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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6 tips to prevent distracted driving at your tow truck business

Distracted driving

Distracted driving is something that we hear about a lot. According to an American Towman article, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) stated that there were 3,166 deaths in car crashes involving distracted driving in 2017. That’s a chilling statistic. But as someone with a tow truck business, how can you encourage your drivers not to drive distracted? Here are a few tips.

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8 tips for transporting hazardous materials

Hazardous materials

If you work with disabled vehicles, chances are that you could come across a job involving hazardous materials. That doesn’t just mean dealing with radioactive waste, acid, or other largely dangerous substances; it could just pertain to slightly harmful pollutants. So, it’s important for those who do recovery to understand the specific risks, steps, and tools necessary to properly respond to each type of danger. Here are 8 tips for tow truck operators transporting or handling hazardous materials.

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What is the FMCSA Clearinghouse?

FMCSA Clearinghouse

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.

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Tips for tow truck drivers to stay healthy on the road

Stay healthy as a tow truck driver

Being a tow truck driver means that you’re constantly on the move, whether it’s to the next job or during a client’s roadside repair. So, there may not be a lot of time to make healthy meals or exercise every day. However, there are tons of health issues that can arise from driving and handling heavy equipment without the proper body maintenance. The good news is that even if you don’t have a lot of time, there are plenty of ways to fit in healthy habits to a busy schedule. So, here are 10 quick and easy tips for tow truck operators to stay healthy on the job.

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8 things to know about preventive maintenance for your towing business

Preventive maintenance for your towing business

If you have a towing business, it’s important to take care of your trucks. They’re kind of a vital part of your business, after all. One way to take care of your tow trucks is to have preventive maintenance, which means you’re catching problems before they become major problems. Anyways, since preventive maintenance is so important, we’ll go over a few things you should know about it.

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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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2 tools to help if you need towing instructions

Do you need towing instructions?

Towing can be a lot of problem-solving. Sometimes figuring out how to tow a certain car (or get a certain car out of an impossible, physics-defying situation) can be difficult. So, what’s a tow truck driver to do when confronted with a car that they’re not sure how to tow? Turn to the wealth of knowledge on smartphones, of course, to help the problem-solving process along. We’ve got three places you can look if you need towing instructions for a car that you’ve never encountered before.

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7 tips to stay safe while towing on the side of the road

It's important to stay safe while towing.

There are many hazards that come along with towing cars, and the news stories about tow trucks are often populated with tragic articles about tow truck drivers getting struck on the side of the road. Some are injured, some have near-misses, and others lose their lives. The side of the road is a dangerous place, especially if you’re trying to load a car on the back of a tow truck. To help you stay safe on the job, we’ve put together some safety basics about working on the side of the road.

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