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!
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.
A lot of businesses have tow trucks even though they don’t do towing for hire. For example, think about an auto shop that has a tow truck or two. They’re not doing towing as their main source of income – they have the shop. This is what could be called incidental towing. This is how you can approach getting insurance if your business does incidental towing.
If you have a towing business, it’s important that all your trucks are functioning and working properly. Your tow trucks are a major part of the business, after all. But of course, tow trucks and towing equipment aren’t indestructible. Things break and need to be replaced. And if something breaks on you, that means you or a client could be hurt. This is why it’s so important to have a preventive maintenance program. And that’s all fine and good, but how do you take care of issues when your drivers find them without completely throwing your business into chaos? Well, it’s a lot of preparation, of course. Here are a few tips for taking care of repairs without upending your business completely.
Your employees are one of your business’s biggest assets. They’re essential. But as the leader of your towing business, it’s important that you set everyone up for success. That means providing them with the tools and knowledge they need to do their jobs and do them well. But how does one make sure they’re effectively training their employees? Here are a few tips for employee training.
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.
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.
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.
Towing is a tough industry to be in…and it’s a largely male-dominated industry. There aren’t a ton of women in the towing world. If you want to recruit more women to work at your tow truck business, you have to consider your recruiting techniques so that you can reach more women and welcome them to your tow truck business. Here are a few tips for you as a leader to recruit more women to your towing business.
Having a towing business is hard work. It’s definitely not easy, and it’s really important to help yourself out by doing everything you can to keep yourself in business. Think of it as doing yourself a favor – giving yourself your best chance. There are a few things to keep in mind so you can keep your tow truck business on its feet.