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6 Most Common Towing Company Mistakes On Roads You Must Know And Avoid

6 Most Common Towing Company Mistakes On Roads You Must Know And Avoid

The warm welcome of the new year brings enormous events and movement in our lives and routines. We love traveling, visiting our relatives, hanging out, etc. In California, for example, there are many historical places that are visited by countless visitors throughout the year. And with all these activities and movement, the roads will be rushed with vehicles in transit. And when it comes to the heavy traffic and untimely accidents on the road, towing services are always an option to help provide service on the roads to people in need of assistance. That service does not come without error, however.

According to some researched information from Towing Roseville and their professional past experiences, they have acknowledged a few commonly seen towing mistakes people suffer. So, to save your money and your time from an unexpected malfunctions, you should consider and be aware of the points mentioned below to ensure that you tow vehicles without any errors:

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Avoiding Brake System

The braking system plays an important role in your vehicle. And when it comes to traveling on mountain roads, the braking system may encounter smoke that turns into flames due to excessive braking. There are brakes that get self-adjusted while others are not. So, you should never avoid maintaining your braking system. Drum brakes are the most commonly seen brakes and wear and tear can occur easily throughout the passage of time. Those brakes must be replaced in a timely fashion to avoid any mishaps.

Running Overloaded

While towing a vehicle, it doesn’t matter how powerful your vehicle is.[1] Instead, it’s the proper distribution of load throughout the trailer. The vehicle you are towing needs to distribute its weight proportionally. Incorrect load distribution will cause the trailer to tilt on one side that may cause it to eventually overturn. The strength of your towing vehicle and its balance distribution should be equally considered while towing a trailer or a heavy vehicle.

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Running with Under-Inflated Tires

Before sending your towing vehicle out for work, you should always check the pressure level in the tires. In general, the driver does not heed the pressure of the tires. Running with under-inflated tires is highly dangerous. An under-inflated tire runs with high friction that can lead to them exploding. By maintaining equal pressure in the tires, you always ensure that the trailer of another vehicle with safety measures.

Running without Insurance Coverage

This is a considerable aspect in all the vehicles. Before driving, you should always check if your four-wheels are completely fine and insured against common accidents. Generally, the owner avoids this practice in order to save a few bucks, but with a small investment, you can get basic liability coverage for your insured vehicle. There are different insurance providers that can offer broader coverage like total loss recovery, lodging funds in case of any damage, or even a full-time packages – all with less investment on annual basis.

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Running in Race Mode

The towing drivers are not all the same. A few of them are older and experienced but others are youngsters and kind of “freestyle drivers”. They neglect the hazardous consequences of rough driving. While you are towing a vehicle with a damaged engine, you should never test your vehicle in the “racing” mode. The race mode is built for other purposes, not while you are towing other cars. Always maintain a reasonable speed while towing a non-functional vehicle. It will help you command your truck easily in every possible situation.

Driving without Safety Chains

Generally, drivers avoid this! Safety chains are a crossed over the connection in the form of an “X”, and is used to connect the trailer and the towing vehicle. The primary hinge is used to maintain the connectivity, and in case the hinge encounters any malfunction, the safety chain will continue to connect the two vehicles. The safety chain should always be used to be assure the full safety of the vehicle you’re towing and is strong enough to retain connectivity for long periods of time.

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These are not the only mistakes done by all towing service providers, but they are definitely commonly seen among companies across the country. When it comes to towing, ensure that the truck in question is fully maintained to deal with any sort of hurdles and tow the vehicle from any place. And always, drive safely!

Reference

[1] Wikipedia: Towing

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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