Understanding Emergency Protocol
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Understanding Emergency Protocol

A few weeks ago when my car died while I was driving, I didn't really know how to handle the situation. After things went south, I pulled over as quickly as I could to wait for the tow truck driver. Unfortunately, my car was basically sitting in the middle of a busy intersection, which made it really hard for my tow truck driver to do his job. After police closed off the intersection, I was finally able to have my car towed to a shop. On my website, you might learn how to follow basic emergency protocol so that you can stay safe and expedite repairs.


Understanding Emergency Protocol

Common Semi Issues and When To Call a Large Vehicle Tow Truck

Eevi Annala

Semi-trucks are some of the largest vehicles on the highway. They serve many purposes, from delivering food to transporting livestock. Semis spend a lot of time on the road, and they can experience mechanical issues at some point in their travels. If you own a fleet, then you know how inconvenient it can be to have one of your drivers stranded on the road in one of your trucks. No matter how much you put into having them properly serviced, problems like the ones listed below can still happen. When they do, you or your driver will need to call a large truck tow truck to tow the semi to the shop. Here is more on common problems semis can experience, as well as information on why you want to call a large vehicle tow truck: 

There is damage to the tire and/or wheel

It's common for a tire to go on a semi. This is why it's commonplace to see big tire treads and pieces on the side of the highway. When a tire blows, or there is other tire or wheel trouble, then the truck isn't safe to drive any further. A heavy-duty tow truck should come and get the semi, then take it to a tire shop where that tire or wheel can be repaired or replaced. This may be a good time to have all the tires looked at to see if they should all be replaced since the semi is going to be there anyway. 

The truck experiences truck failure

Brake failure can be extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, it's something that tends to be a common occurrence with semis. The amount of weight, friction, pressure, and heat that the brakes are put under can cause them to get too hot. Also, loading the trailer improperly can put too much pressure on the brakes. If the brakes fail completely on a semi, they should go to the nearest runaway truck ramp and use it. Afterward, the semi will be stuck on the ramp, and it should be towed to a shop to have the brakes checked and fixed. A large vehicle tow truck is necessary for this job. 

The semi can overheat

A semi can end up overheating and need to pull over to prevent further damage. There are a number of reasons why they can overheat. It could be a problem with the radiator, or there may be a blown head gasket. When a truck overheats, it should be parked safely off the highway, if possible. Then a large vehicle tow truck should be called out to get the semi and transport it to the shop where the problem can be diagnosed and repaired.

To learn more, contact a large vehicle towing service such as Jensen Towing.