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Emergency Towing: Towers At The Scene Of An Accident

Not all jobs are created equal, when it comes to being a tow truck driver. Some calls will be so easy and routine that you could probably do them with your eyes closed (disclaimer: do not drive or tow anything with your eyes closed!) Other jobs will demand more from you as a tow operator, whether that means more patience, more effort or most likely both. Then there will be calls that are emergencies; most often associated with injury car accidents. These are likely to be some of the most demanding jobs that you encounter as a tow truck driver.… Continue reading

Why Uniform Enforcement Of Traffic Laws Is Important

The law is the law. That means that all laws should be enforced just as consistently as any other. Whether a law is a misdemeanor or a felony, it should still be enforced by police in the manner consistent with the type of the violation. This is especially important for traffic laws because they are often times enforced selectively and inconsistently, which leads some to the conclusion that they don’t need to be obeyed all of the time. This is where trouble can happen.

Towing laws provide a good example. They are often times enforced inconsistently and this leads to… Continue reading

Safety Tips For RV Trailer Towing

Towing an RV trailer like a ‘fifth-wheel’ can be intimidating at first. These kinds of trailers aren’t attached to your truck the same way that a simple ball towing hitch allows you to attach a smaller trailer or towed vehicle. This means that towing with them requires slightly different skills. But, don’t worry. With a little help, you’ll be towing that trailer like a pro in no time. Here are some things that you’ll want to be aware of in order to maintain safe and reliable towing.

  • Before you tow anything, especially a fifth-wheel RV or trailer you will want… Continue reading

AAA Launches New Bicycle Road Side Assistance Program

It looks like AAA is expanding its service once again in its quest to become the best road side assistance service in the US (some would say it is already there). Last time the news we brought you was the notice that AAA would be offering a few vehicles equipped with mobile charging systems that could assist EVs (electric vehicles) that had run out of juice and become stranded. Now, the news is the popular auto insurance company is expanding its vehicle recovery and assistance program to cover bicycles as well as automobiles.

The pilot program which will initially be… Continue reading

Things to Consider When Venturing Out into Remote Areas

poppies and mountain i40 biltmore exitIt’s summer time and whether you are planning a day trip in the mountains or a week long camping trip, there are several things that you should keep in mind and pay close attention to.

You’ve loaded up the truck and are ready to go explore for the day. Make sure to have plenty of water and snacks, a flash light, flares and extra clothes, there is no such thing as being overly prepared. When you are heading into the mountains or any remote location pay close attention to your surroundings, keeping any distinguishing landmarks or signs as reference points.… Continue reading

Protecting Yourself With Night Time Visibility

Keeping yourself visible at night when providing road side assistance or towing a vehicle on the side of a highway is one of the most crucial ways to protect yourself while operating a tow truck. So many of the injuries and fatalities that have befallen towers have come from being hit by a passing car while providing tow service on the road side. There are a number of ways to keep yourself visible and safe and they should be utilized in order to make sure that you can do your job well and come home safe and sound to your… Continue reading

The University of Texas To Use Wheel Locks Instead Of Towing Vehicles

The University of Texas in Austin, one of the largest universities in the country, has announced that it will no longer tow vehicles that are parked illegally or in violation of school policy. Instead, the college has decided to utilize wheel locks and boots to immobilize vehicles and to save money rather than paying for what they describe as rising tow service costs. The university decision was also predicated on concerns over the stress that not knowing where a vehicle was located could cost.

According to the University of Texas, the decision is expected to save them a significant amount… Continue reading

Tow It Yourself: Tips For Driving When Hitched Up

Some people have a towing hitch put on their vehicle for recreation. They need to be able to transport their boat or jet skis, perhaps they have a little pop up camper that they like to bring along when they explore the wilderness or take some time off for a little trip up into the mountains. Others may be towing because it’s required for work. You need to be able to transport materials or tools. Maybe you are even transporting heavy machinery to a job site. Regardless of why you tow it yourself, there are some tips that everyone can… Continue reading

San Antonio Tow Truck Operator Severely Injured

LAPDAt around 2:30 am Saturday morning, tow truck operator Michael Parten was dispatched to assist a police officer that was currently making a DWI arrest near Loop 410 and Perrin Beitel in San Antonio, Texas.

While Parten was assisting the officer, police say a drunk driver slammed into the rear end of the patrol car causing the tow truck operator to be pinned between the vehicle and the wall. Parten was then transported to a local hospital by EMS in serious condition.

Currently, the tow truck operator is still in serious condition, suffering a severely damaged leg, lacerations on his… Continue reading

More on the 2013 Colorado Tow Show

The Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy Cadets

The Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy Cadets thanking the TRPC for their support at the picnic.

On Friday evening, the Repossessor’s Association sponsored a picnic dinner for vendors,  TRPC members and  the Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy. The TRPC is a huge supporter of the Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy, making it possible for the young men and women that are chosen to attend the program.

In order to be considered for the program all applicants must have a grade point average of at least 2.5, a learner’s permit, two letters of recommendation and an essay explaining why… Continue reading