Essential Gear for Tow Truck Drivers

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Essential Equipment for Tow Truck Drivers

As a tow truck driver, you encounter many different situations on the road and you always want to be prepared. Light-duty tow truck drivers will have different experiences than heavy-duty tow truck drivers. Because of this, tow truck drivers carry different tools and gear with them to handle even the toughest, most unexpected jobs on the road. This essential gear while seemingly small, can make a big impact on the success and fluidity of the job at hand. While every tow truck driver has differing personal preferences, here’s the gear our tow truck drivers don’t leave the dispatch office without.

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The Differences Between Wheel-lift and Flatbed Tow Trucks

Wheel Lift Tow Trucks

Different Trucks for Different Jobs 

When there’s an accident or rollover recovery, the driver that’s dispatched to the scene needs to know what kind of truck they need to bring to handle the job. There are different types of equipment needed for different jobs. There are so many different types of tow trucks and equipment that we have available to us here at Pepe’s. But not every truck is equipped to handle every job. Different trucks are better for different towing situations. Traditionally, towing is usually done by lifting one end of the vehicle or having the vehicle rest on the platform of the truck. The two most common types of tow trucks used in towing situations are wheel-lift and flatbed tow trucks. Here is some information about wheel-lift and flatbed tow trucks and some of the differences between the them. 

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Stay Awake on the Road

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Tips for Truck Drivers to Stay Awake on the Road 

Being a truck driver is a difficult job. Whether you’re a tow truck driver, a semi-truck driver or somewhere in between, you have tons of responsibilities when you’re on the road. And when you’re an overnight truck driver of any sort, your responsibility stays the same but your risk increases exponentially. You can never be too cautious, especially when you’re a truck driver. That’s why we thought it was important for you to know some tips to stay awake on the road at night. Here are some tips from our team of professional tow truck drivers.

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Common Causes of Accidents

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Most Common Causes of Accidents in Southern California 

With so many cars on the roads, it’s no surprise accidents happen daily. From high speed collisions to accidents involving pedestrians or even inanimate objects, there’s always something to look out for when you’re out on the road. If you’ve ever thought that maybe some accidents are preventable, you’re not alone. Actually, we believe many accidents can be prevented by just following the rules of the road and driving with patience. But this is Los Angeles, and we understand that patience is hard to come by, but sometimes one mistake could be very costly. Keep reading to learn more about the most common causes of accidents on Southern California roads. Hopefully, we can persuade you to slow down and drive a little more safely.

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Vehicle Rollovers 101

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Vehicle rollovers are often glamorized in the movies and television, showing crazy scenes of cars flipping and rolling over, and passengers exiting the vehicles unscathed. These scenes aren’t very realistic, and most of the time, they don’t focus on the aftermath of the rollover. When an actual vehicle rollover happens, your reaction could dictate your survival. 

Rollovers are scary and jarring, but they don’t happen as often as you’d think, as they account for only 3 percent of all serious crashes. But the thing about rollovers is they make up 30 percent of people killed while riding in a passenger vehicle. This blog is going to dive in depth about vehicle rollovers and some information that could potentially save your life, even though you may not need it right now. 

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LA’s Most Dangerous Freeways

Los Angeles Freeways

Los Angeles has a reputation for glamour, beautiful beaches and tons of traffic. Every visitor that has ever come to LA has probably uttered the words, “There’s so much traffic everywhere.” And it’s the truth. There is traffic. All the time. And that means that there are accidents happening all the time on the most heavily trafficked freeways in all of California, and even the nation. From rollovers and accidents involving commercial vehicle to compact cars and everything in between, Pepe’s Towing is responding to calls on Los Angeles’ most dangerous freeways frequently. Considering we spend so much time on the freeway, we asked ourselves, “Which freeways are the most dangerous in LA?”  Here’s what we found about the most dangerous freeways in Los Angeles. 

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Pepe’s Towing Reviews Guardian Angel Lights

Guardian Angel Lights Review

Guardian Angel Elite Series Light Product Review 

I never do these types of blogs, but I felt compelled to share my opinion on this new lighting device from Guardian Angel after using it extensively the past few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen these lights in some of my stories. This device is essentially a handheld light bar with tons of extra features. 

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How to Pick a Good Towing Company in Los Angeles

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Tips for Picking a Good Towing Company 

When it comes time to look for a towing company in Los Angeles, where do you start?  This is Los Angeles and there are tons of options. So how do you narrow down your search and what’s actually important when you’re looking for a tow company to do business with? We’ve got tips for you on how to pick a good tow company in Los Angeles, and if you keep reading, you’re probably going to feel a lot better about making a decision when you’re done. 

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Welcome to the Newest Member of the Pepe’s Family

75-Ton Rotator Los Angeles

The City of LA’s only 75-ton Rotator

The secret is out, Pepe’s has a new addition to its robust fleet, and it’s a monster: a 2019 Peterbilt 75-ton Rotator! This now puts us at 4 rotators, including two 60-ton rotators and one 40-ton rotator. As we expand more and more into the heavy lifting and recovery side of towing, acquiring a rotator of this size was the obvious next step.

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The Importance of Towing Safety

Towing Safety

Safety Tips for Drivers to Avoid Causing a Bigger Accident

If you’ve ever driven in Los Angeles, you know that it’s no easy task. In fact, it’s so dangerous that today, Los Angeles has the highest rate of injury-causing and fatal traffic accidents in the nation. With car accident related fatalities for both drivers and tow truck operators on the rise, we felt it was time to address some simple safety tips for both commercial and regular drivers to help them better maneuver the danger zone that is basically any freeway in Los Angeles.

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