How to avoid rear-end collisions (and save money on tow truck insurance)

Rear-end collisions can affect tow truck insurance rates.

When you drive a tow truck, rear-ending the car in front of you can often be more than just a fender-bender. Tow trucks are heavy, bulky, vehicles so they tend to cause more damage than your average passenger car. And lately, the costs of litigation for rear-end collisions has skyrocketed.

But it’s not only litigation that can cost your business big time.

What about your tow truck insurance rates?

We’ll explain why rear-end collisions are such a problem, the effect they have on the cost of tow truck insurance, and how to avoid rear-end collisions.

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Tow truck best practices for sharing the road

Tow trucks need to be especially careful on the road.

Driving a tow truck isn’t an easy job. You have to be alert and understand the importance of driving defensively. You’re not out there on the road on your own – there are other drivers who share the roadways with you. And when you’re driving a big tow truck, probably hauling a car, you need to take steps to be extra safe and avoid accidents. Your wrecker or tow truck doesn’t drive the same as a normal passenger car, so you need to be sure to be courteous and safe by keeping some truck-driving best practices in mind. Here are 6 tips for driving a tow truck.

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Tips for driving a tow truck safely in winter weather and snow

Driving in winter weather can be dangerous and hazardous.

Although snow-capped trees and a blanket of fresh powder on the ground can be very striking and beautiful, winter presents some very real driving hazards for tow truck drivers. Roads can get very slushy, icy, and otherwise dangerous in winter weather. According to an American Towman article, 540,000 accidents and 140,000 injuries can be attributed to winter weather each year. To help you stay safe on the road, avoid accidents, and keep your tow truck insurance rates down, we have some tips for how to drive in snow and winter weather.

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Following distance: Why personal space is important when you’re driving a tow truck

Rear-end collisions can affect tow truck insurance rates.

Things happen fast on the road. The flow of traffic can change with a second’s notice. Since you’re driving a tow truck, you need as much notice as possible to be able to adjust to sudden changes on the road, like someone having to hit the brakes hard. To give yourself time to react and slow your tow truck or wrecker, you need to have lots of following distance between your tow truck and the car in front of you. Personal space is a good thing.

Even if you drive carefully and defensively, if you’re tailgating you might not have a way to prevent hitting the car in front of you if they have to slow down suddenly. Leaving plenty of following distance in front of the tow truck is a simple way to stop a rear-end accident from happening. And preventing accidents means saving money on your tow truck insurance rates!

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