Safety is the key to success in towing

Safety key to success in towing

Trucking is a dangerous industry. There is no getting around that. You’ve got 18-wheelers hurtling down the roads, which they share with much smaller vehicles. Even a smaller truck, like a box truck or a tow truck, is still far heavier than a normal car. And besides, the trucking industry is heavily regulated. Something that I’ve learned in my experience working in transportation insurance is that safety can be the key to success for trucking businesses. There are a few things towing and trucking businesses can do to step up their safety and protect themselves. 

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5 risks of driving a tow truck and how to prepare for them

Risks of driving a tow truck

If you drive a tow truck, there are a lot of challenges that come along with the job. Driving a commercial vehicle that’s bulky and large isn’t like driving a regular car. It’s important to be aware of these things and to be prepared for them. Tow trucks aren’t necessarily the easiest of vehicles to handle. Here are a few of the challenges or risks of operating a truck and some tips.

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Tips for driving a tow truck around pedestrians

Driving tow truck around pedestrians

When you drive a tow truck, you’re in charge of a very large vehicle. And that presents some very large challenges, particularly when there are pedestrians and cyclists. The people who are sharing the road with you, whether on foot or on bike, can present even more of an issue. You have to be extremely cautious when you’re driving around people. Here are a few things to be mindful of when you’re operating your tow truck around pedestrians or cyclists.

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Tips for safety for driving a tow truck in a work zone

Driving in work zone

If you’re driving a tow truck, it’s probably inevitable that you’re going to encounter road work at some point. Construction happens. Being in a work zone can be stressful enough, and not just because of the inevitable slow down in traffic. There are a lot of hazards that go along with road work. Here are a few tips to stay safe while driving through a work zone.

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Tire safety tips for tow trucks

Tire safety

If you drive tow trucks, it’s important to make sure your tow truck is as safe as possible. And that means checking the basics of your vehicle frequently. When you log as many miles as you do with your tow truck, it’s important to make sure each tire is safe and ready for the job at hand. There are a few things you can do to ensure the health of your tires. Here are some tips.

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5 tips for auto body shop safety

Auto body shop safety

If you have an auto body shop, it’s important to make the shop as safe as possible for your customers. There are a lot of perils around auto shops, and that’s why you’ve got to reduce risk as much as possible. (Tow trucks themselves come with risk, and auto shops are a whole different story, so if you’ve got a shop and you do incidental towing, you’ve got a lot to think about.) Anyways, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce risk at your garage. Here are a few tips.

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How do I know if my business is subject to FMCSA regulations?

FMCSA regulations

If you’re a towing business, you’re probably familiar with the FMCSA and its role in the transportation world. But towing isn’t the same as trucking. Though they both involve very large vehicles, they’re different. So, you might be wondering if your tow truck business is subject to FMCSA regulations. (We’ll also give a brief overview of what the FMCSA does.)

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What is the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)?

What does the FMCSA do?

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!

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Are tow truck drivers required to register for Clearinghouse?

Clearinghouse

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.

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Training and preventing roadside tragedies

Preventing roadside tragedies

Towing is a dangerous profession. There’s no denying it. There are so many tragedies involving tow truck drivers getting struck on the side of the road, and the towing community has mourned many of its own. Certain things can contribute to these accidents, such as distracted driving and alcohol. The investigations conducted on these incidents work to determine the reason that the accident happened in the first place, looking at the actions of the people involved and the factors that led up to it. But the key is getting the takeaways from the accidents. And that’s where training comes in. Here are a few considerations for towing businesses when it comes to keeping tow operators safe as they work on the side of the road and preventing roadside tragedies.

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