8 ways to get your truck ready for winter

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Winter is here and snow is falling throughout the northeast and other regions in our great country. Get your truck ready for the snow, ice and other wintry conditions with these 8 great tips from our friends at New Haven Tow Truck (who, by the way, have been very busy already this wibter):

  • Check the tread on your truck’s tires and/or put on winter tires.
  • Check your coolant. If it is older than two years, flush and replace.
  • Test your truck’s battery and clean connections.
  • Check the engine and all belts and hoses.
  • Check your spare tire pressure and inflate if needed.
  • Install winter wipers.
  • In case of emergency, make sure you have a winter hat, gloves, flashlight, reflective vest, bungee cords, first aid kit and flares in your truck.
  • Put sand bags in your truck’s bed to help prevent slipping and fish-tailing.

Be safe out there this winter. Give yourself ample travel time and don’t drive in excessive winter storms if travel isn’t absolutely necessary.

Happy truck’n y’all!

8 simple steps to start a towing business

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Guest post by Tow Truck Services in Centennial, CO

The title of this article is a bit deceiving. Starting a towing service is never simple, easy, or cheap.

The reality is that more new towing businesses fail than succeed. Yet, it is also true that there is a lot of money to be made in the towing business if done right. From breakdowns, flat tires and accidents, to slippery conditions and abandoned unregistered vehicles, tow truck companies are always in demand.

If you have a well thought out plan in place and the financial resources for the necessary expenses to start your own tow company, we encourage you to jump in. We can tell you that owning your towing business is fun, rewarding and lucrative. Continue reading 8 simple steps to start a towing business

My first pickup truck

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By Mike T.

(This is the first in a series of articles by readers sharing their experiences and memories of their first real truck.)

It was the spring of 1999 and I was finishing up my junior year of high school. I had my driver’s license but no vehicle to use it.

I borrowed my dad’s car when it was available. But that arrangement never worked. I wanted the car a lot. My dad didn’t want to give it to me.

So the old man hatched a plan. He didn’t want to spend a lot for a vehicle for me to trash around, and he wanted me to learn how to drive a stick shift. Continue reading My first pickup truck

10 tips for driving a moving truck

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Guest post by Buffalo Moving Companies

It’s not uncommon for a budget conscious person moving from one home or apartment to another to attempt to move their belongings on their own. That often means renting a moving truck from U-Haul, Penske or another moving supplier.

Truck rental options range from a pickup to a 26-foot long truck designed for hauling homes with four bedrooms or more. That’s a big truck, and no commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required. All you need is a valid driver’s license to rent and operate one.

That can be a scary proposition for the person driving the truck, passengers, and anyone on the roadway. Continue reading 10 tips for driving a moving truck

Our favorite pickups of 2017

It’s almost 2017, and for us that means it’s time to start thinking about upgrading to a 2017 pickup — or least test driving a few.

When it comes to highlighting the best pickup options for the new year, we don’t discriminate. We’re equal opportunity truck people — though we’re Chevy fans at heart.

Let’s take a look at a handful or our favorite┬ánew models out there for 2017: Continue reading Our favorite pickups of 2017

The history of the pickup truck

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Did you know that pickup trucks date back all the way to the early 1900s, when Galion Allsteel Body Company, manufactured and installed hauling boxes on Ford Model T chasis. That was in 1913. Pickup trucks have been a big part of the American automobile scene ever since.

Eleven years after the creation of the first pickup, Dodge built one with a cab and body constructed of wood. A year later, Ford followed with a steel body that included an adjustable tailgate. It sold for less than $300. That was replaced in 1928 by a closed cab with glass windsheild, roll-up side windows and three-speed transmission. Chevrolet joined in 1931 with its first pickup. Continue reading The history of the pickup truck