October 28 is National First Responders Day

Oct. 28 is National First Responders Day

There is a very important day coming up in late October, and it’s a day that’s significant to tow truck operators. October 28th is National First Responders Day. It’s a day to recognize and appreciate the brave men and women who take care of others during emergencies, oftentimes putting their own lives at risk as they work to protect others, provide medical care, and save lives. It’s an opportunity to say “thank you” to those who have chosen to work in fields where they’re on the front lines when emergencies happen.

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Of course, police officers, paramedics and EMTs, and firefighters are all a part of this group, but first responders also include tow operators. Like police, paramedics, and firefighters, tow operators work along the side of the road and at accident scenes. Towing isn’t just about moving a car that’s broken down. Towers are there to respond to car accidents, and they’re there to assist with weather disasters. They don’t just assist in clearing the roadway. They help people who are going through an extremely scary situation. The work that towers do keeps the roads safer when there’s an emergency.

National First Responders Day got its start fairly recently. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Tom Cotton, Representative Mark Meadows, Representative Michael Capuano, and Representative Elijah Cummings started a resolution to create this day to honor first responders. (And it’s also worth mentioning that Colorado and Boston are also passing resolutions to recognize first responders.)

Having a day set aside to recognize first responders can help people remember how crucial and vital the work of these individuals is, and it’s a chance to say thank you to the first responders in our communities. When an emergency or a disaster strikes, the actions of these men and women save lives.

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We want to take the opportunity to say thank you to all of the police officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and tow operators out there who have dedicated their lives to helping others and saving lives. Thank you for being there in emergencies, and thank you for the work you do every day. We are so appreciative of what you do. It’s something that should be said every day, so we’ll take this chance to do so. Thank you, first responders, for everything you do every day to save lives, help people, and bravely handle emergencies.

Source:

Del Campo, Richard. “National First Responders Day.” American Towman,

Oct. 2019, p. 108.

Federal government to scrutinize Move Over laws to effect change

Move Over laws

It’s well-known within the towing industry that the roadside can be a hazardous place to work. It’s sorrowing and difficult to think about the many lives that are lost as tow truck drivers are simply doing their jobs, and the story happens far too often – a tow operator is working on a disabled vehicle when an out-of-control car strikes them. Following the deaths of three Illinois State Police officers, Illinois decided to take action. Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Richard Durbin asked the Government Accountability Office to look into Move Over Laws and create some recommendations.

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Top 10 coolest rigs on the road

Top ten coolest rigs on the road

Tow truck drivers put a lot of time and effort into their business, and we know that that same passion can go into spicing up their rig. Decorating or even wrapping a tow truck may seem like a big way to spend your company’s funds, but it can actually be a great way to market your services and make your fleet memorable. That’s why we’ve taken on the task of finding the Top 10 Coolest Rigs on the Road. Our entries and votes are in from Facebook and Reddit. So, now it’s time to find out which tow truck company rules the road in style.

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Volvo to offer free towing for any Volvo with Tow for Life

Volvo Tow for Life program

Volvo Cars USA has recently announced that they’re going to offer free towing for life for any Volvo car with its Tow for Life program. It doesn’t matter what year, make, or model of Volvo it is, and it doesn’t matter if the warranty has already passed. Volvo will take care of the towing cost. But how will this work? We’ll explain the details – including some information that Volvo drivers should know about ahead of time.

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5 reasons for towing businesses to consider cameras for their trucks

Having a video cameras in your tow trucks can be beneficial for your business.

Technology can be an amazing thing, from dispatch software to GPS. One new technology that applies to the towing world is cameras. There are a lot of camera setups out there for tow trucks. So, what’s the big deal? Why on earth should towing businesses consider using a camera system? It kind of seems like that’s spying on your drivers, and that probably wouldn’t go over well. We’ll explain some of the reasons that towing companies might want to consider installing camera systems.

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11 costs of running a tow truck business

There are many costs of running a tow truck business.

Running a tow truck business isn’t easy – or cheap. If you’re thinking about starting up a tow truck business, you need to be prepared for the costs you’re going to face. It’s better to know about the things you’ll have to pay for than to be caught off-guard, right? To help give you an overview of some of the expenses you might face as a tow truck business owner, we’ve come up with a list of expenses that you’ll need to plan for.

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Social media and your tow truck insurance

Your business's social media can affect your tow truck insurance.

Social media is engrained in our world. You can’t escape it. Your tow truck business might have different social media accounts as part of your marketing plan – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. And you probably have a website to generate business. So, you appreciate the usefulness and importance of social media.

But the thing is, so do insurance companies. Insurers look at social media accounts when they’re evaluating your business, and what they find could impact how they classify your business, your rates, or even whether or not they want to insure you.

We’ll explain.

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Which dispatch software is best for my tow truck business?

Find the right dispatch software for your business.

With the rise of technology, tow truck fleet management has become easier than ever. However, there are tons of dispatch software packages to choose from, and each one is different for each type of business. So, we’ve compared 6 of the top dispatch software programs to help you make the best choice for your company.

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Lynchburg, VA brings out portable speed bumps to protect first responders

Lynchburg will start using portable speed bumps.

The Lynchburg Fire Department in Virginia has decided to take steps to protect first responders working on the side of the road. They have recently bought portable speed bumps, which can be brought to the scene of an accident or emergency and rolled out across the road to encourage people to slow down. They roll up to fit into a pouch that can be easily taken to accident scenes, and then the portable speed bump is simply unrolled across a lane.

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9 holiday gift ideas for tow truck drivers

Check out these holiday gift ideas for tow truck drivers.

The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of year – partly because of the shopping. You want to give something thoughtful, but not too vague. You want to give your loved one something they can use and not stash in their closets never to be seen again. But what do you do if your giftee spends most of their day inside the cabin of a tow truck? If you’re at a loss of what to get the tow truck driver in your life, here are some holiday gift ideas that they’re sure to love.

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