 towing and recovery business is not easy for many people. The normal day-to-day business aspect is similar to other businesses — employees, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, etc., — but the difference is what else it takes to be in this industry. Towing companies are on call all the time and our services are needed most often in trying and difficult situations. I had an employee who told me he was going to start his own towing business. He believed he would contract with a motor club and get “X” amount of calls a day and that would bring in “X” amount of money. When I asked him who was going to answer the phone when he was out on a call, he said he would. Hmmm … okay. Then I asked him what he thought his profit would be after he paid the truck loan, insurance, fuel and maintenance? After that, I asked him if he was sick or wanted to go on vacation, who was gong to run the calls? Then came the question: Did you talk this over with your wife? Letting her know you wouldn’t have time to do much of anything as far as family time? I really didn’t want to discourage him, I just wanted to point that there’s more than just going on calls and collecting payment. Over the years, I have gotten this attitude from some customers as well. When you advise them of the cost of a service they say, “Wow, I should start a towing company.” My response is: “Sold!” View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  5. The right towing attachment can make a heavy-duty towing job go smooth. This short video demonstrates a few of our Miller Industries™ towing attachments and how they can be applied in a rear-tow application. View the full article on Millerind.com
  6. AAA will again be offering its Tow-to-Go safe ride program for the Memorial Day weekend as motorists prepare to hit the road. AAA says this long holiday weekend will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes dating back to 2000, trailing only the bar set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.5 million more people will take to the nation’s roads, rails and runways compared with last year, a 3.6 percent increase. AAA notes that this service is not available everywhere and is subject to change without notice. For the following states, the Memorial Day Tow-to-Go Program is statewide and begins Friday, 5/24 and ends Tuesday, 5/28 at 6 a.m. unless otherwise indicated. In these states, motorists can call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. Florida Georgia Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend ONLY) Iowa Michigan Nebraska North Dakota Tennessee Wisconsin View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  7. In this video Darl arrives on scene to a semi that has slammed into the guardrail. Before Darl can hook it up he must lift it out and away from the guardrail.
  8. Kenworth is adding the TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics system as an option for its medium duty conventional trucks. Fleets and truck operators buying new Kenworth T270, T370, T440 and T470 models equipped with the 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 engine, 8.9-liter PACCAR PX-9 engine, or Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine will be able to order Kenworth TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics. The system enhances vehicle diagnostics by providing real-time engine health information to fleet managers and Kenworth dealers to help optimize truck uptime and productivity and allows fleets to track the location of the Kenworth trucks. Kenworth TruckTech+ notifications include continue driving with no action required, keep driving and address the service code during the next service interval, head to a dealer for service, or pull over to prevent possible damage. If the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities. The data is sent to a secure web portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue and recommended solution. If a repair is needed quickly, the data can be sent to the servicing dealer in advance so they can be prepared to work on the truck – saving customers time and money in initial diagnostics. When the truck arrives, the dealer’s service team can move quickly to remedy the problem.” The Kenworth TruckTech+ option includes a free two-year subscription to the service. Longer term subscription options also are available at a cost. A Kenworth TruckTech+ video is available on the Kenworth YouTube site and on the TruckTech+ section of Kenworth’s website. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  9. Kenworth is adding the TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics system as an option for its medium duty conventional trucks. Fleets and truck operators buying new Kenworth T270, T370, T440 and T470 models equipped with the 6.7-liter PACCAR PX-7 engine, 8.9-liter PACCAR PX-9 engine, or Cummins Westport L9N natural gas engine will be able to order Kenworth TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics. The system enhances vehicle diagnostics by providing real-time engine health information to fleet managers and Kenworth dealers to help optimize truck uptime and productivity and allows fleets to track the location of the Kenworth trucks. Kenworth TruckTech+ notifications include continue driving with no action required, keep driving and address the service code during the next service interval, head to a dealer for service, or pull over to prevent possible damage. If the customer needs to take the truck in for service, the system maps out the locations of the three closest repair facilities. The data is sent to a secure web portal where the fleet manager can review the truck’s location, status, identified issue and recommended solution. If a repair is needed quickly, the data can be sent to the servicing dealer in advance so they can be prepared to work on the truck – saving customers time and money in initial diagnostics. When the truck arrives, the dealer’s service team can move quickly to remedy the problem.” The Kenworth TruckTech+ option includes a free two-year subscription to the service. Longer term subscription options also are available at a cost. A Kenworth TruckTech+ video is available on the Kenworth YouTube site and on the TruckTech+ section of Kenworth’s website. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  10. The following is a press release from the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum: The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM) proudly announces it is now designated a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to military members and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, September 2, 2019. According to themilitarywallet.com, more than 2,000 museums participate in this program with museums located in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and on the American Samoa. Participating museums address a wide variety of interests including fine arts, science, history, nature centers, and children. You can find participating museums at the following link: www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums Free admission* is open to anyone carrying a valid military ID card (CAC Card), or a DD Form 1173 ID Card (Dependent ID Card). This includes members of active-duty military, National Guard, Reserves, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the NOAA Commissioned Corps. Free admission is valid for the service member and up to five dependents. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  11. Had a semi barely stuck in deep grass up at Ocean Shores Casino . No one with a big truck in the area they called around and after 10 companies refused to go ...
  12. In today's VLOG we receive 2 brand new Ford f-150's so we tour the new trucks and then do some misc. stuff around the shop Thanks for watching as always ...
  13. In today's video Trent jr is called out by CHP to tow away a truck that has been abandoned. The owner of the truck was contacted and e said he doesn't want it ...
  14. It’s been said that you create a first impression in the first 30 seconds of greeting someone. At MarketSmart, we believe the same is true for websites. Just as you would critique a potential employee in an interview process, a visitor does the same when visiting your site. You have about 30 seconds to capture their interest. Here are five tips to make the right impression on your company website: 1. Be clear about what you do and how you do it differently. If a visitor doesn’t understand what you do and the value of choosing your company, how can they know if they need your service? Featured service “buttons,” usually photos, with brief descriptions, is a common way to highlight what your company offers. 2. Intuitive navigation. Make navigating your site simple so visitors will know how to find the information they’re looking for. 3. High quality images. Use large, high-quality photos of your latest equipment. Some visitors may not know the difference between a rotator and a rollback. This is a good way to show them. 4. Keep it brief. Introduce your company with a welcome statement. It’s a great way to present a brief description of what your company offers. Place the company history on its own page. 5. Contact info. Be certain your phone number, email and mailing address are clearly visible. The visitor could move on because they can’t find a way to contact you. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” – Will Rogers View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  15. In today's VLOG I show you some wrecks we have in the yard and then we rent a skid steer to clean up the yard. Thanks for watching as always LIKE, ...
  16. As Ohio lawmakers consider a ban on the state’s towing companies using “spotters” to when removing or impounding illegally-parked vehicles, some Ohio towing companies say the impact would be minimal as the practice is not widely used. Under House Bill 113, towing companies that violate the ban would face a third-degree misdemeanor, a fine up to $500 and 60 days in jail. See the full report here. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  17. In today's video, Darl hooks a box truck from the rear with the rotator and tows it to the shop. Enjoy Thanks for watching as always LIKE, COMMENT, ...
  18. A driver was attempting to pass another truck when the truck he was attempting to pass decided to start drifting towards him so he had no choice but to avoid the ...
  19. In today's video, we go to Vegas for the American Towman Tow show to check out what everyone has to offer. Really enjoyed the show and getting to meet so ...
  20. In todays episde, Darl uses the rotator to winchout a stuck semi at the white water rest area Thanks for watching as always LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE, and ...
  21. My son saw a suspicious person heading towards the home that had been broken into . I drove up to the house and a man wearing a purple headband and ...
  22. These little Bastards break into beach house . Looks like they may have been in and out of the building several time . Graffiti all over , knifes stuck in the ceiling ...
  23. Here are four tips for coordinating your print marketing materials. 1) Create your marketing items in unison. For example, if you’re creating a brochure, maybe update your business card to match. This helps keep your branding unified and enables you to see how the design will work on other marketing items of different sizes and shapes. 2) Be consistent. When creating your design, make sure that that the colors, fonts and symbols, as well your logo, are consistent on all your marketing items. 3) Website. Translate your website design to your print materials. It could be confusing for a prospective customer to see a different look online than in print. If you’re not happy with your website design, maybe it’s time to update. 4) Materials. When creating your design in print, keep in mind that there will be a difference in how each item will look next to each other because of the material it’s printed on. The paper stock used for a business card, for example, is different than for a brochure. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  24. The Tow Times May issue focuses on industry trends in heavy recovery, and heavy recovery accessories featured in the Tow Times Recovery Review department in 2018. There’s also tips on backing a tow truck safely, and “invoicing red flags,” with information on how to avoid heavy-duty invoicing items that can create delays in getting paid. Plus, identical rotators from Ernie’s Wrecker Service of Vernon Hills, Ill., upright a tanker and bulk trailer. Find these articles and much more in the Tow Times May issue. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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