Are residential solar systems suitable for every house? What should you know before getting started? A complete comprehensive guide into residential solar systems.

Introduction

Australia has the highest percentage of uptake of solar energy worldwide. With over 29% of homes choosing residential solar systems, around 2.77 million solar systems are in use all across Australia. Most residential solar systems are grid-connected with no battery. However, there are three ways you can get a solar system for your house.  Let’s dive into what kinds of systems are available, tips & hacks, and how to get started.

Types of Residential Solar Systems

  1. Grid-connected system

This allows you to keep your system connected to the grid to buy power when it’s too cloudy or even during the night. The inverter will work seamlessly with the grid to work solely on solar power first and draw from the grid only when it’s depleted. Grid-connected solar systems allow you to sell the energy back to the grid.

  1. Off-grid system:

These are standalone sources of power that include batteries to keep the power 24*7. They don’t require any connection to the grid and are popular in rural areas. It’s a good option for areas where the cost of grid connection is too high. Some places are quoted at $50,000, hence a complete solar system would be a better option since other than the upfront payment, electricity will be free afterwards and through its lifetime.

  1. Hybrid solar system

Hybrid systems are a mix of both the systems mentioned above. They are grid-connected and require an inverter and batteries. The batteries store the excess energy generated for the night. These are a little pricier than the others but are excellent backups and can be used in large households.

Now that you know your options for residential solar packages, let’s go through why they would be a substantial investment and how you can get a return rate on them.

  • Reduction In Energy Consumption:

Residential solar systems cut down not only the electricity bill but also reduce the amount of electricity you need to buy from the provider. Any grid-connected system will prioritize solar energy but automatically borrow from the grid when there’s no solar power available. The cost is generally between 15 to 40 cents per kWh, so you will see a reduction in the energy consumption and the bill. Using the right battery system would offset it by 30% at the very least.

  • Feed-in-Tariff Plans:

The amount of energy the system generates completely in the sunlight. Hence, sometimes there might be an excess of energy, while on other days, especially during the winter, the amount would be a bare minimum. When there’s a surplus, you can sell that energy back to the main grid through a plan called “Feed-In-Tariff” or FIT. The rates will vary depending on location and which retailer you are working with. Once registered for the plan, you will get detailed data on the electricity bill on your energy consumption and the FIT rates you will get on them.

To increase the Feed-In Tariff rates, you can put a timer on the appliances that consume the most energy in your household, such as

  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Hot water systems
  • Underfloor heat system, if you have it
  • Fridge

If you don’t have a timer on any of them, you can get one from any hardware store since they are cheap.

Solar rebates in Australia

Small Scale Renewable Energy Scheme AKA SRES was started back in 2011 to encourage the usage of renewable energy all over Australia. SRES issues Small-scale Technology Certificates, also known as STCs, to both businesses and houses that install solar systems under 100kW.

STCs are made only after the Clean Energy Council accredited solar system installer commissions the system. The STC is based on how much energy your system will generate before the end of the year 2030. This means it’s calculated based on your location, how much energy your system can produce, and the time left until 2030. The rebate is roughly equal to 30-35% of the total cost of the system.

These vary depending on where you live but are more or less the same. You can claim a rebate even if you had one in the past and are getting a new system. However, there are a few restrictions that you should know beforehand:-

  • The system should be less than 100kW. 100kW is huge, so residential solar packages should be good.
  • You have to get it from the installers and professionals who are Clean Energy Council accredited. Always ask for proof before you commit!
  • The panels, batteries, and inverters must be CEC (Clean Energy Council) accredited too. Which means buy brands CEC approves of.

Components of a Solar Power System

With the economical and financial advantages out of the way, let’s see what all features a good residential solar package will have-

  1. Monitor system
  2. Solar inverter
  3. A rack or a mount
  4. Solar panels

Solar Panels

Each individual solar panel usually has at least 60 or more cells. There are 4 different ways the cells can be arranged:- polycrystalline, which is the most common and traditional one, monocrystalline, half-cut layout, and shingled. All of them work the same, but if your place tends to get a lot of shade during the day then getting a half-cut or shingled would be better. The panels are available in two different sizes-

  • The residential size will have about 60 to 66 cells and are ideal for small residential buildings or if your rooftop doesn’t have much space.
  • Commercial size panels will have around 72 cells and are heavier than the residential ones.

Despite their names, you can use either of them for residential solar systems depending on the space you have. The plus side with commercial panels is that they would generate slightly more energy, but the size also makes it harder to work with. Residential ones are lighter and easier to work with.

Solar Inverter

Solar inverters are available in three different types:

  1. String Inverter: These are roughly the size of a briefcase or small suitcase.
  2. Microinverters: These are around the same size as a paperback book.
  3. Optimizers: The optimizers are a combination of both the string and the micro-inverter. The string inverter is slightly cheaper than a micro-inverter and they are mounted on the wall. Micro-inverters are placed either underneath or on the back of each panel individually.

Furthermore, it should be noted that you should never mount the string inverters where they receive the full glare of the sun. Australia’s sun is harsh and it pretty much kills the inverters, hence either mount them where they will get a shade or build a shade over the place you mount them. The inverters are always hard at work in a residential solar system and hence are likely to need a replacement in 15 to 20 years.

A Rack or a Mount?

Next in the residential solar package is the rack or mount. These are made of aluminium and there are a lot of brands available for this. The flexibility might vary depending on the brand, but they are more or less the same with similar lifespans.

Monitor system

These are small devices that are fitted in your switchboards and their sole work is to keep track of how much energy is getting generated and consumed per day. You can go ahead without a monitor, but then you won’t be able to see how much energy you are consuming. Hence, by getting a monitor, you could track and manage your usage.

General roof direction or plans for maximum energy

The sun rises in the East and sets in the West. We all know this, but this plays a big role in residential solar systems. Here’s what that means for the panels-

  • The panels that face East will generate more energy in the morning.
  • Panels facing West will generate more energy during the afternoon.
  • Panels facing North will generate more energy overall but less during the morning & noon.

How many solar panels will you need?

The answer depends on various things such as how many your roof can fit, your budget, and the amount the local electricity retailer allows. The minimum you should get is 6.6kW panels, which would approximately be 18 panels, with a 5kW solar inverter. It’s difficult and expensive to add more panels to an existing solar system, which is why you should get the correct numbers in the first go. Even if you install a few extra panels, you won’t regret it since they are getting cheaper each year whereas electricity is getting more expensive.

Price ranges you can expect with Residential Solar Packages

Here’s in the general range you can expect for each system, including the rebate discounts-

  • 10 kW– $(8,000-12,000)
  • 6.6 kW– $(5,000-9,000)
  • 5 kW- $(4,500- 8,000)
  • 3 kW– $(3,500-5,000)

For the people in Victoria, the prices won’t be the same since the Victorian government has a state-level rebate that offers an additional rebate of up to $1,400.

The range can and will increase if your household needs more switchboards or if there are any additional requirements for electrical work to make your house suitable for the system. If you get a hybrid or off-grid solar system, then the cost will increase depending on the battery storage capacity.

Do I need batteries?

Solar batteries provide you with security and peace of mind. They are great if you live in an area with frequent storms, blackouts, and power cuts. They store enough energy that your household will go on with no hitch if there’s a blackout. But are they completely necessary for residential solar systems? The answer is trickier than just a yes or no.

Electricity rates are ever-changing. The Feed-In Tariffs & rebates have a chance of decreasing over the years. Batteries are a great backup for both the possibilities and can reduce your grid usage by 90%! No one knows how the electricity rates and Feed-In Tariff rates will change, but if you have a battery system, you won’t have to worry about either. Another thing to be noted is that not all batteries will provide backup automatically when the grid shuts off. If you want this, you must tell the installers upfront so they can wire the system and switchboards accordingly.

Now some places have a few offers for the addition of battery systems in your residential solar systems:

  1. In South Australia, some postal codes in ACT and Victoria offer solar battery subsidies that would halve the entire installation cost while potentially giving you a 10-year payback.
  2. VPP or Virtual Power Plants are fairly recent developments and people are wary of this for good reasons. In short, you will get cheaper batteries if you let the electricity retailer have full control over them. What this means is that they can charge and discharge your batteries as they wish and you won’t have much control over the entire system.

With this, we hope you can now understand all that comes with a residential solar system. As with any other product or service, there are various CEC accredited installers out there, all promising pretty much the same. GoRunSolar has more than just promises under its belt for you.

What is GoRunSolar?

GoRunSolar is an award-winning solar installation company with the fastest-growing clean & renewable energy solutions. All our professionals and equipment are CEC accredited with in-depth knowledge of the utility and designs. We provide 25 years of warranty on solar panels for both residential solar systems and commercial solar systems. Our team makes efforts to understand your requirements, budget, and area layout before they make any suggestions. With a one-stop station that provides batteries, inverters, mounts, and panels; we serve you with integrity both before and post-installation. If you would like to get a free on-site visit and to know more, please <INSERT CTA>.

Are commercial solar systems worth it? A guide to commercial solar systems; The hows and whats of the system and everything in between

Introduction

As a business owner, one of the highest expenses is the electricity bill you have to pay for all production and operations. Relying on the electricity grid also means you have to deal with power fluctuations and power cuts unless you get a generator, which would cost a significant amount along with high maintenance.

This is why commercial solar systems have evolved so much in recent years. Not only do they cut down the cost of electricity, but they also save you from power cuts and fluctuations with no added expenditure. Let’s take a walk through the commercial solar system path to help you understand all that comes with it.

What Are Commercial Solar Panels?

These are an array of various photovoltaic or PV panels that can convert direct sunlight into electric energy. The PV cells are made of silicon cells that have a positive layer and a negative layer which combined can create an electric field. If you use various of these solar panels, you could form an array. Commercial solar power systems use a large number of these solar panels or modules to generate enough electricity for their office or building.

These solar panels would need to be placed in a way that they get plenty of direct sunlight without shade. Rooftop is generally the most favoured place for such a large solar array. Commercial solar panels are clean and a renewable source of energy that has no carbon emission while requiring very little maintenance. Hence, these have become rather popular and widely adopted in Australia, which gets sunshine all around the year.

The solar systems look dominant and it’s easy to get intimidated by the sheer size. However, they actually don’t require any heavy maintenance, as one might assume at first glance. We are breaking down every aspect to help you understand how commercial solar systems work, the basic requirements and if they would be suitable for what you have in mind.

How Does a Commercial Solar System Work?

Solar panels can collect or trap the sunlight, which then gets converted into electricity that can be distributed for various appliances or pieces of machinery. The cells of each panel comprise various layers of silicon, boron, and phosphorus that are arranged in grids.

The sunlight captured by these cells gets transferred into an inverter that converts the DC power into AC. AC power or energy is similar to the power sent through the utility grid. Inverters for commercial purposes are usually available in the market in the range of 2.5kW-250kW. These can be wired to meet the requirements of any applications you might have.

A commercial solar power system has the following features:

  • Commercial solar systems need a big space. Usually, rooftops are the first choice, but if that’s not convenient for you then any large open space will work just fine. As long as any shade doesn’t hinder the sunlight falling on the panels, the system will generate enough electricity.
  • If set up properly, they have a lifespan of at least 15 to 20 years with bare minimum maintenance.
  • The structures have little to no cleaning and maintenance, hence there’s no added expenditure.
  • On most days, solar panels generate enough power that it can be stored for the next days’ usage.

Commercial solar systems can be used in any sector but here are a few of their lesser-known applications:

  • These solar power systems can be used to preheat the ventilation air during winter and also to heat water for production or manufacturing industries.
  • You can connect your message boards or signboards to the solar system as well. The solar energy charges the batteries so the signs will be lit even during the night.
  • A huge benefit of these systems is that they can be used in remote locations too. Power plants and manufacturing businesses that are miles away from towns can also benefit from it.

General Size Structures

To give you a clear idea of the type of system your building or business will need, here’s an explanation of the latest average sizes:

  • Up to 100 panels or less than 30kW: As you can guess by the numbers, these are suitable for businesses that are similar in size to the residential buildings. To make it clearer, this would generate around 120kWh a day on average around the year.
  • Around 30kW to 100kW: commercial solar power systems of this big a sizewill need special systems to protect the grid against all the power they can generate. The installers will also need to get permission from their local electricity network to connect the system to the grid. This is suitable for local bars or clubs, small businesses, and medium-sized office buildings.
  • Over 100kW: These are best for small size and medium-sized factories, wineries, hotels, and retail shops.
  • Over 250kW: These solar arrays are a touch more complicated and you should get a professional for these systems. These are best for shopping centers, ranches, and solar farms.

Connecting The Commercial Solar Systems To The Main Grid-

Every solar system, be it residential or commercial, needs to get approved from the local electricity network before getting connected to the main grid. For big systems, the approval comes with reasonable conditions.

The entire process is pretty straightforward and doesn’t require too much paperwork, so no need to panic. The conditions are always based on your commercial applications and you will be able to meet them without any issue. However, if you aren’t feeling certain, then getting a professional’s opinion is definitely better. For more information, <INSERT CTA>.

The Commercial Solar Rebates

Commercial solar power systems that are 99kW in size are eligible for an incentive(financial) in Australia, which is known as the STC Program (Small Scale Technology Certificate). Through this program, you get paid according to the expected generation of energy in the next ten years. The numbers and conditions might vary according to location and networks. This program tends to be applicable as a sale discount.

If your system is over 100kW, you no longer are eligible for the STC program. You will be eligible for the LGC instead. LGC, aka Large-Scale Generation Certificate, is similar to the STC, but there is only one difference between them:

·   STC incentive is paid in advance, usually as a discount on the system. However, an LGC is a yearly incentive for which you need to track and present detailed reports per year to receive the money.

To get LGC, the installer would need to first register their business to be an official “accredited power station” with the Clean Energy Regulator. The process is handled by the solar system installers, so you don’t need to scramble. They will just need to provide proof that your meter is up to the standards of the National Electricity Market and you will be able to track everything properly.

Commercial Solar Panel Layouts

When it comes to the installation of commercial solar power systems, various factors need to be considered before finalizing a layout or design. The weight might be the most significant factor since the entire grid is heavy no matter what size you have selected. So, installers are encouraged to use open spaces instead of rooftops. If the roof isn’t built to handle such waits or arrays, it would harm the system and the grid. Always get the place inspected physically well before you start with the process.

What does the installation team look for?

Every installation team will first inspect the area layout and business before they commit to the process. The things they will generally look for are-

  • They will want to know what kind of tariff your business is on and the billing structure.
  • Some charges can’t be avoided. Any company worth the salt will always point them out to you beforehand. These charges are usually ancillary charges, AEMO charges, or service availability ones and can’t be avoided.
  • They also determine the energy consumption during the day, especially during the winter when sunlight will be a bit scarcer.
  • A detailed site/area inspection to figure out which spots are best for the solar panels and where the inverter and batteries will be stored.
  • Will get to understand your business requirements and which tools or procedures need the most energy.
  • They will also analyze the current electricity bills and consumption so they can accurately apply for the probates.

Inverters For Commercial Solar Panel Systems

Generally , there are three inverter options available in the market for commercial solar power systems-

  1. Optimizers AKA Microinverters
  2. Large central inverters
  3. Chained string inverters

The optimizers are slightly more expensive than the other two options, but they offer more safety and benefits. String inverters are a more cost-effective option and will produce almost the same amount of energy per year minus the additional benefits that come with the optimizer.

However, a mix of resident-sized inverters joined via one large central inverter is the most commonly used for commercial solar system purposes for the following reasons:

  • Multiple inverters give you flexibility and freedom to experiment with the design.
  • It is easier to move around these compact briefcase-sized containers compared to the large central inverter, which is roughly the size of a small room.
  • By having multiple small inverters, you can avoid any sudden breakdowns. Even if one stops working or has any issue, then the others will keep the system running.

What suits others in the same niche might not be best for your layout. It should be noted that eventually, it depends on which one does the installation company recommend to you, and which ones are suitable for your business and your grid. So, the decision will ultimately fall on the company, but you will be informed of all the suitable and best available options.

Some Australian Consumer Laws to be aware of:

Australia has always encouraged both residential as well as commercial solar power systems and has laws in place to promote and protect such practices.

  • The Australian Consumer Law gives legal protection and recourse to illegal or unreliable solar installations. This law applies to services and tools that are worth less than 40,000. This means commercial solar systems that are less than 40kW will get legal protection.
  • The Australian Contract Law presumably covers systems that are worth more than $40,000.

The bottom line is these laws and regulations can only be explained by actual lawyers and not the installation company. Hence, it might be a good idea to consult with a professional lawyer before you get started with the process.

We understand that the cost and size might seem intimidating at the beginning but this one investment cuts down a lot of your expenditures while giving you additional benefits. With a sturdy commercial solar panel grid in place, you can withstand bad weather, storms, and long power cuts without any strain. Sustainability also attracts new customers since the climate crisis has become a concerning global issue.

We, at GoRunSolar, are committed to providing Brisbane with reliable solar systems that work effortlessly as an extension of your entire business. Our team of experienced professionals will help you throughout the entire process which includes the paperwork too. Working with GoRunSolar would mean:

  • All solar panels will have 25 years of warranty
  • CEC accredited retailers
  • Multiple financial options are available

Conclusion: What our systems will mean for your business?

Getting our system would mean:

  • Cleaner and renewable energy and minimum carbon footprint
  • Greater ROI
  • Immediate cost reduction and savings on electricity
  • A Completely free assessment of your workplace
  • No more unexpected blackouts & fluctuations or the hazards they bring

From approvals to actual installation and utility, we will provide you with an entire system and after services. Our systems are great for schools, shopping centers, SMEs, farms, offices, and factories. To get a free physical inspection or to find more details, please contact <CTA>.

Top Road Safety Tips And When To Call Towing Company in Brisbane

All drivers are aware that road safety is of the utmost importance. It also doesn’t matter how modern and sleek your automobile is designed to be. This insurance will not provide complete protection against accidents unless you drive with caution and caution will be exercised while driving. If you want to keep accidents at bay, following these helpful road safety recommendations by towing companies in Brisbane can be extremely beneficial. 

Remember, nothing is more important than your complete and total safety while operating a motor vehicle. Keep the people in your immediate vicinity safe is also essential. This includes passengers as well as other motorists.

Here is the list of safety guidelines provided by some of the most reputed towing companies in Brisbane:

Make Preparations for Your Trip:

Don’t embark on a long road trip without first preparing yourself for the journey. Make a list of all of the roads and highways you intend to travel on. Decide on a specific time frame for arriving at your desired destination. Figure out if there are any breaks as well. It is critical to plan ahead of time. 

In order to ensure that your body is alert and capable of dealing with the demands of driving and concentrating for extended periods of time, it is critical that you prepare thoroughly. Accidents are more likely to occur in the dark as well. Prior to embarking on a long journey, you must ensure that you have gotten enough rest the night before.

Seat Belts Should Be Worn With Care:

Never, ever forget to fasten your seat belt while driving. According to a survey conducted by a towing company in Brisbane, not wearing seat belts properly is one of the primary causes behind a fatal injury during the accident. 

As a driver, it is critical that you wear your seat belt at all times. It’s just as important to put it on as a passenger in this situation. There are no exceptions: you must have it securely fastened to your person whenever you enter a motor vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also has some alarming statistics for people who do not wear seatbelts.

As A Driver, You Must Be Adaptable In Terms Of Your Driving Technique:

Drivers who are responsible must be able to adapt their driving techniques to the conditions on the road in question. Drivers who fail to do so are significantly more likely to be involved in serious accidents of any kind. 

It is very important to be completely aware of the weather. Ice, fog, and heavy rains are all examples of weather conditions that can pose a serious threat to motorists on the road. When it comes to visibility, drivers must take precautions. When the visibility is poor, they must drive more slowly. They must also turn on their dipped headlights at the same time.

Distracted Driving Should Be Avoided At All Costs:

Drivers who are responsible are those who never fail to give their full attention to the roads in front of them, no matter what. To be a road safety wizard, you must refuse to be distracted by other things while driving. 

Never talk on your mobile phone while driving or operating heavy machinery. Don’t respond to text messages while you’re behind the wheel. Maintain a composed and calm demeanour whenever you are behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Acknowledge The Requirements Of Your Body:

Your body knows it all. It knows exactly what you are capable of and are not capable of. If you’re driving and you don’t feel 100% confident in your abilities, your body is trying to communicate with you. Pay close attention to any pains or aches, as well as soreness or muscle cramps. 

Taking action and taking a break is essential if you are beginning to feel anything other than fantastic during your workout. Stop driving and take a brisk walk around the block. Slowly and steadily take in and exhale your breath. 

Do a small amount of stretching before you begin. Drink plenty of cool water. Motion increases the flow of blood to the brain and improves driver responsiveness. According to the towing companies in Brisbane, this is one of the most overlooked reasons, most people don’t acknowledge that their body needs rest or they have to stop. 

Let’s discuss 6 scenarios when it is really wise to call for a towing company in Brisbane:

Unfortunately, we have all been or will be in need of roadside assistance at some point. It’s aggravating to have automotive trouble, and it’s even worse when you don’t know how to fix it. It is at this point that you should call for a towing company in Brisbane.

1. An unfortunate accident

Calling a towing company in Brisbane after an accident is always a good idea unless you were involved in a true fender bender with only minor damage. Even if your car appears to be in working order, leaving after making a report is a bad idea. 

You have no way of knowing how much damage your brakes, steering, or electrical systems have sustained. It’s possible that you’re leaking fluids and aren’t aware of it.

A towing truck driver should be able to inform you how much damage your automobile has sustained, even if it appears to be minimal.

2. You’ve used up all of your gas

Even the most cautious driver can overestimate the range of a tank of gas. If you run out of gas, pull over to the side of the road and call for a towing company in Brisbane. The old approach of leaving your car and walking to a petrol station is risky. 

A reputed towing company in Brisbane can usually send someone with enough petrol to bring you home or at the very least to a gas station where you may fill up your tank.

3. You’ve got a flat tyre

While most vehicles come equipped with a spare tyre, a lug wrench, and a car jack, calling a towing company in Brisbane is sometimes a better option. This is especially important if you’re alone on the side of a busy highway or in a location where you’re concerned about your safety. 

The tow truck driver may tow your car to a more convenient area where they may change your tyre or transport you to a repair facility where your tyre can be fixed or replaced.

4. Car breakdown because of overheating

The safest thing you can do if your car overheats or displays another form of system failure is to pull over to the side of the road and call for help. Trying to chug along for a few more kilometres will do nothing and may cause significant harm to the vehicle.

5. Your vehicle won’t start

It’s really unpleasant to go into your automobile or truck and discover it won’t start. Some folks are accustomed to inspecting the motor in the hopes of finding a simple fix. Regrettably, this is a rare occurrence.

In this circumstance, calling a towing company in Brisbane is the best and most convenient option. You and your vehicle can be sent to a repair shop, where professionals will diagnose and treat your vehicle.

6. Different warning indicators

Most warning signs indicate that you have a possible problem that needs to be addressed rather than a major one. A towing company in Brisbane, on the other hand, maybe your safest alternative if you are in a remote region and a light comes on warning of an issue that will require an expert or specific equipment to remedy.

Numerous lights are installed in automobiles to make our travel safer and to ensure that everything is in functioning order. Because of the number of lights that emerge when the automobile begins, certain versions have dashboards that resemble Christmas trees.

It’s not always clear what all the lights imply, which ones indicate difficulty, and which ones serve as a warning to avoid a future problem. Many people choose to ignore the lights as they wait to see what will happen.

Any towing company in Brisbane would tell you that it’s never a good idea to ignore indicator lights, there are three in particular that you should always pay attention to; in many circumstances, you can drive to a service station. Keep an eye on the issue, or you better be prepared for calling a towing company in Brisbane

1. The Brake Indicator Light

This light is usually the word brake surrounded by parenthesis. Because the light could be suggesting a variety of things, you should never disregard your brake light.

2. The Tyre Pressure Indicator Light

This light is typically amber in colour and resembles a flat tyre with an exclamation mark in the centre. It’s possible that your tyres have deflated due to the change in season. A slow leak or a puncture could also be indicated by the light. Make sure your pressure is checked, and if your tyre appears to be flat, give us a call.

3. The Battery Indicator Light

A red (or occasionally orange) light in the shape of a car battery indicates that the battery is about to run out of juice. You may avoid becoming stranded by getting a battery test and possibly replacing it before you become stranded.

Top Tips To Prevent Accidents From Brisbane’s Towing Experts

Brisbane’s towing expertstowing Car accidents, regardless of who is at fault, cause numerous inconveniences for everyone involved. It affects the lives of everyone involved, people may face injuries that can be life threatening. Multiple visits may be required to the hospital, not to mention hospital bills. And it is inconvenient even for those people who are not directly involved in the accident as people who are suffering from the accident may not be able to complete their work. 

Like dealing with the hospital, injuries and pending work are not enough, we have to deal with insurance companies, lawsuits and many more irritable incidentals which people have to suffer. This is exactly why our experts from Brisbane’s towing companies have come up with the best tips and guidelines to avoid these roadside accidents. 

We at Austow Towing Specialist are here for you when you require an affordable tow as soon as possible. Our preference, on the other hand, is for you to avoid having any accidents at all. As a result, we are going to provide you with some safety tips and tricks to help you stay safe.

However, Brisbane’s towing experts do have some good news too:

Accidents Are Preventable:

The good news is that the vast majority of traffic accidents are completely avoidable by following a few simple precautions. Knowing which actions are most likely to result in an accident is an important first step in preventing one from taking place. Brisbane’s towing experts will help us understand this here. 

According to Brisbane’s towing experts , distracted driving is the leading cause of accidents in Australia and around the world.

What Is Distracted Driving And How Does It Affect You?

Brisbane’s towing experts helped us understand distracted driving. There are many different ways to define distracted driving. In general, it refers to any activity that you are engaged in while operating a motor vehicle or while parking your vehicle. 

Here are three of the most common driving distractions according to Brisbane’s towing experts , as well as some tips on how to stay away from them:

1. Using A Mobile Device While Driving Is A Serious Offence

In the opinion of Brisbane’s towing experts , the best policy when it comes to cell phone use while driving is to refrain from using them at all. According to Brisbane’s towing experts , do not use a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle at the same time. 

Accidents and fatalities can occur as a result of this practice. Not to mention that using a cell phone while driving is against the law.

2. Eating Your Breakfast (Or Other Meal) While Driving Is Not Recommended.

Almost everyone wishes to save a few minutes in the mornings. It is very tempting to eat your food in the car while you are driving. Eating while driving, on the other hand, is a potentially dangerous distraction. 

Getting the food into your mouth frequently necessitates taking both hands off the steering wheel. Breakfast should be prepared as soon as you wake up, so getting up a few minutes early is highly recommended by our Brisbane’s towing experts

When you avoid dealing with the distractions that come with an unpleasant roadside experience, you will save a significant amount of time in the long run.

3. Using A GPS Navigation System While Driving A Vehicle

Some may think it is self-evident that one should not read while driving. Many drivers, however, continue to do so. Perhaps even for a legitimate reason, such as glancing at a map to find your way around. 

This, however, is potentially dangerous behaviour. It is critical that you remain safe. If you need to consult a map for directions, pull your car over to the shoulder of the road to begin looking.

Accidents can be caused by a variety of other distractions such as Grooming, smoking, vaping, changing the volume or temperature settings, and other activities that fall into this category. 

The best practice is to plan ahead of time for all of these contingencies before getting into your car. When performing these tasks immediately, pull your vehicle over to the shoulder of the road for your own safety.

It is preferable to lose one minute of productivity than to lose an entire day’s worth of wages. Other than that, what are some other methods of preventing traffic accidents?

Here are the top 10 tips by Brisbane’s towing experts to ensure your safety on the road:

1. Follow the rules of the road

This is yet another common sense preventative measure that many people fail to use or consider. Tailgating, failing to stop at traffic lights and stop signs, failing to use blinkers, and speeding are just a few of the most common traffic infractions. Ignoring any of these traffic laws increases your chances of being involved in a car accident.

2. Maintain control of the vehicle with both hands on the steering wheel

According to Brisbane’s towing experts , you have greater control over the vehicle when you have both hands on the steering wheel. In the event that you have to use one side to shift or turn on a blinker, do so as quickly as possible.

3. Pay attention to your driving environment

When driving, remember to be responsible and proactive. Make frequent use of your side mirrors, be aware of the road conditions, and adjust your speed as needed to meet the conditions.

4. Always keep your vehicle in its prime working condition

Your vehicle is equipped with a number of critical safety features. Your headlights, blinkers, and tyres are examples of such items. If these are not functioning properly, your chances of being involved in an accident are greatly increased. 

5. Drive more slowly in the rain

Thunderstorms and torrential rain are two of the most dangerous weather conditions for drivers in Brisbane. If you are able to postpone your trip, do so until the rain stops. If, on the other hand, you must operate in the rain, please proceed with caution. It has the potential to save a life.

6. Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages prior to getting behind the wheel of a vehicle

Brisbane’s towing experts highly recommend against even one drink of alcoholic beverages. It can impair your ability to drive safely. The risk of being involved in an accident caused by intoxication is something you do not want to take. 

The same can be said for narcotic medications and illegal drugs, as well. It is not permissible to do so while driving a car. When planning an outing, designate a designated driver.

7. Inexperienced or new drivers should exercise caution when driving on the highway

If you are planning a long road trip, it is best to delegate the majority of the driving to a more experienced driver. Even inexperienced drivers require road time in order to develop the skills necessary to drive safely and efficiently. Before you get behind the wheel, however, make sure you are aware of your level of experience.

8. Do not become distracted by road rage or other emotions

Road rage can strike at any time and to anyone. It is natural for us to become agitated when someone cuts us off in traffic or follows us too closely behind us. To avoid an accident, on the other hand, you’ll need to practise mindfulness on a regular basis. Don’t get too worked up about it. Accept the fact that you have made mistakes in the past as well.

9. Driving while sleepy or tired is not recommended

Driving a car while falling asleep at the wheel is a risk that should be avoided at all costs. A driver who is tired and yawning will not be able to maintain the level of alertness required to drive safely. Stopping by the side of the road to take a quick power nap is recommended if you notice you are becoming sleepy. It can most certainly help us avoid lethal injuries. 

10. Keep an eye out for kangaroos and other wild animals that may be crossing the road in front of you

With respect to animal size and behaviour, sometimes hitting an animal rather than swerving off the road and causing a major traffic accident is preferable. Keep an eye out for large and small animals, and respond appropriately. If at all possible, reduce your speed and allow the animal to pass.

There are numerous important tips from Brisbane’s towing experts . Furthermore, there are some issues that are completely beyond the control of the driver and passengers. Many things, however, can be done to avoid accidents from occurring in the first place.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being involved in an accident, please contact Austow Towing Specialist. We can assist you in getting a tow as soon as possible at a price you can afford.

Why Communication Is Key To Find The Best Towing Services In Brisbane

Finding a reputable company that provides roadside assistance and towing services in Brisbane does not have to be a time-consuming or difficult process. One of the most recognized and top names for towing services in Brisbane is Austow Towing Specialist. Austow Towing specialists are available for any and all of your towing needs. In today’s environment, effective communication is essential. For your roadside assistance or towing services in Brisbane, you must ensure that the operator fully comprehends your requirements and desires. Please be specific while communicating with the operator about your problem. And make sure that you share all the details for your vehicle that you require help for. 

You should make certain that the operator is knowledgeable of the precise vehicle type you are driving if you require towing services in Brisbane. What matters is whether you require towing assistance for a conventional car or a high-performance automobile. It makes no difference whether you require towing for a truck, tractor, tilt slide trailer, forklift, bus, boat, or 4WD. The fact that your service provider is fully aware of your expectations is all that matters. Generally speaking, towing businesses provide both long and short distance hauling services.

It is also necessary to have precise location information

When telling your service provider of your current location, be as explicit as possible. Towing services in Brisbane that are quick, seamless, and efficient can be provided to you with pinpoint accuracy. Even if tow truck personnel do eventually arrive, it’s never enjoyable to be kept waiting for hours. Provide the operator with as much information as you can about any landmarks or well-known companies that may be in your vicinity. This will surely help the tow truck driver to reach you quickly and easier to find you.

It can be a real pain when you face a car breakdown in the middle of nowhere. As a result, roadside assistance and towing services can be really beneficial. It’s important to be as plain and straightforward as possible while speaking with the company person on the other end of the phone when asking for roadside help due to a car breakdown, flat tyre, malfunctioning battery, or any other reason. While sharing the exact location we must make sure that we share the problem that we are facing so that there is no room for errors. Make sure to include your exact address. Please be specific about your problem. And you shouldn’t waste any time.

Austow Towing Specialist is one of the highly regarded towing services in Brisbane. To get more details about us, you may certainly visit our website. 

Reach out to Austow Towing services in Brisbane for assistance

In the fields of roadside assistance and towing services in Brisbane. , Austow Towing Specialist is a household name in the community. Every member of our staff is a consummate professional that is dedicated to providing customers with the convenience of simple, pleasant, dependable and rapid roadside support and towing services in Brisbane. on an as-need basis. The majority of our agents and operators have excellent listening skills. Customers’ wants and wishes are carefully considered by our team. The correct inquiries are asked when they are needed as well.

Our business is open seven days a week at Austow towing services in Brisbane. Exceptions are not permitted under any circumstances. We are the company to call in Brisbane if you require immediate locked vehicle keys assistance. When you require towing service in Brisbane, we are still the best option for you to consider. Aside from providing jump starts, our specialists may also provide gasoline recovery. If you would like more information about our services or would like to receive a free fast estimate, please contact Austow Towing Specialist as soon as possible.

How To Identify The Best Towing Service Provider?

Throughout the world, there are numerous towing businesses. All of them, however, are not always the greatest. Towing companies are in high demand, which makes choosing one a challenging task for many people. When you’re dealing with an irritating and time-consuming roadside situation, it can be particularly difficult to concentrate on choosing a towing company. It’s recommended to take it slow and concentrate on the characteristics and concepts that are most important while looking for a respectable and reliable towing service in your area.

Experience is always helpful

It is necessary to have prior experience. In order to avoid making the error of employing a towing service that lacks significant competence, you should perform your research first and foremost. A major event is the provision of emergency towing services. Without a doubt, you want to entrust your vehicle to a team of seasoned and skilled professionals that are well-versed in their field. 

Using an inexperienced towing service might cause all sorts of problems. On rare occasions, it can even result in significant and expensive car damage. A towing business with a large amount of experience is the best choice if you want to have the greatest possible peace of mind. 

Reviews and feedbacks from other customers

Reviews left by customers on the internet can be extremely beneficial in many situations. Whenever you read client reviews, it is a good indication that a particular towing company has been providing consumers with outstanding and reliable service for many years. For the time being, if you are unable to locate any evaluations on the Internet, it is safe to assume that you should avoid making a purchase.

An excellent customer services

A reputable towing company is one that places a strong focus on the need of providing excellent customer care. Is there anything in the world that is more important than keeping consumers satisfied? If you want to be completely satisfied with your towing company selection, you should look for companies that place a strong emphasis on customer service and customer satisfaction in their marketing materials and advertisements. 

Customers’ satisfaction policies are regularly discussed on the websites of reputable towing companies. Client testimonials can also provide you with valuable information about customer satisfaction levels. Working with a towing firm that prioritizes your needs should be your ultimate goal. Picking a towing service provider that will go out and above to make your life easier should be a top priority. If possible, choose a company that does not accept anything less than excellent customer care.

Professionalism is essential

In the realm of towing services providers, professionalism is essential. By simply contacting a company, you can discover a great deal about their professionalism. In the event that you contact a towing company and speak with a representative who appears to be in a bad attitude, this is never a good indicator. 

Even worse is when you call a company only to discover that no one is available to take your call during regular business hours. A reputable towing service in Brisbane is one that maintains the highest level of professionalism at all times, no matter what. Employees should constantly be nice and accommodating to their coworkers and customers. 

Maintaining a proper schedule

Arriving on time should always be a priority. In addition, they should be prepared to answer queries. They should also operate tow trucks that are clean and well-maintained. Clients looking for peace of mind may find professionalism to be extremely beneficial. You can have added peace of mind if a company conducts itself in a professional manner. It can also provide you peace of mind about how they’ll treat your car when you drop it off.

Passion for their work and services

Those who are passionate about their work should be sought after by customers. A towing company that puts time and care into its equipment and cars should be sought after by customers. A tow truck’s maintenance schedule must be followed closely. For towing equipment as a whole, the same applies. An important warning sign is if a towing firm does not make it a priority to keep its tools and equipment in good condition.

Exceeding expectations

On first impression it may seem irrelevant to many; however, great towing services or any other service provider should constantly work towards outperforming not just their competition and other firms but themselves as well. 

While maintaining all of the above mentioned qualities, they should also make sure that they keep on updating themselves both in terms of service providers and company as well. A dedicated and high quality service provider company would always be revolving and always be looking for a room for any possible improvement. 

These are some of the qualities that you should be looking for while looking for a reputable and quality towing service provider. We are Austow Towing Specialists and we are a local towing company that is the essence of reliable and great. If you are looking for a local towing company that is both reliable and great, we are the one that you are looking for. Get in touch with us right away to arrange an appointment for our budget friendly and efficient towing services in Brisbane.

Most Common Road Rules Australians Break According To The Top Tow Truck Companies

Most Australians consider themselves decent drivers, regardless of whether they received their licence six months ago or 60 years ago, and regardless of how many penalties or violations they’ve had along the way. And most top tow truck companies may differ in their opinion. Even the best drivers, however, are oblivious to some of the rules of the road. 

Here is the list of some of the most common road rules which are broken by Australians according to tow truck companies:

  • Putting on Make-up, Eating, Drinking, and Patting Your Dog While Driving

It’s something we’ve all seen. You’re driving down the road when you notice a young woman steering the car with one hand on the wheel and the other doing her eyes in the rearview mirror with her mascara brush. Do you believe she’s driving safely? There’s no way. And most tow truck companies may agree with this too. 

What about the dog lover who is getting a lot of dog kisses when their poodle is sitting in their lap? Do you believe they’re bad drivers? Your point is valid, this does not necessarily make them a bad driver; however, this is reckless driving and it does put them and others at risk. 

According to insurance company studies, 80% of drivers (eight out of ten) drink coffee, tea, or coca-cola while driving, and 70% consume fast food, breakfast food, or munch on chips and pretzels while driving. 

What does the law say? 

The legislation in Australia is clear in all territories: you must have your hands in the 9 and 3 positions at all times when driving, and if you don’t, you’re breaking the law. And according to the tow truck companies, it is one of the most common laws that Australians are breaking. 

There’s also no grasping the wheel with two fingers or dangling the chip bag open by wrapping your fingers around the steering wheel backwards.

Why should you follow this?

The only method to maintain a secure grasp on your car’s steering wheel is to place both hands on the wheel. The 9 and 3 positions provide the most control.

How much would you get penalized for this?

Fines of up to $425 and 4 demerit points are possible. The outcome of a car accident could have been prevented.

  • Tailgating

You must keep a safe space of roughly 3 seconds between you and another vehicle. That means you’ll need an extra second to realize you need to apply the brakes, and another 180 feet to come to a complete stop.

How many Australians do you think tailgate?

According to the research conducted by top tow truck companies, quite a bit! One out of every four car collisions occurred between 2014 and 2018, with the tailing car failing to stop in time.

People don’t take speed limits nearly as seriously as they should, and they often are creeping up behind the car in front of them, forcing them to change lanes, or blowing their horns and flashing their lights at them.

What Are the Legal Consequences?

The law specifies that the car in front of you is accountable for being able to stop in time to avoid collisions, regardless of the speed limit. Even if the automobile in front of you is travelling at 90 km/h, you should pass and go around them rather than crawling your bumper up their tail.

Why should you follow this? 

First and foremost, because the law holds you, the tailing vehicle, responsible for being able to stop in time to avoid an accident, you are to blame if one occurs. Not only will you receive a ticket, but your auto insurance will also soar.

Second, you obviously want to avoid damage in your own vehicle.

How much would you get penalized for this?

A fine of up to $425, three demerit points, and higher insurance premiums are all possible consequences. Your insurance provider may refuse to cover your expenditures if you are at fault.

  • Making Use of Your Mobile Phone

Tow truck companies highly recommend to everyone that you can use your mobile phone if it has Bluetooth and supports voice commands.

However, you are breaking the law if you have to take your hands off the wheel to turn it on, turn it off, or touch it in any manner. At a stoplight, you can’t even pick up your phone to check your messages.

In fact, even if your car is stopped at a gas station or parking lot, you are breaking the law if you are in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition and using your phone.

People continue to use mobile phones every day, hoping that the cops will not notice them and that they will not miss those all-important communications.

What Does the Law Say About It?

The law is extremely stringent. There is absolutely no justification for using your phone while your keys are in the ignition.  Don’t even turn it on if you just want to obtain instructions to the highway.

Implications

Many people have died as a result of texting or making phone calls on their cell phone. When using your telephone, the chances of an accident are so much higher than many people question if Bluetooth and voice commands are safe. 

Fines that could be incurred

Fines ranging from $319 to $425, as well as up to four demerit points, are typical. In some cases, jurisdictions award double merit points.

  • Speeding

On the highway, it is surveyed by tow truck companies that 90% of Australian drivers enjoy speeding, and while police and highway enforcement officials will occasionally let a little go, when they want to pinch you, all you can do is to open your wallet wide and kiss your holiday trip plans goodbye.

What does the law say?

Unless otherwise marked, the default speed restriction is 50 kilometres per hour. In most regions where there is a school zone during specified hours, this is decreased to 40. For some routes and roads they are marked as such, the maximum speed limit is 100 kilometres per hour.

A speeding ticket can be issued for exceeding the stated limit by 1 kilometre per hour, however, most citations are issued for exceeding the limit by 5 kilometres per hour or more.

According to the tow truck companies, the quicker you drive, the less time you have to respond. If you break at 50 kilometres per hour, for example, you have far greater control over your car than if you break at 80 kilometres per hour.

And if you’re even somewhat impaired by alcohol or prescription medicines but are still well under the legal limit, your reaction time is considerably more limited.

Possible fines

Speeding is frowned upon in Australia’s numerous states and territories. While each jurisdiction is free to establish its own fee structure, given the large fines, it’s remarkable how many drivers continue to speed.

In New South Wales, for example, if you are found speeding by 10 kilometres over the limit, you will be fined $265. If you’re in a rush and go 20 kilometres over the speed limit, the total will be $455. And think about it: is it worth it to go 30 kilometres over the speed limit for an $872 fine? But it’s probably better than the speed demons who went over 45 km/h over the speed limit and received half their penalty points plus a $2350 fine.

Fines for driving fewer than 9 kilometres begin at $100 and quickly rise in other territories, with fines as high as $100 for going less than 9 kilometres.

  • No seatbelts

Everyday, police and highway patrol officers pull over drivers and issue citations because the driver or passengers are not wearing seatbelts. According to tow truck companies, this is also one of the most common rules that Australians are breaking regularly. 

What Is the Law About?

Every individual in a vehicle, including drivers and passengers, is required by law to wear a seatbelt. There are no exceptions to this rule. The law also applies to taxi cab passengers as well.

What is the significance of this?

According to a survey by tow truck companies in Brisbane, more than half of the 66 children aged 0 to 12 years old who died in car accidents between 2007 and 2016 were not properly strapped in the vehicle.

Only a small fraction of people in Brisbane do not use seat belts, but that small percentage is responsible for an alarming number of deaths. All of the tow truck companies urge that you must follow this rule and wear seatbelts, your safety is very important for us. 

What Will It Cost You Financially? 

For not wearing a seatbelt, you’ll usually be fined $550, though if there are multiple passengers not wearing a seatbelt, the fine might escalate to $900. Your licence will also receive four demerit points.

These are some of the laws commonly broken by Australians. We urge everyone to follow all the traffic rules for your and the safety of your loved ones. If a single person is not following rules then not only that person but others are at risk as well. 

Top 8 Tips To Increase Fuel Efficiency By Local Tow Truck Experts

If you’re like the rest of us, one of the last things you want to spend more money on is fuel. It’s easier than you think to make your tank go a little further in order to save a few extra dollars. According to our local tow truck experts maintaining your automobile in top condition and sticking to maintenance schedules can increase fuel efficiency by up to 30%.

So here are the top 10 tips to increase the fuel efficiency of your vehicle by our local tow truck experts:

1. Use the High Quality Fuel

Do you have access to a modern vehicle? If that’s the case, you’re probably running on unleaded E10. It’s a wonderful choice when you first fill up your tank because it’s a less expensive alternative to conventional gasoline. The issue is that E10 is ethanol, which has low volatility when compared to regular gasoline. As a result, it will appear like you are prioritizing cost over efficiency. According to our local tow truck experts, this is due to the fact that E10 requires more gasoline to obtain the same level of performance.

In other words, by thinking you’re saving money on gas, you’re actually wasting money. In actuality, you consume more gasoline and visit the service station more frequently than you would want.

So the best solution for this issue as of our local tow truck experts is to select the appropriate fuel. Premium fuel is more expensive, but you will notice the difference right away. It lasts longer and even gives you a tiny performance bump. If you have a European vehicle, you should only use premium fuel; otherwise, choosing E10 or regular options may result in performance issues.

Before igniting, if you hear tiny “pings” in the engine, it means you’re running low on octane fuel. If you do not change your fuel, you risk causing early engine harm. Make sure you read the owner’s manual to learn about your car’s specific requirements, especially when it comes to choosing the right fuel. This information is usually found on the inside of the fuel flap, or you can do a quick online search.

2. Drive On A Steady Speed As Much As Possible

In addition to maintaining a speed of 100 km/h or below, you should drive as smoothly as possible. It can be tempting to speed up or tailgate the automobile in front of you that has been travelling slowly. As of our local tow truck experts quickening your pace, on the other hand, will consume more fuel. Instead, especially if you haven’t been driving from a stop, you should take off as smoothly as possible. Then you pull back from the traffic, allowing you to drive more quickly.

You will be compelled to slow down and then speed up if you tailgate or follow a car too closely. Switching from fast to slow or vice versa consumes more fuel than you might think. You can assess the issue if you travel further behind. It’s useful since you won’t have to apply the brakes, which, as you may already know, wastes a lot of gas.

3. Drive Slow

When it comes to driving, the slow and steady approach always wins. Excessive speed will get you to your destination faster, but it will have a number of negative consequences for your car. You may be causing long-term damage to your engine, making it less efficient.

Our local tow truck experts are strongly advising against driving at speeds of 110 km/h or higher, as this will raise your fuel consumption by more than 15%. Driving at fast speeds is the last thing you want to do if you want to save money on gas. Ideally, you should sit at a speed of 100 km/h or less if you are comfortable with it. You’ll be taking better care of your car while also lowering your chances of receiving a speeding ticket.

4. Consolidate Your Journeys

Local tow truck experts have busted a common myth that taking two short trips saves you more money than one long drive. You’ll need more gas because your car uses extra gas every time you start it. When your engine is cold, it consumes more fuel than when it is warm. As a result, multiple short trips after a cold start consume twice the amount of fuel.

It’s time to consolidate as many trips and errands as possible if you actually want to save money on gas. You will also reduce the amount of time you need to drive as a result of this. And there is no doubt that time is money. And the less time you spend driving, the less gas you’ll require. As a result, our local tow truck experts believe combining many locations into a single journey makes sense.

5. Make Sure Your Tyres Are Properly Inflated

Consider how difficult it would be to drive up a hill with a flat tyre. It’s draining. Rolling resistance increases when your tyres are deflated, which means your car’s engine will have to work harder than usual. It is a common saying among the local tow truck experts that the more labour an automobile does, the more it costs.

Fortunately, you can easily avoid this type of problem. All you have to do is check your tyres on a regular basis to ensure they are properly inflated. That indicates all four tyres are at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.

Premature wear is caused by underinflated and deflated tyres. They also reduce fuel efficiency. Make it a practice to check the amount of tyre inflation before leaving the house. According to our local tow truck experts, when the tyres are cold, that is the optimum time to check their pressure. That means you’ve only been driving for around five minutes. You can also do it before you get behind the wheel. When you check your car’s tyre pressure when the tyres are already heated, you’ll get inaccurate results.

While we’re on the subject, keep in mind that your wheel alignment should be checked as well. Misaligned wheels will reduce tyre grip, increasing the quantity of fuel used to push your vehicle. You should have your car’s alignment checked if it seems to pull to one side more often or if wear only appears on one side of the tyre.

If you have a flat tyre, Austow can either replace it or tow you to the nearest tyre shop. We specialize in quick, efficient, dependable, and economical flat tyre roadside help.

6. Idle Time Uses Fuel Too

Turning off the car’s engine is one of the most effective and simple ways to save fuel. We all have the habit of leaving it running while we go errands and this is considered one of the most common issues by local tow truck experts. Some jobs take longer than expected, resulting in you leaving your automobile idle for longer.

It is highly recommended by local tow truck experts that you should cut off your engine while waiting for the stoplight to turn green. Turn off the engine if you think you’ll be stuck on the road for more than 30 seconds. This is one of the reasons why contemporary automobiles feature stop/start systems, which automatically turn the car off and on.

According to local tow truck experts, there is one more thing that you should avoid. Before you start driving, don’t warm up your vehicle. This old wives’ tale is completely unneeded, and it also wastes fuel.

7. Maintain Your Car’s Optimal Condition

Any local tow truck expert will tell you this without fail and that is to maintain your car in optimal condition. While it is an additional cost every six months or so, it is well worth the money. You will save a lot of money on gas while also extending the life of the engine. Spark plugs, fuel, and air filters are usually replaced as part of routine maintenance. Maintaining your vehicle properly ensures that it will run longer and in the best possible condition.

8. Go Hybrid or Electric

The new greens on the road are electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid autos. These two varieties were a welcome addition to the automobile industry, especially given Australia’s sky-high fuel rates. If you travel for many thousand kilometres per year, hybrids and electric vehicles provide more benefits.

A hybrid vehicle has a battery and an electric motor, as opposed to traditional cars that use diesel or gas to power their internal combustion engines. It can still be filled up like a regular automobile, but you can recharge and utilize the battery first before switching to gasoline. The fact that these automobiles emit less pollution while also turning off the motor when the vehicle comes to a halt is a significant bonus. That implies it won’t go into idle mode, saving you a lot of money on gas.

Have you run out of gas and are stranded on the highway? It’s no problem! We provide a quick and courteous refuelling service. We value your time and will be there to assist you. Visit our website for more details.

Everything you need to know to prepare for car towing in Brisbane

When it comes to car towing in Brisbane, both novices and experts agree on one thing: it is not something to be taken lightly. Towing is difficult to perfect even if you’ve been hauling trailers for several years. It’s even harder when you’re on your first family vacation in a little camper trailer.

It’s usually advisable to delegate this task to the professionals. However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you insist on car towing in Brisbane, even if it’s just for fun with your family. This list will assist you in having a pleasant journey.

Here is everything you need to know before you decide to do car towing in Brisbane:

Why Choosing DIY Towing Cars Isn’t a Good Idea?

Before you begin car towing in Brisbane, you should be aware of the difficulty of the endeavour. Towing may appear simple, but it is not without its difficulties. To avoid any issues, you must first examine numerous variables, as well as the appropriate equipment.

Hiring a competent car towing service in Brisbane will ensure that both you and your vehicle are safe. Of course, these professionals also know how to keep the road safe for others.

DIY towing is not recommended, especially if you’ve been in a car accident and have no prior towing experience. You should not call your pals to seek for assistance for towing your vehicle. This mistake may come back to haunt you, especially if your purpose is to save money.

How to Get Ready to Be Towed?

Vehicles should not be hauled in Brisbane if the tail lights are not operating properly. It should also be checked that none of the vehicles, including the tow truck and trailers, are transporting harmful commodities. These products may jeopardise public safety. To conduct this car towing services in Brisbane, you’ll need licence from the government.

Drivers are also prohibited from towing a trailer if they are unable to control it.

There are many other car towing in Brisbane prohibited which includes the following:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Recreational vehicles on wheels
  • Toys with wheels
  • Bicycles

It is also important to remember that car towing in Brisbane is strictly limited to only one car at a time. 

Now that you’ve mastered the fundamentals, there are a few more things you can do to prepare for car towing in Brisbane:

The important tasks that should be on your pre-towing checklist are listed below. To round things off, we’ve got some driving advice. This way, whether you’re car towing alone or with others, you’ll enjoy a smooth, safe, and worry-free experience.

  1. Examine Your Vehicle

The most common mistake people make is failing to identify their vehicle. Many drivers believe that their vehicle may be utilised for towing. They have a massive car and can transport anything they desire. Regrettably, this is not the case.

Before car towing in Brisbane, you must first determine which truck is capable of performing the task at hand and how much to tow (weight).

It may appear simple enough that even complete novices with no prior towing expertise can attempt it. There is, however, a lot to learn about the car’s engine, transmission, equipment, and other components. It is critical to use the proper truck.

  1. Understand the Factors That Affect a Car’s Towing Capability

Many trucks allow you to customise them according to your needs. The tow rating of your car rapidly changes as a result of all the alterations you’ve made.

The following factors can affect your truck’s towing capacity:

  • The size of the cab
  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • The length of the bed
  • Whether it’s a two-wheel or four-wheel drive

Optional trailer packages can be added, making towing even more difficult.

  1. Examine the trailer’s tyres

You still have a few things to accomplish even if you have all the figures down and know you have the correct car for the job. Many drivers check the tyres on their vehicle, but they forget to check the tyres on their trailers. Cracking and dry rot should be looked for. Typically, you will leave your trailer outside for a few months. It may wreak havoc on tyres, rendering them unfit for use on the road.

Even though the tyres appear to have plenty of tread, this is no guarantee that they will not fail while driving. Make that the tyre pressure fulfils the towing requirements as well. For some towed cars to be dragged without problems, higher pressure is required. Finally, the trailer and tow vehicle’s wheel lug nuts are sufficiently tightened to achieve a certain torque.

  1. Ensure that your tow vehicle is in good working order

Car towing vehicle, like any other vehicle, should be serviced on a regular basis. When you tow, the truck is put under additional strain. As a result, if you’re planning a road trip, be sure your vehicles are in good shape. Its oil and filter, for example, need be replaced. We have a tutorial that will assist you in completing this task on your own.

You should also ensure that the brake pads can work for an extended period of time, or at the very least while you are on the road. You may also want to make sure the engine coolant is at the proper level. Also, top off the transmission fluid.

You can inspect and adjust the brakes if the trailer has them. It’s also a good idea to lubricate the wheel bearings. These tests and adjustments don’t take long. Before you hit the road, take a few minutes to inspect the condition of both the trailer and the tow vehicle. If you are car towing in Brisbane or any other city, these things should be checked. 

  1. Choose the Correct Hitch

The hitch is the safe metal structure that connects the vehicle to the trailer. It consists of two parts: a trailer hitch for attaching to the towing vehicle and a receiver hitch for attaching the tow ball.

A factory-installed hitch for towing is now standard on many automobiles. If your automobile does not have it, you will need to find the appropriate hitch before towing. You might visit a local trailer rental service firm and ask for help. Although the hitch can be attached to the vehicle’s bumper, it is preferable to attach it to the frame.

  1. Have Chains of Safety

Safety chains are included with trailers, which you will attach to the hitch. It’s important not to run these chains straight, as this is a typical mistake. Instead, for further security, cross them together.

You won’t have to be concerned if you run into issues that lead the trailer to become disconnected from the vehicle. It’s because the linked chains will act as a “frame” to keep the tongue of the trailer in place. The chains will catch it if it falls.

To prevent the trailer from dragging on the road, make sure the chains are snug. There should, however, be enough area for the container to move, which is critical if you need to make a quick turn.

  1. Have Lights That Work

Another important item on your to-do list is to double-check while car towing in Brisbane is the trailer lights. Before you drive, inspect the trailer’s electrical wiring system. Everything should be connected to the car appropriately.

Make sure the wires are loose enough by touching them with your hand. This allows you to perform turns without the car becoming separated. The wires should not, however, be so slack that they come into contact with the route.

You can have another person physically ensure that the trailer’s lights, such as the running lights, turn signals, danger lights, and brake lights, are all functional.

  1. Be Ready for Any Unexpected Occurrences

The idea is to keep your car on the road as much as possible. It is for this reason that you must double-check all aspects before embarking on your excursion of car towing in Brisbane.

When driving a standard car, you can easily become trapped on the side of the road. When you’re towing a trailer behind you, you’re more likely to encounter a variety of problems.

Having at least one spare tyre is a smart idea. In any case, a lug nut wrench comes in handy, but be sure it’s suited to your trailer’s wheels. If you have a flat tyre, you should also have a jack so that you can work properly on your container.
When you back up, have someone (a spotter) to direct you. You can also instal broad mirrors to gain all the visibility you need. Because practise makes perfect, you might want to put your driving skills to the test while car towing in Brisbane. Before you head out, try accelerating, braking, backing up, and turning. Prior to driving, it’s also a good idea to double-check your route. Some highways will not allow trailers, while others will place weight, height, and width restrictions. To avoid any inconvenience, plan your trip ahead of time.

15 things to carry in your car according to experts from the towing truck services

For many of us, driving is a pleasurable experience. However, being on the road can carry with it a lot of uncertainty. We never know what we’ll encounter, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared. It makes no difference whether you use your automobile to get around town or for longer trips or use any public transport. Certain items should be in your vehicle to maintain its operating and allow you to deal with unforeseen problems along the way.

This blog post contains a list of necessities that you may require in the event of an emergency according to towing truck services experts.

Please keep in mind that some of the information may not apply to your case. If you’re driving in Canberra, for example, you might need an extra parka, but not in Brisbane. When making your selections, go with your gut and consider the items as strong suggestions rather than a definite must. This is the list prepared by our experts in towing truck services.

So let’s begin the list of the top 15 items you should always carry in your car according to the experts from towing truck services:

Documents:

Although some items on this list are optional and dependent on your specific situation, the documents listed below are required according to the experts of towing truck services.

  1. Owner’s Manual

Make it a practice to check the location where you keep your owner’s manual most often. It is the glove box for the majority of individuals. Even if you’re in a rush, you should always make time to double-check that the handbook is present. It’s crucial because it provides you with important information about your vehicle, such as PSI and recommended fuel levels. The handbook comes with the car, therefore it contains specific information about your vehicle. Please do not remove it.

  1. Certificate of Insurance

You may never imagine that you would be involved in a car accident or any other issue because you are a cautious driver in general. In reality, your proof of insurance is one of the documents you should keep on hand at all times. If you are stopped by the authorities, you may be asked to present proof of insurance.

  1. Registration and Licensure

Having your driver’s licence and registration in your car looks to be conventional sense to everyone from towing truck services. When you are pulled over by the police, you will very certainly be required to provide your driver’s licence and registration. Fines may be imposed if certain documents are not produced.

If you’re a handyman, keeping the following items in your trunk will come in handy:

  1. Tyre as a backup

It’s not necessary for your spare to be ancient. Choose a spare tyre that is in good condition at the very least. It can be stored in the trunk or attached to the underbelly of your vehicle. However, having a spare tyre isn’t always a good idea, especially if you’ll be travelling for several hours. Adding an extra tyre to an automobile makes it heavier, lowering fuel efficiency.

  1. Lug Wrench and Tyre Jack

Even if you have a spare, if you don’t have a tyre jack and lug wrench, it’s useless and you will have to call the towing truck services. These three elements complement each other. If your automobile has a set of locking lug nuts, you’ll need to keep your lug nut key on hand as well. If you need a refresher on how to change a flat tyre, see our Flat Tire Changing Guide.

  1. Cables for Jumping

The battery in your automobile can expire without you even realizing it. Your jumper cables can help if there is a willing passer-by willing to provide energy for a jumpstart. Jumper cables are affordable and may be found virtually everywhere, both online and in retail stores. You could also invest in an emergency battery booster. You won’t have to wait for towing truck services to come along and assist you this way.

  1. Multi-Tool

A multi-tool contains all of the necessary tools in one package and it is one of the must have for every expert from towing truck services. Scissors, screwdrivers, a can opener, and knives are among the many tools included. A multi-tool is incredibly useful even if you do not have a car or will not be driving about.

  1. Kit for First Aid

A first aid kit, the most fundamental of all needs, is not included on this list of safety goods. You never know when a first aid pack will come in handy. You don’t want to be in a situation where you need to clean up a cut but don’t have the necessary supplies.

Band-Aids, gauze pads, gloves, scissors, and ointment are some of the things to include in your pack.

  1. Cutter for Seat Belts

A seat belt cutter is a specialized tool that many Australians believe they don’t require. In the event of a rollover, an accident, or a multi-vehicle pileup, this tool can turn out to be very important according to towing truck services. The above-mentioned circumstances have the potential to cause the car’s electrical systems to fail. Those systems could fail, affecting the vehicle’s mechanical operations such as doors, seat belts, and windows. You don’t want to be confined inside the car, therefore having a seat belt cutter handy is a good idea.

Cleaning:

Of course, having cleaning and hygiene needs in your automobile will not save your life. They can, however, save you a lot of time and aggravation. You should bring the following cleaning materials with you if you want a clean and easy-to-maintain trip according to towing truck services:

  1. Tissues and wet wipes

There’s a chance you’ll spill something in the car, which you can easily clean up with wet wipes or tissues. Clean up any in-car messes as soon as possible. Waiting for coffee or even water to seep into the seat is not a good idea. While the scent of spilt water may not bother you, the smell of spilt milk or coffee can be unpleasant. These items come in handy when you need to clean your hands after changing a tyre, for example. Wet wipes and tissues do not need to be kept in a big box; small travel packs are usually sufficient. You have time to refill them before they run out.

  1. Bags made of paper

Even if you don’t intend to go shopping, a reusable shopping bag can come in handy for last-minute purchases. Plastic bags are not environmentally friendly, so try to avoid them.

  1. Sanitizer for the hands

You may not have access to water or soap after a tyre repair or other maintenance work. Instead, you can use your hand sanitizer. Before applying a hand sanitizer, clean your hands with tissues or wet wipes. It aids in the removal of the odour of oil or any other filth you may have come into contact with.

Convenience:

The items listed below can be added to your glove box or trunk to make your journeys more convenient. They do not save lives, but they can be useful in some situations:

  1.  A pen and some paper

When you need to write something down quickly, you can use your phone to store it. However, having a pen and paper handy in case your phone’s battery fails is still a good idea. Even if you don’t have your phone with you, you can gain access to anything important. 

  1. Charger for mobile phones

The majority of automobile owners have already plugged their chargers into their vehicles. However, if you are one of the few that does not, then it is highly recommended by towing truck services experts to having a charger in your car. You’ll never have to worry about your phone running out of power this way. It cannot be overstated how crucial it is to have a cell phone on hand these days.

  1. Water and Snacks

According to towing truck services experts, you should always keep non-perishable items in your vehicle. These items are invaluable, especially if you intend to travel with your children. They will only say that they are hungry, which is why snacks are so important. You won’t have to stop at the store only to get some chips if you have them ready. Water is, of course, certainly necessary, so bring some bottles with you.
You gain peace of mind when you are well-prepared. You should have the things listed above available whenever you drive, whether it’s a short trip or a lengthy haul – or something in between. Your requirements may differ, and this list is by no means a complete one but these things are highly recommended by some of the experts in towing truck services. It may appear that having them all packed in the car is a lot, but the good news is that most of these items do not take up much room.

Why Should You Include Tow Truck Services in Your Car Insurance Policy?

Is tow truck service covered under your auto insurance policy? Most likely not. Many insurance companies are wary of granting tow truck service coverage. Mechanical failure is one of the most common reasons why individuals need towing help, and it’s a problem that insurance companies don’t like to deal with. It is costly and can occur multiple times.

Drivers will never be stranded on the road because their cars won’t start if we live in a perfect world. Unfortunately, we do not live in an ideal world. And vehicle breakdowns are something we have to deal with on a regular basis. Drivers in Brisbane are frequently inconvenienced by having to wait for a buddy to tow their car to the nearest auto body shop. However, when you’re out in the middle of nowhere, it’s not always possible to rely on it.

People engage towing firms like Fast Sydney Towing for this reason. 

Hence people hire tow truck services like Austow. We’ll provide you with hassle-free tow truck services so you can get to the mechanic as soon as possible.

But you’re certainly curious about the cost of the tow truck service. Will your auto insurance cover the cost of the service? The answer to this inquiry is determined by your insurance policy.

Here is everything you need to know about the inclusion of towing in your car insurance:

Coverage for Towing:

Tow truck service is usually not covered by most car insurance policies. You’re more than likely to have a car breakdown, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar area. As a result, it’s only natural that you hunt for the best insurance to meet your demands. You can be one of those people who just want to feel safe when driving on unfamiliar roads. After all, anything can happen, including running out of gas or blowing a tyre.

If you’re a tradie with insurance, the last thing you want to find out when you’re broken down and late for a job is that you don’t have tow truck see https://www.austow.com.au/Services/rvice insurance on your policy.

You require to get towing included in your car insurance policy. It’s known as towing and labour coverage by certain companies, so check to see if it’s included in your policy. Towing and labour coverage is a cheap add-on that you can acquire from most major auto insurance companies.

If you don’t see towing and labour coverage on your current policy, that indicates tow truck service is not covered. You must pay for the service entirely with your own funds. However, this does not imply that you are unprotected. If you don’t have towing and labour coverage but have any of the following, your towing service in Sydney may still be covered:

  • A separate insurance company or service can provide roadside assistance.
  • Coverage that is comprehensive
  • Complete coverage
  • Collision and liability insurance

If you were in an accident and it was determined that you were not at fault, you may be covered for future towing, which will be deducted from the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage.

Roadside assistance may not be included in your policy if you simply have liability insurance and no additional collision coverage. As a result, towing services may be excluded from coverage.

The consumer may become perplexed, which is why you must ask the appropriate questions. If you’re concerned about towing services, check with your insurer to see if you’re covered.

The good thing is that you can narrow down your search. Towing services are frequently included in comprehensive automobile insurance policies. If you need towing, you’re covered, though some providers restrict the radius of where your car will be towed for safety or repair.

Some insurance companies offer free roadside assistance, while others offer third-party fire and theft coverage that includes towing. Always double-check your documentation to make sure you understand what you’re paying for.

Towing Coverage: What You Need to Know

Your automobile may be left in a difficult-to-reach location in the event of an accident or theft. Thieves may, for example, abandon the vehicle far from your usual path. These situations are usually covered by comprehensive plans. Meanwhile, if you have third-party fire and theft insurance and your automobile was stolen and left in an abandoned place, towing may be included in your policy. If you were in a fire accident, tow truck service may also be covered. If it is a car accident or any other type of road accident, that coverage will not cover it.

There is one thing you must remember whether you have comprehensive insurance or fire and theft coverage. One of the first things you should do is contact your provider – after ensuring that everyone is safe, of course.

Before you may file a claim, you must notify your insurer about the incident. It’s an important step that many customers overlook. As a result, they are unable to obtain the towing service or coverage that they require. Some automobile insurance companies will arrange for a tow for you, but the majority will leave it up to you. You can call Austow Towing services in this situation, and we’ll be there in no time.

Even if your insurance provider allows you to choose your preferred car towing service, you should always inquire about the policy’s inclusions and exclusions. As a result, you won’t have to pay for services that aren’t covered by your auto insurance.

Most insurers do not impose a distance limit, so you can have your car towed to your desired location without incurring additional costs. They will, however, commonly stipulate that your tower can only transport you to the nearest repairer, storage, or residence. You should double-check the details of your policy once more. For example, an insurer may cover tow truck service but only to one location, such as a repair shop, rather than your home.

Roadside Assistance:

Tow truck service is frequently covered by roadside assistance. It is not, however, as extensive as incident coverage. The size and distance of free towing from roadside assistance policies are usually limited. To find out about these restrictions, check with your insurance and policy.

If you live in an urban region, for example, you may only be able to tow your car for free up to 20 kilometers. If your vehicle breaks down on the side of the road in a rural region, your insurance coverage may cover free towing for up to 50 kilometers. These distance restrictions are only guidelines. Check with your insurer or your policy paperwork for the most up-to-date information.

When it comes to vehicle sizes, some insurers may only allow free towing if your automobile is under a specific height and weight limit. Free towing is normally limited to three to 3.5 tonnes, depending on the carrier. The vehicle must be no more than four metres tall.

Advantages of Including Towing in Your Car Insurance Policy:

Roadside assistance and other policies that cover towing services pay for themselves over time. They only cost a few dollars to your premium, but they provide good protection against a range of hazards while driving. When you need a towing service, it can be a stressful scenario, but with Austow Tow Truck Services and your auto insurance, it can be a lot less stressful.

You will require assistance with towing at some point in your life, particularly if you drive frequently. 

Here are the main reasons why towing should be included in your auto insurance:

  • Get Help Right Away:

Because of your insurance coverage, you will have your automobile towed right away. We also guarantee that if you choose Austow towing services, we will get your vehicle hauled faster than other businesses. We will transport you to the nearest mechanic up to the distance covered by your insurance coverage.

  • Towing assistance is available around the clock:

Accidents typically occur at night, and often at inconvenient times. If you require a towing service in Brisbane, though, you need not be concerned. All you have to do now is contact your insurance and explain your situation. Then you can call us to arrange for a towing vehicle that is appropriate for your needs. We’ll be there right away, at any time.

  • Relax and unwind:

A towing claim is simple to make, especially if you have roadside assistance coverage. All you have to do is contact your insurance company (some have an app where you can make a claim). Then you can proceed to tell them about the situation in detail. More significantly, talk about whether or not you require roadside assistance. You can also pay for the tow truck service and then receive reimbursement.

Depending on your insurance arrangement, we will transport your vehicle to your insurer’s chosen repair facilities or to your selected location. Before you hire us, make sure you have saved your receipt and called your insurance company.
Before purchasing vehicle insurance, as with any other policy, you should always compare quotes. Check to see if they provide roadside help (tow truck service) or other essentials such as theft, fire, and accidents.