Here at Jenwar Towing we have heard to many stories of individuals being taken advantage of by predatory tows. Whether it's the removal of their vehicle because it was presumed abandoned (even though it wasn't by the states standards), or a vehicle being sold without proper notice, there are people taken advantage of every year because they don't know their rights.
You Have 24 Hours Before Getting Towed… Unless!
If You Do Get Towed, They Must Notify You Within 30 Days!
Once You've Been Notified You Have 30 Days?
#1 Renew Your License and Registration
Your busy! We get it. Between paying your mortgage and binging your favorite Netflix original, you have more pressing matters then keeping track of the expiration date of your license and registration. But you must agree thats its a very silly reason to get your vehicle towed. We here at Jenwar towing recommend taking those few precious seconds between episodes to place a reminder in your phone's calendar for the month before your license and registration expire!
#2 Proper Parking
Alaskan parking lots are notorious for their ambiguity. In the heart of winter it can be hard just to tell what store your in front of let alone whether or not your in a handicap space! Add the looming presence of fire lanes, reserved parking, loading zones etc. and it can make finding a space within a close proximity to the entrance difficult. Our recommendation is to play it safe! When in doubt keep driving, even if it means parking in a space far enough away to catch pneumonia on the walk in. Trust us, It's better than not having a car when you walk back out!
#3 Take Care Of Outstanding Violations
Mistakes happen, it’s just a fact of life. But if you were found going 70 in a 45, or were caught illegally positioned in one of the aforementioned ambiguous parking spots, what you do next is important. Unfortunately some people choose avoidance as their tactic to cope with the penalties incurred form these unfortunate choices. This inevitably will end up with your vehicle being towed! So if you find yourself in one of these unfortunate circumstances, choose to pay the fine. Or you could find yourself paying for both the fine and to get your vehicle out of the impound lot!
#1 Keep Some Distance
Many of the accidents we are called to in the winter are caused by rear collisions. The main contributor to these incidents is improper spacing between vehicles. We at Jenwar towing recommend increasing the distance between vehicles to between 8 to 10 seconds.
#2 Check Your Tread
This is an often overlooked part of preparing your vehicle for winter, but it can make the difference between safety and disaster. Use a tread depth gauge, or if you don't happen to have one of those laying around, try the “penny test.” Insert a penny into the tire tread grooves with Lincoln's head facing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, your tires are at 2/32nds of an inch or less of remaining tread. You need new tires immediately!
#3 Slow It Down
Unfortunately there is no secret formula to properly decreasing your speed In order to stay safe. The only way to stay safe is to make a full assessment of the road conditions each and every time you drive. Taking the time to test your vehicle on a isolated stretch of road, and observing how other people's vehicles are behaving, are the keys to picking a safe speed.
#4 Merge Smarter
This is one of those instances where drivers have to both be patient and not hesitate. Now that might sound confusing, but not being able to balance these two requirements for merging with traffic lead to many a winter time accident. If you doubt that you can safely merge into the upcoming gap in traffic then you should wait till a larger space presents itself. At the same time, when you do find an opening that you're confident you can successfully merge into, do so confidently and without hesitation.
#5 Lights And Wipers
We know that winter driving is made even more difficult by the limited visibility, that accompanies wet, and snowy conditions. But so often we find that drivers forget the most basic of pre trip maintenance. Double checking your wiper integrity, wiper fluid and lights is an essential part of safe winter driving.
#6 Leave Earlier
Living in the 21st century is becoming more and more demanding on your time! Everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere, and usually we are running late. This perpetual tardiness and cramped schedule cause many people to not follow one of the easiest winter driving safety tips, LEAVE AS EARLY AS YOU CAN! Taking the time to schedule in a few extra minutes between appointments or just plain leaving the house earlier on your way to work, can give you the leeway you need to properly apply the previous safety tips on this list.
#1 More Trucks Means Less Wait
With the largest fleet of tow trucks on the Kenai Peninsula, we have shorter wait times and more drivers to service your needs when an emergency does arise. You've already had a bad day. There's no need to be left waiting any longer than you have to. We want to help you get out of the cold and back home!
#2 We Can Rescue Your Family and Your Vehicle
We recognize that an unforeseen emergency has led to you and your family being stranded on the side of the road. It's stressful enough without having the fear of being left out in the cold while your vehicle is towed back to town. That's why Jenwar Towing has purposefully purchased tow trucks with room enough for 4 passengers (3 more than the average tow truck). This ensures that we can see not just your car back to safety, but your family as well!
#3 Lockouts, Jumpstarts, and Tire Changes FAST
When it comes to lockouts, jumpstarts and tire changes, timing is everything. That's why we have a dedicated vehicle for these types of emergencies that can service your needs separate from the busy schedule of our tow trucks!
#4 Our 50-Foot Landoll Trailer(The Peninsula's Largest)
Not all vehicles are created equal which is why not all towing equipment is created equal. When a 40-foot motorhome gets stranded and is plugging up an already narrow portion of the Sterling Highway, who are you going to call? Jenwar Towing! Using our 50-foot Landoll Trailer with a built-in heavy-duty winching system, we can perform even the largest of recoveries fast, safe, and affordably!
#5 Heavy Wreck Recovery
Accidents are an inevitable part of being as dependent on the road system as we are in our community. However, when an accident involves a large vehicle such as a semi, motorhome, or heavy piece of equipment, it takes professionals to clear the wreckage and start the traffic flowing again. With years of experience and a fleet of well-maintained wreck recovery vehicles, our team can clear even the most catastrophic of wrecks.