If you work anywhere in the trucking world, you’ve probably heard of the FMCSA, or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA is a big deal, but why is it so important? What exactly do they do, and why should you as a tow truck business care? We’ll explain the mission of the FMCSA, how they strive to achieve that mission, and what programs they oversee. Here goes!
The Clearinghouse is still a relatively new thing in the trucking world, so there are still a lot of questions. Tow truck drivers might wonder how Clearinghouse will affect them. For starters, what part does Clearinghouse play for them? Do tow truck drivers have to register for the DOT Clearinghouse? How can they use the database? These are just a few of the questions that need to be answered. We’ll explain.
A lot of businesses have tow trucks even though they don’t do towing for hire. For example, think about an auto shop that has a tow truck or two. They’re not doing towing as their main source of income – they have the shop. This is what could be called incidental towing. This is how you can approach getting insurance if your business does incidental towing.
If you have a towing business, it’s important that all your trucks are functioning and working properly. Your tow trucks are a major part of the business, after all. But of course, tow trucks and towing equipment aren’t indestructible. Things break and need to be replaced. And if something breaks on you, that means you or a client could be hurt. This is why it’s so important to have a preventive maintenance program. And that’s all fine and good, but how do you take care of issues when your drivers find them without completely throwing your business into chaos? Well, it’s a lot of preparation, of course. Here are a few tips for taking care of repairs without upending your business completely.