Santa Claus is Coming To Town

2015 Dr. Hook & RE/MAX float

2015 Dr. Hook & RE/MAX float. Image Credit: Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade

There may not be any snow on the ground yet and current temperatures may feel more like Spring but the time has arrived for the annual Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade.

We always are committed to giving back to the community which is why we are a 2016 Sponsor of the Winnipeg Santa Claus parade. We have once again partnered with Re/Max so make sure to watch out for our float!

The parade has a long tradition in Winnipeg and we are so honoured to have the opportunity to join with other Winnipeg businesses and organizations for this annual event.

The parade will span 17 blocks in Winnipeg’s downtown area. An estimated total of 34,000 people will be in attendance (2,000 people per block!). The weather is looking great for Saturday. So be sure to come early to grab a spot and enjoy the parade on November, 12, 2016. Block parties start at 4 pm and the parade is at 5 pm. More information is available on the Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade website.

Medium/Heavy Service Technician Needed

We are currently looking for a Medium/Heavy Service Technician to perform full services on our fleet and encourage you to apply if you have:

  • A desire for a long term career with growth potential
  • Previous experience in an automotive service environment
  • Completed basic High School or College auto mechanics course(s) (preferred, but not required)
  • The ability to retain detailed product information
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Desire to learn more about vehicles

As a Medium/Heavy Service Technician at Dr. Hook Towing Ltd, your tasks will include:

  • Performing oil and filter changes, greasing trucks
  • Replacement of vital truck fluids (e.g. coolant, transmission, and transfer case fluid)
  • Maintaining and organizing parts stock and inventory, cleaning shop
  • Working directly with Upper Service Technicians
  • Replacement of hydraulic line’s

To apply for this position, please submit your resume online.

If You’re A New Driver, Here’s What You Need To Know

drivingAs a new driver, it can be stressful being out there on the road. To ease your nerves, think safety first. Make sure that you and everyone in the car is safely secured and wearing their seat belt. Follow road signs and do not speed through traffic. To avoid rushing to your destination, plan your route before you leave. This way you will have time to account for traffic delays or construction.

Distracted drivers make bad drivers. Doing everything else other than driving such as eating, putting on makeup or using your phone makes for unsafe situations. Avoid distractions at all costs, especially texting. Not only is texting while driving is dangerous, it is against the law. Obey the rules of the road and stay focussed on the road.

Even if your vehicle is regularly maintained, breakdowns can occur. This is why you should add Dr. Hook Towing as one of your primary contacts. In addition to towing services, we also provide roadside assistance such as flat tires, out of gas, locked keys and battery service. Also, when you sign up as a Guaranteed Roadside Assistance member, we will have all your information in our system which allows for quicker service. Best of all, there is not fee in becoming a member.

These tips apply to new drivers as well as experienced ones. Stay safe and give us a call at (204) 956-4665 if you need us.

Your Business Is Our Business

heavy-duty-towingWhen you run a business that depends on wheels, any lost man-hours can be costly. If one of your rigs breaks down, you need to know that help is available and just a phone call away.  Getting assistance and the right equipment to the scene as promptly as possible is essential to your bottom line. When you call Dr. Hook, we will get your vehicle back on the road as quickly as we can, and your driver out of harm’s way. We offer emergency and scheduled service with direct dispatch 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our services include:

Our state-of-the-art vehicles can handle any size job and our team of highly-trained professionals are dedicated to delivering courteous and efficient service. Our business is helping people, and treating each person with dignity and respect. When you give us a call, know that you can rely on Dr. Hook Towing to dispatch the best-trained, best-equipped heavy equipment towing operators in Manitoba, to keep your business moving.

To learn more about our commercial vehicle assistance capabilities, call Dr. Hook today at 1-800-561-4665 or fill out our contact form now.

Driving Around on Canada Day

Canada DayPhoto by Shahnoor Habib Munmun – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9389910

It’s almost time to celebrate Canada Day and enjoy the long weekend. There’s a lot of festivities happening in Winnipeg such as taking part of Canada’s largest living map at Shaw Park, the Osborne Village Street Celebration and fireworks at Assiniboine Park, just to name a few.

Wherever your destination is this Canada Day, keep in mind that this is one of the heaviest weekends for driving.

To avoid heavy traffic and parking at Assiniboine Park, Canad Inns is offering a Park N’ Ride until midnight. Just park your vehicle near Canadian Mennonite University, Asper Jewish Community Campus, Seasons of Tuxedo, St. Paul’s High School or Shaftesbury High School and ride Winnipeg Transit to the Park. Winnipeg Transit also has a free shuttle linking the Forks and Osborne Village. There will also be extra late night service scheduled for after the fireworks.

If you are headed to the beach or cottage and are driving longer distances, ensure that you’ve checked your vehicle so that it is ready for the drive. To keep the kids occupied and less chance of distractions while you are driving, have plenty of activities and snacks on hand to keep them busy. It’s important to plan ahead to make sure that your family arrives to and from your celebration points safely.

Have a safe and Happy Canada Day from all of us at Dr. Hook Towing!

What to do if someone is parked in your spot?

reserved-parking

Photo by Steve Snodgrass / CC BY 2.0

No signage, a shortage of parking spots, or just plain ignorance. Whatever the case may be, when it comes to parking, drivers are always trying to find the best spot. Which may cause you grief if the spot is yours. So what can you do if this happens to you?

This can get frustrating if this is on private property such as an apartment, townhouse or condo. When someone takes your spot you will most likely need to head towards the designated visitor parking. This creates an annoyance, because you may have to park further than you need to be. You could leave a note on the windshield or if you are able to locate the driver, let them know that they are parked in a designated reserved area for tenants and indicate where visitors typically park. Hopefully, the driver may not have realized that they were infringing on your property. Or if you feel it is necessary, seek guidance from the apartment manager or landlord.

If this happens in your office parking lot you can contact the towing company. This would be considered the extreme action but may be necessary if it is a recurring problem. The parking lot most likely has signs with the name of the towing company in charge of the lot along with their contact information. Give the towing company a call and explain the situation. Once the vehicle is towed, the owner of the vehicle will have to pay a fee and retrieve their vehicle from the impound lot.

For a vehicle to be towed, there must be signage in compliance with the requirements of the by law. Please refer to the City of Winnipeg Private Parking Bylaw #6549/95.

If someone takes your reserved parking space in a parkade, you should be able to speak to the parking lot attendant. They will be familiar with how to proceed with the situation.

If you require Dr. Hook’s assistance or need more information on reclaiming your spot, let us know. We also have approved business lot signage available for sale. Contact us today.