Ah, the joys of paying bills. You’ve got a lot of expenses to juggle as the owner of a towing business, but your tow truck insurance payment is one that you can’t drop. You’ve got a lot on your plate with making sure your business is running smoothly, and sometimes things happen and insurance falls by the wayside. But there may be consequences for paying your insurance bill late – it’s not exactly like returning a library book past its due date and having to pay the dime-a-day late fee. Your insurance renewal could go up. We’ll explain why it’s so important to pay your bill on-time.
When you’re hiring new tow truck drivers, it’s important to find the right people. The driver has to be a good fit for your business so that everyone’s happy – you included. If you don’t hire the right people for the job, your team might not be the amazing group of drivers that you were hoping for. But that’s the question – how do you hire “the right people” to drive for your business? We’ve got a few things for you to keep in mind when you’re hiring tow truck drivers.
Though no one wants to imagine that they will ever be involved in an accident, someday one of your drivers may be in a wreck while driving a tow truck on the job. There’s a reason they’re called accidents – they can happen to anyone, no matter how experienced a truck driver they are. But the actions of a driver immediately following a crash can make a difference if it comes down to a lawsuit. That’s why it’s so important to train your drivers for what to do if they’re in a crash. The driver’s the one who’s on the scene, so they need to be prepared.
Reputation is crucial, especially when you work in the towing business. When you’re rescuing a driver who’s stranded on the side of the road, it’s really important to step up your game to give them the best towing experience possible. Happy clients are clients that will talk about your business to other people or post glowing reviews online…and that can go a long way in helping you grow your business. Don’t underestimate the importance of online reviews. But how can you ensure that your customers will walk away from the tow happy?
Well, we’ve got twelve tips for you.
Being in pain is no fun, especially if you’re a tow truck driver and your back is killing you. Many truck drivers experience back pain because of the demands of the job – sitting for hours, experiencing the movement and jolting of being on the road, and getting in and out of the truck. Tow truck drivers often have to lift or push heavy loads, which can strain the complex network of vertebrae, muscles, discs, nerves, and joints that make up the back. We’ve talked before about the benefits of tow truck ergonomics, but back pain is so prevalent that it’s important to make it a focus.
To help you avoid the battle of lower back pain, we’ve got a few tips to prevent it.
When you drive a tow truck, rear-ending the car in front of you can often be more than just a fender-bender. Tow trucks are heavy, bulky, vehicles so they tend to cause more damage than your average passenger car. And lately, the costs of litigation for rear-end collisions has skyrocketed.
But it’s not only litigation that can cost your business big time.
What about your tow truck insurance rates?
We’ll explain why rear-end collisions are such a problem, the effect they have on the cost of tow truck insurance, and how to avoid rear-end collisions.
Tow truck insurance can, admittedly, get a little complicated. There are a lot of things to know about tow truck insurance and a lot of different coverages out there for towing operations. Buying tow truck insurance can seem very overwhelming. There are a lot of questions and numbers and insurance vocabulary words being tossed around. To help you through the truck insurance buying process, we’ve put together a list of nine common mistakes people make when buying tow truck insurance.
No one wants to be in the terrifying situation where the brakes on their tow truck fail. You have a lot of truck to think about, and it’s scary to think what would happen if all that power ran away with you – or ran away from you. Tow trucks and wreckers are big and heavy, which means that it takes a lot of brakes bring them to a halt. If your brakes are broken there’s nothing to get your truck to stop. So that’s why it’s generally a good idea to take care of the brakes on your tow trucks. We’ll give you some tips to keep your brakes in peak condition so that you can avoid accidents (and save money on your tow truck insurance.)
You can’t have a tow truck business without a fleet of tow trucks that actually work. It’s important that your tow trucks are in good health so that they’re up to the task of hauling cars – that’s no easy job, and you don’t want your vehicle to quit on you and break-down in the middle of a job. That’s why preventive maintenance is essential for towing operations. Preventive maintenance is basically having a professional check over your tow trucks to see if there are any repairs that need to be done before the truck breaks down (as the name suggests, you’re trying to get ahead of a potential problem with maintenance.) You might be wondering how to start a preventive maintenance program for your wrecker operation, and we can help you out with that.
You can’t have a tow truck business without tow trucks. For your business to operate at its full capacity, you need all of your tow trucks to be in good shape. You can’t have your vehicle give up on you by breaking down, can you? To avoid such a betrayal by a member of your faithful fleet, you may want to consider implementing a preventive maintenance program for your tow truck business. Preventive maintenance is basically getting a mechanic to give your tow trucks a check-up so you can take care of any issues before they become dangerous (or just plain headaches.) We’ll explain why preventive maintenance is so important.