Kristina Insley, our Assistant VP and rep from our parent company InsuranceHub, attended the fourth annual Slow Down Move Over Rally held in Alabama on December 6, 2020. InsuranceHub sponsored this event along with five other companies in the transportation industry. The purpose of the rally was to raise awareness of the dangers tow truck drivers face daily and the laws in place to protect them.
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 Clearinghouse? How can they use the database? These are just a few of the questions that need to be answered. We’ll explain.
If you have a tow truck business, you have an ear out for the latest trucking news. And one big thing that’s been all the buzz in the trucking world is the FMCSA Clearinghouse. How could this affect you as a tow truck business owner? Is it something you need to worry about? Maybe you feel like you’re late to the party, or maybe you’re just realizing that January 6, 2020 (the magic date) has come and gone. Not to fear – we’ll give you some of the need-to-know information about FMCSA Clearinghouse.
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.
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.
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.
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. Towing will be free. But how will this work? We’ll explain the details – including some information that Volvo drivers should know about ahead of time.
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.
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.
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.