It’s November, and you know what that means. It means winter is well on its way. That means another season of snowy, icy weather and all of the hazards and dangers that poses for both motorists and the tow truck drivers and other recovery professionals who inevitably get called in to help when they get stuck or stranded up one of the many treacherous mountain roads here in Colorado.
It’s certainly not breaking news that towing is a dangerous job. But, it undoubtedly becomes even more dangerous when winter rolls around. Winter… Continue reading
Automobiles have certainly made modern living much easier and more convenient, but the fact is that they are still large pieces of machinery and there are a lot of things that can go wrong on (and off) the road which may leave you up the infamous creek.
In order to make sure that you are ready for (almost) any eventuality when driving, it’s a good idea to have a few simple tools and items in your vehicle to enable you to quickly escape or find help when you get into a sticky situation like a nasty… Continue reading
A motorist on the border of Washington and Oregon state has become the victim of the salty, grey ocean in towing news this morning. The man who was identified as 27-year-old William Harris, told authorities that he was looking for mushrooms with a friend when he tried to move his truck further up along the beach and then promptly fell asleep at the wheel.
He was awoken by waves lapping at his feet and then called authorities for help. Initially, Harris reported a drowning victim to authorities who sent police cars and other emergency services. But, when they realized that… Continue reading
The popular roadside assistance and auto insurance provider, AAA, will be providing its ‘Tipsy Tow’ service in 9 different states in time for Halloween. Aware of the fact that this popular American holiday usually includes copious amounts of alcohol, the insurance company has chosen to provide a way for those who aren’t able to drive to get a tow service to get their vehicles (and themselves) home.
Various local AAA affiliates have been providing this tow service for many years and it is often available for major US holidays, including Labor Day, New Year’s Eve, Independence Day and Halloween. AAA… Continue reading
It seems that the vast majority of the complaints about towing services these days come from a practice of actively monitoring lots for unauthorized vehicles. This practice, sometimes called ‘roam towing’ and more critically termed ‘predatory towing’, has angered many car owners and also some officials who have spoken about, and occasionally followed through by changing the laws.
But, because the vast majority of these tows are not illegal, the debate is really about whether they are too aggressive and thus create enough negative backlash for a towing business to reconsider their policy towards doing them. Although these ‘roam tows’… Continue reading
Many towing services operate their own impound in addition to providing vehicle recovery and roadside assistance services. This is a common sense approach because many of the vehicles that are recovered and towed for being illegally parked, or salvaged from accidents must be impounded or stored at a secure location. But, now some are questioning whether some of these vehicle recoveries should be impounded in a more secure location, often an indoor facility.
There are a few towing services that offer indoor storage for vehicles, but certainly not every tow service does have this capability. Building and maintaining an indoor… Continue reading
In case you haven’t noticed, vehicle recovery (more often called ‘repo’) can be a dangerous and adrenaline-filled business. There’s just something about repossessing someone’s personal property that seems to get their blood a-boilin’. Today’s towing news is another installement in that long running series on the dangers of vehicle repo-ing. It comes to us from Statesville, NC, originally reported by the Statesville Record & Landmark.
The news concerns a police officer who had also previously run for City Council in the town of Statesville and a tow truck driver who was trying to repo a vehicle.
J.D. Williams ended up… Continue reading
File this one under curious. It seems that the Mayor of Toronto, Ontario (the Canadian capital to our north) has come under fire for writing a personal ‘character reference’ letter in an effort to help reinstate a tow operator who lost his license for violating multiple towing laws in addition to getting speeding ticket which was escalated to a ‘stunt driving’ charge because he was traveling nearly double the speed limit (going 115 k/hr in a 60 k/hr zone).
For us mile per hour oriented folks, that is the equivalent of going over 70 mph in a 35 mph area.… Continue reading
These days, it has become somewhat fashionable to rag on the government. It’s very common to hear complaints that they aren’t doing their job well and to question the resources that lawmakers (and law enforcement) put into certain areas, as opposed to others.
But, is there some truth to many of these criticisms? It turns out that there very well may be. And some are asserting that, especially with a loss of revenue in many areas, law enforcement is focusing on over-enforcing and overcharging those who commit minor crimes, rather than expend the extra resources going after the ‘big fish’… Continue reading
As a tow truck driver, you see all kinds of crazy things in your daily work. But, not every tow truck driver gets the chance to become a policeman for a day. Just the other day in northern Pennsylvania, however, tow truck driver for a local tow service got just that opportunity.
Tow operator Bob Kadluboski has been working this job for decades and just the other day he ended up in a situation where he was forced to take action in order to stop a criminal act. Kadluboski ended up stopping a robber at gunpoint, after tracking him down… Continue reading