Roadside Safety for Tow Truck Operators

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Roadside safety is essential because it impacts the tow truck operator, the customer, and the other cars on the road. It can be quite hectic assisting someone with a broken-down vehicle on the side of the road. Especially since the majority of the time, you have other cars flying by you. As you can imagine, tow truck operators have to put themselves in risky situations all the time.

Unfortunately, a majority of passing vehicles ignore Move Over Laws; therefore, putting the life of the tow truck operator and their customer at risk. Therefore, if you tow vehicles for a living, you need to be aware of some roadside safety tips.

In this article, we are discussing these tips in great detail, let’s begin.

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The Main Contributors in Tow Truck Accidents and How to Avoid Them

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Seeing a tow truck when you’ve been in an accident or when you’re stranded on the side of the road can be a big relief. However, accidents involving tow trucks can be a serious problem. This is due to the overall weight of the vehicle. Not to mention most times they’re hauling another vehicle on top of it.

Since tow trucks are such large vehicles, they need more time to come to a stop or change their speed. Also, these vehicles require more space to maneuver and have bigger blind spots. All of these things make operating a tow truck much more difficult. As a result, this can increase the chances of a tow truck getting into an accident. 

Therefore, it’s essential to understand the factors that contribute to tow truck accidents and how to prevent them. Let’s begin.

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Tow Truck Drivers Ask Other Drivers to Slow Down

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According to the CDC, tow truck drivers are at a higher risk of losing their lives than other drivers. That is the reason most states such as Washington and Oregon require drivers to lower the speed when passing a tow truck. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t slow down even after the warning of a $140 ticket.

The drivers are usually in hurry and drive without paying attention to the road. Due to this, tow truck drivers have to deal with the fear of injury and death on a regular basis.

Let’s plunge into the discussion to understand why paying attention to the plea of tow truck operators and slowing down on the road is crucial.

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Should tow truck drivers be allowed to use flashing blue lights on their trucks?

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Could the color of the flashing lights on a tow truck save someone’s life?

Does color make a difference to you? This is a fascinating question to think about. Imagine driving and seeing flashing blue lights ahead. What’s your first reaction? Now, imagine the same scene and this time seeing orange lights. What’s your first reaction this time?

We ran this test across a few people. The results were consistent. The people that saw a blue flashing light said they were on alert.

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