The roles of a tow truck driver vary depending on the type of towing job that is performed or with the equipment a technician uses in the process. For instance, for heavy duty towing, the driver has to be adept in towing large vehicles while for light towing, the driver only has to have mastery about towing light vehicles. Whenever you need a tow truck service, being able to communicate clearly about your issues is just necessary to make sure your needs are addressed with appropriate solutions.
Just like other professions, the world of towing also has its slang terms that you will often hear. Some of these "towing" slangs is also standard truck driver lingo. Our tow truck drivers often use these to communicate with our dispatch team or their coworkers; letting them know about their location, their ETA, or just to describe the scene they have responded to. Might as well understand what they mean. Here is some of the slang terms you might come across with if you tuned in:
10-4 – OK, message received. Some drivers just say "10".
Alligator – Large piece of a tire on the road.
Bambi - Deer (dead or alive).
Boardwalk – A bumpy road.
Brake Check – Jamming on your brakes.
Black eye – Broken headlight.
Cash register - Toll booth.
Clean Shot – No highway patrol around.
Crack ‘em Up – Semi truck accident.
Customer - A pulled over vehicle surrounded by police. (Often used when describing traffic conditions).
Destruction Zone – A construction zone.
Double nickel - Traveling at 55 MPH.
Draggin’ Wagon – A tow truck or a wrecker.
Flip-flop – A return trip or a U-turn.
Free Truck Wash – Rain.
Four Wheeler – Any vehicle on the road that is not a truck but has four wheels.
Four Wheel Phone Booth – Someone who is talking on their cell phone while driving.
Full Bore – A truck travelling at full speed.
Gator Guts – Small pieces of shredded tire on the road. These usually appear before a larger piece, called a “gator” or “alligator.”
Go-go juice – Diesel fuel.
Granny Lane - The right-side lane on a multi-lane highway or interstate, where traffic will be going slower.
Greasy - A slippery or icy road.
Greasy Side Up - A vehicle that has flipped over.
Ground Clouds – Fog.
Hairpin - A sharp curve in the road. Trucks can tip over on these if they are travelling too fast for conditions.
Hammer Down - Going fast, stepping on the accelerator.
Hammer Lane - The left-side lane on a multi-lane highway or interstate, where cars will be going faster.
Home 20 – A driver's home location.
Jet Pilot - A speeding vehicle.
Jumper – A jumpstart job.
Lockout Victim – Vehicle owner/passengers that got accidentally locked out from their vehicle.
Motion Lotion - Fuel for a truck.
On the side - Pulled over on the shoulder.
Parking Lot - A traffic jam.
Plenty of protection – Usually means there's plenty of police in the area, but I've heard it used to tell drivers to go ahead and step on it because there's speeding four-wheelers ahead blocking or covering for them.
Popcorn - Hail.
Roger – Yes; affirmative.
Roller Skate - A small car.
Rollover - A wreck in which the rig or the truck and rig turn over.
Rubbernecker - Careless drivers who cause slowdowns at accident scenes by turning their heads to look at the accident rather than watching the road.
Running on Rags - Driving a truck with little or no tread on the tires.
Salt shaker – The road maintenance vehicles that dumps salt or sand on the highways in the winter.
Skate Board - A flatbed trailer.
Smoking the Brakes - The brakes of the trailer are smoking from overuse. This can happen while going downhill on a steep grade.
Through the woods – Leaving the Interstate to travel secondary roads.
Too many eggs in the basket - A load that is over the gross allowed weight.
Turtle Race - A zone with a speed limit under 45 miles per hour.
Two Wheeler – A motorcycle.
Wally world - Wal-Mart (the store or the distribution center), or a Wal-Mart truck.
White Stuff - Snow. Can cause dangerous trucking conditions if low temperatures result in ice in the road or poor visibility.
Window wash - A rainstorm.
Yardstick - Mile markers on the road side.
Hopefully now you'll understand what your driver is talking about! Remember, for all your Newark towing needs, don't hesitate to call us!
Accidents or road misfortunes can happen. Whether you like it or not, it is part of your life as a driver/car owner. And that is regardless if your car goes through regular preventive maintenance or not. How? Well, even if you are driving at 20 to 40 mph, you can still run over a sharp object causing your tire flat. Or you can suffer from a dead battery and in which case, you will likely need a battery jumpstart. Now the question is, is it a good move to call your car insurance company for roadside assistance?
While it is tempting to call your insurance company for help as you are paying for roadside assistance protection, it is wiser not to rely on your insurance company right away as a roadside assistance response, especially a prompt one, is not always a guarantee.
What you can claim from your insurance company is stipulated on the company’s policy and your contract. This includes the number of times you are entitled for help. The ugly truth is while the policy sounds too good in protecting your vehicle, it does not necessarily make your life as good and easy.
You can call but not always. Why? Here’s what you should know:
Save your car insurance privileges for the right circumstances. They are free, but like in everything, they have limits too.
Newark is known to be one of the most flourishing cities in New Jersey. Not only does it brag about its number of nationally renowned museums, the geographical location of the town is also convenient for a visit from people in the vast metropolitan area of New York and the golden sandy beaches of the Atlantic Coast. But it does not end here; the happy holidays are approaching and everyone in Newark, New Jersey is just evidently so excited of the plenty things that they can do in this busy season. Fun trunk or treat parties, Halloween parties, and amazing retail deals, buffet and bar events, fun festivals are just everywhere. Everything you will need for a bountiful holiday season can actually be found in Newark.
However, undeniably, street congestion in crowded downtowns is usually inevitable during these busy times. Hence, if you are planning to travel using your own vehicle, an overall car check-up beforehand plays a vital role to make sure it does not add up to a potentially stressful trip considering the traffic that may be present on your way. And likely, if you will be travelling from your hometown all the way to Newark, you will be needing a reliable long distance towing.
It is totally fine to be thrilled as the holidays approach. To add to the things you should look forward to, here is a brief rundown of the best and fun-filled events during the 2018 holidays in Newark:
A Museum Visit – The Newark Museum tucked in 49 Washington Street is actually New Jersey’s largest museum. This has been an all-time favorite of every family in Newark, New Jersey because of the unique experience it offers in the arts and natural sciences. The museum offers studio programs for children and adults who want to explore the world of science in a more fun manner.
A Sumptuous and Memorable Thanksgiving Dinner – In terms of dining, Newark offers a lot of great options. For instance, at 201 Halsey St., you can find Sugar Daddy’s Restaurant for a sumptuous salmon shrimp and grits on top of its other salivating dishes. At 141 Elm St., meanwhile, is where Casa Vasca is located. Casa Vasca is perfect for your Spanish food cravings. If your family is into it, this is the right diner for you. You can also find Tops Diner at 500 Passaic Avenue which is also known for its fast friendly service with good sized portions of food. For a lot of tourists, Tops Diner is one of the top restaurants in New Jersey. Aside from these, you can also try Anthony’s Cheesecake at 71 Washington St., Casserole Bistro at 377 Broad St., Adega Grill at 130 Ferry St., and a lot more!
A Fun Holiday Shopping at The Mills at Jersey Gardens – Located near Newark is The Mills at Jersey Gardens which opens at 11:00 AM and ends its business hours at 7:00 o’clock in the evening. Especially during the Christmas Holidays, The Mills at Jersey Gardens is one of the most preferred shopping malls for New Jersey residents because of its overall ambience. Also, great bargains are everywhere, not to mention they home a lot of top outlets like Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger, Sephora, Bed Bath & Beyond, Century 21, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall’s Lululemon Outlet, and many more.
A Meaningful Holiday Feeding The Needy – Last year, the non-profit organization St. James Social Service Corporation was seeking donations and turkeys from the community of Newark as part of its effort to give out 200 holiday food bags to the needy residents of the city. And this year, a program as heart-warming as this is likely going to push through.
Concerts, Parades, and other Events – City events, parades, and basketball games held in many places are also expected to attract crowds from different places in and around Newark, New Jersey.
Here are a list of events you can look forward to during the 2018 holidays..
At New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC):
At Prudential Center:
New York Red Bulls Schedule
Most of the shows start around 1:30PM to 8:00 PM but some are starting late to entertain the nocturnals just as much. In most cases, events such as these are likely to cause an increase in traffic and these are usually the worst hours to drive on the busy streets of Interstate 280, Interstate 78, and Interstate 95. Consequently, you can also expect a lot of train delays and flight delays taking place, not to mention an increase of Uber and Lyft drivers that are expected to clog up the exits and local roads nearby. Thus, to keep away from the traffic jam, it is wise to be prepared much ahead especially if you have flights to catch or gatherings to attend to.
A Crowded Thanksgiving and Holiday Season means a more noticeably Crowded Newark
Airport spokespersons advise passengers to plan far in advance of their flight to be able to get to the airport at the safest period especially during the thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Doing so will consequently give them ample time to park their cars or use an off-site parking facility to get past the security line. Travelling in advance will not only save people time but also, a lot of frustrations.
Considering holidays and entertainment events are everywhere, wherever you are in Newark, you also have to make sure you have noted ahead the hours of the day and the days where traffic is above average.
Newark Tow Truck Advises...
If things go out of control with your car deciding to mess up, you will likely be left with two choices; either you leave your car and have a reliable long distance towing company tow it back to your location or you call a reputable car recovery to do the much needed service for your car. It pays to have a 24/7 tow truck and roadside assistance company you know you can call and rely on at all times, even on a holiday.
The good news is a company like Newark Tow Truck will do it for you. Newark Tow Truck’s records do not lie. We are the most preferred towing company in Newark, NJ among all long distance towing companies for a reason. Call us today!
The Benefits of a Good Auto Wrecking Company
Getting a new car is one of the most exciting events that can happen in one’s life. It usually feels so sweet especially if you have been working real hard to afford one. Meanwhile, on another side of the spectrum are those who have already owned not just one but two cars. Consequently, these people are dealing with another set of challenges as this would mean maintenance costs are doubled and the gas expense is bigger, not to mention the garage space that has also been a common problem.
More often than not, the new car takes over the garage and the old one is parked somewhere less safe. And while you cling to the idea that there can be potential cash out of the latter, the fact remains that your old car is already hard to sell because it requires major repair if not filled with rusts. This is exactly why a lot of old car owners resort to auto wrecking.
But if choosing this as your option becomes apparent, you’ll probably ask yourself, “is there even a wrecker service near me?” Most wreckers can easily be found on Google or Bing from your phone. Most likely, you’ll want to work with a local tow company as there are several advantages in doing so.
So, how do you make a decision on which Newark towing company to choose? Well, auto wrecking carried out by a professional wrecker service like Newark Tow Truck will entitle you to the following perks:
1. Easily freed up garage space
One of the obvious benefits of having your old car wrecked is how it can help you free up a lot of space in your garage that you have missed so much – more space for your tools and equipment, and most especially, a space just right for your newly acquired car.
2. Easy money
Yes, believe it or not, you can actually earn money from having a reputable company like Newark Tow Truck wreck your old car. How? Basically, before the professional auto wrecker does the wrecking, each part of your car is actually inspected; if there are car parts that that are still salvageable and sellable, they will be identified car and given to you for you to scrap and sell (if desired). That is a potential earning, right?
3. The wrecker service provider should buy your junk car and offer free towing.
Owners can basically have two great options for their old car: either they have it wrecked properly or they sell it. The good news is Newark Tow Truck can cater to both. We do professional car wrecking and we actually offer the best “cash for junk car Newark" program. And what makes it a better deal is that if you choose to work with us, we will respond to your location right away wherever you are in Newark or its nearby towns. Making matters simpler, we’ll even pay cash for your car even if it does not have a title. If we buy your junked car or truck, this Newark towing company will even offer a free tow service for your car. You should never miss an offer that good.
If the aforementioned should have given you an idea on what you'll want to be looking for in a cash for junk car offer. So, if you ever need premium quality auto wrecking and cash for junk car service, give Newark Tow Truck a call at 973-447-4181 or send us a message.
Okay, so we have been getting a lot of calls lately from customers with "broken down vehicles." Truth is, we see a rise in these types of calls during winters. New Jersey winters in Newark can be harsh. It's not uncommon to have temperatures below freezing for weeks at a time. These types of temperatures can take toll on your vehicle without the proper care and maintenance.
So, when your car is not starting, aka "broke down," here's a detailed list of possible causes for you to diagnose for your vehicle if you're having trouble driving. The good news is that you don't have to be a mechanic to troubleshoot what the issue may be.
Note: These are the most frequent calls that we take. Not necessarily mechanical issues.
Have You Checked Your Tires Recently?
If you haven't checked out your tires recently then it's imperative that you take a look at the treads. Depending on the tire life, tires should be rotated every 10,000 miles. If you haven't rotated your tires in a while or every, you're probably due for a rotation. If this is the case, then you'll notice a significant difference in the way your vehicle performs on the road. You'll notice the traction having a better grip on the pavement.
Furthermore, let's find out what some of the typical symptoms are if you have old or damaged tires. Has your car been manufactured in the last twenty years? If so, then you most likely have a tire pressure indicator light within your dashboard. This indicator light gives you the advantage of knowing if something is wrong with your tire (that being low air pressure).
Low tire pressure oftentimes takes place during the colder, wintery months. Whether it's a car, truck, motorcycle or bicycle, your rubber tires will lose air pressure. If not properly filled up to the recommended air pressure levels, you run the risk of damaging your tires and rims. The uneven pressure can also affect the alignment on your vehicle. However if not pumped, you're also running the risk of having a flat tire.
Low tire pressure can also happen due to time. If you drive a lot and haven't put air in your tires then it's just normal wear and tear. However, if all of a sudden your light pops on, then it's mostly likely caused by tire damage, such as a nail. Either way, you'll want to safely scope out your tire, away from high traffic areas.
If you notice that the tire isn't completely flat, then all you have to do is just fill it up. Keep an eye out for your indicator light. Has it turned off? If it's a nail in your tire then chances are it will turn back on in about two weeks, depending on the severity of the leak. A small leak isn't going to be a big problem , however you'll want to have the tire removed as soon as possible.
TIRE PROBLEM NUMBER 2
Now, if you're driving on the highway and run over a pothole or hard object such as plywood or a rock, then it's possible that your tire can burst. If this happens you may hear a large burst, but within moments of impact, you'll probably know that your tire is damaged significantly.
When a tire is damaged significantly from impact, you may have to take control of the steering wheel as it oftentimes swerves hard left or right. The vehicle will also flutter slowly, so be sure to pull over to a safe spot and call for a roadside recovery company like Newark Tow Truck.
If the impact was minor, you're still susceptible of having tire damage. You'll know something is wrong if your steering wheeling is moving back and forth from left to right. It will seem as though the steering wheel is vibrating. If this is the case, then check your tires immediately and call for help, if you cannot change your tire.
"My Car Won't Start"
-Whether it's due to cold temperatures or honest negligence, car batteries tend to die that the most inconvenient times. We never know when our battery is dead until we're about the drive away. This typically happens at distant locations or just before you drive to work.
So, how do you know if your battery is dead? Listed below are a few places where you can diagnose the situation.
1- Keyless entry failed to work - You may have tried to open or lock your vehicle and noticed that your keyless entry wasn't working. Our first reaction is to think that the battery in the remote died, however, it may be worth investigating more.
2. Interior Lights - When your battery dies, your interior lights will either flicker or will be completely turned off. If let on, the lights literally suck the life right out of the battery. This is a problem that can be easily prevented, although most light switches are extremely sensitive whereas it's so easy to leave them on. If let on during the day, it's nearly impossible to know that they're on, due to the sunlight. Your chances of catching the issue is much easier at night time.
3. Headlights/Foglights - Just like your interior lights, either one of these lights will absorb all the juice from the battery. However, if left on, most vehicles at least make a noise which will alert you that the power is on. It's also much easier to notice these lights on , especially at night time where it's virtually impossible to leave on, unless you're toxically impaired (which you shouldn't be driving under the influence). When your battery is dead, you most likely won't be able to turn these on. However when you get into the car, check and see if your lights are switched in the on position.
4. Horn Honk - When your battery is dead, your horn won't have any juice (plain and simple). It may have zero sound or may just flutter and sound weak.
5. Engine Won't Start - When you turn the ignition, your engine won't have enough juice to start. You may even learn what the problem is right away if an interior light turns on (provided that there is a little juice left). You'll hear a clicking sound, but your engine just won't start.
Engine Is Not Starting
Very similar to a dead battery are the following issues that can take place if your vehicle is not properly maintained. What we mean is from a "symptom standpoint" you'll have similar characteristic when you turn the wheel as with the dead battery. If you're not familiar with working under the hood then we recommend that you allow a professional to resolve the issue.
1. Spark plug needs to be replaced
2. Blown electrical fuse
Either instance will prevent the engine from starting. The engine needs a little juice and with either one of these instances, may prevent your car from starting.
Other Notable Issues
Okay, we get this service call all the time. "My engine is smoking... What do I do?"
First and foremost, if you smell anything burning or if your vehicle starts smoking, turn all of the power accessories off and pull over immediately. Once that's taken care of, take the keys out of the ignition and get out of the vehicle. Wait a few minutes and then pop your hood open. If you see flames, prior to leaving the hood open, just get away from the vehicle.
Smokey engines are a result of lack of maintenance. This can either be from the thermostat sticking (meaning lack of water to the engine) or lack of coolant. With proper maintenance, both can be prevented.
Also, if you recently got into an accident and see leaking fluids, then you should pull over and get an idea of what the damage is prior to driving again. Mechanical fluids are what allow the vehicle to properly run and if they're leaking, well, then you're bound to have mechanical issues. So to keep costs down and to not overextend the vehicle, you should just wait for a tow truck to help deliver your vehicle to a auto body shop.
CNewark Tow Truck will help you get out of whatever issue you find your vehicle in. We do not impound vehicles or remove vehicles that are blocking your car or truck in, but we can handle just about every light and medium duty job.
Call us today at 973-447-4181 should you need any towing or roadside assistance.