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Backing Safely

Jun 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When backing up a tow truck, loaded or empty, using a spotter when possible to assist you is a real asset. If a spotter isn’t available, employ the acronym GOAL, Get Out And Look. Get out of your truck and walk around the vehicle to […]



Tow Dolly Safety

May 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Tow Tip

When using tow dollies, Wear proper safety gear including work gloves and sturdy footwear. Safety toe boots or shoes are recommended. When lifting dollies, use care to avoid back strain — especially when lifting older, heavier dollies. To prevent the casualty vehicle from rolling, chock […]



Warning Device Placement

Apr 18th, 2017 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Section 392.22 of the FMCSRs states that when a truck is stopped (i.e., broken down) on the roadway or shoulder of a highway, the driver must immediately activate his or her truck’s hazard warning flashers and has ten minutes to set out emergency warning devices. […]



Jump-Start in a Safe Work Area

Nov 14th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Safe jump-starting starts with a safe work area. If the disabled vehicle is in the roadway or on the shoulder of a busy highway it may be safer to relocate the vehicle to a nearby parking lot or something similar. If the situation dictates you […]



Get Ready for Winter Driving

Oct 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

New tires might seem like an expensive luxury but the increased safety of good traction when starting, stopping and turning can be priceless. Siping (extremely small grooves in the tread that provide extra traction), winter rubber compounds and high-traction tread designs can make a remarkable […]



Pool Noodles for Damage-Free Towing

Aug 19th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Damage Free Towing Tip: Split a pool noodle down the middle and slip it over the wire rope to cushion against friction with the vehicle. “This is a $2 trick,” explains David Bouvia, senior lead instructor at WreckMaster Inc. See more tips in the feature […]



Troubleshooting Push Bumpers

May 6th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Push bumpers made specifically for tow trucks are made strongly of thick metal, are much sturdier than other types of bumpers, and almost never develop a problem. Where problems do occur, they tend to be in the joint where the installer mounted the push bumper […]



When Backing a Tow Truck with a Vehicle in Tow

Mar 16th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Make small corrections while backing. If you begin to drift off course, correct by turning the steering wheel in the direction of the drift. If this doesn’t work, stop, pull forward and get lined up again or you can easily force the vehicle into a […]



Battery Charging

Feb 5th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Older, heavy-duty, roll-around battery chargers are only suitable for use with flooded lead-acid batteries, never on valve-regulated, lead-acid batteries. If you do not have one of the newer “smart” chargers, consider purchasing one. Many of these chargers can sense the type of battery as well […]



Damage to Your Tow Truck and Filing an Insurance Claim?

Jan 11th, 2016 | By | Category: Tow Tip

“To be prepared to handle an insurance claim involving damage to your commercial truck, first consult your policy. Read it and ask your agent about anything you don’t understand. Have the agent put his or her answers in writing. By knowing what to expect you’re […]