The winter months are tough, and the conditions can be tricky for driving – especially a big, hefty vehicle like a tow truck. For any driver, it’s important to keep in mind the fact that these conditions aren’t ideal. Winter can be an adventure for tow truck operators, who have to handle the emergency calls and handle the weather at the same time. Here are a few basic reminders for heading into the coldest season of the year.
The Lynchburg Fire Department in Virginia has decided to take steps to protect first responders working on the side of the road. They have recently bought portable speed bumps, which can be brought to the scene of an accident or emergency and rolled out across the road to encourage people to slow down. They roll up to fit into a pouch that can be easily taken to accident scenes, and then the portable speed bump is simply unrolled across a lane.
Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is an essential part of keeping tow truck drivers safe on the job. Your drivers have to be equipped with the gear they need to stay safe when they’re out there working on the side of the road. PPE is so important that OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association) has guidelines for what employers have to provide to keep their employees safe. You’ve got to make sure you’re following all relevant OSHA guidelines at your business.
The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of year – partly because of the shopping. You want to give something thoughtful, but not too vague. You want to give your loved one something they can use and not stash in their closets never to be seen again. But what do you do if your giftee spends most of their day inside the cabin of a tow truck? If you’re at a loss of what to get the tow truck driver in your life, here are some holiday gift ideas that they’re sure to love.
There’s no arguing about the fact that safety is crucial in the tow truck industry. Tow truck drivers face a lot of risks when it comes to their jobs – working on the side of the road with cars flying by is dangerous and scary. Of course, many of the dangers of towing aren’t in the control of you or your drivers – you can’t control the actions of other people on the road, the weather, and so on, but you can make safety a fundamental part of your business by creating a culture of safety.
What do we mean by a culture of safety? We mean that safety is something that defines your business. It’s a fundamental part of what the business is. How do you go about creating a culture of safety? We’ve got seven tips for you.
Towing is not exactly the safest job out there. The side of the road is an unpredictable and dangerous workplace. And with that danger comes injury. There are many common towing injuries, including slips and trips, back pain, hand wounds, falls, foot injuries, eye injuries, and roadside strikes. The question is, how can you prevent towing-related, on-the-job injuries? We’ll break down some tips to prevent common injuries.
Towing is not an easy industry to be in. You’ve got to have a lot of determination, a high work ethic, a positive attitude, and a spirit of being helpful. If you’re running a towing operation, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Between maintaining your vehicles, managing your drivers, and running the business side of things, the days are packed. But we’ve got a few best practices to help you with managing your towing business smoothly and efficiently.
Whether you’re a fan of warm weather or you prefer to stay inside where it’s air-conditioned, you can’t deny that summer is upon us. Sure, the official start of summer isn’t until June, but the temperature is soaring and the sun is blazing. And for tow truck drivers, the change in season means a new set of risks to look out for – roadwork, traffic, weather, sunlight, and heat, to name a few. So, how can a tow truck driver prepare for the new hazards and risks?
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.
No one wants to be in the terrifying situation where the brakes on their tow truck fail. You have a lot of truck to think about, and it’s scary to think what would happen if all that power ran away with you – or ran away from you. Tow trucks and wreckers are big and heavy, which means that it takes a lot of brakes bring them to a halt. If your brakes are broken there’s nothing to get your truck to stop. So that’s why it’s generally a good idea to take care of the brakes on your tow trucks. We’ll give you some tips to keep your brakes in peak condition so that you can avoid accidents (and save money on your tow truck insurance.)