The Biggest Risks You Face As A Tow Truck Driver

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Being a tow truck driver doesn’t come easy. And in fact, it can actually be rather hazardous.

However, there are things you can do to keep both yourself and the travelling public safe, when you are at the wheel in the line of duty.

DRIVING A FULL LOAD THROUGH IN THICK TRAFFIC

A loaded truck and rush hour do not make great bedfellows. We bet you anything that you’ve done this at least half a dozen times this week, though.

Perhaps it should not be surprising to learn that this is one of the most dangerous manoeuvres you will undertake, during your professional life.

Pulling a load is a very different enterprise to driving the truck sans load.

Add heavy traffic to that mix and you have a potential recipe for disaster.

When towing a load through a gridlock or other dense traffic, you need to take immense care. You also need to be on the lookout for other people, who don’t realize what a hazard you might present.

Naturally, the biggest problem is that you are not in a position to be able to manoeuvre a great deal. This makes it harder for you to get out of the way of any dangers that may present themselves.

You also may be unaware of the vast difference between the various types of tow truck, when they are pulling a load. Then there is also the additional issue of the type of vehicle you are pulling.

Not surprisingly, the techniques needed to pull a standard sized automobile are a little different to those needed to pull say, a tractor.

The only way to combat this problem is to remain vigilante at all times.

And of course, if you ever meet another full tow truck on the roads, to give them the space and due respect that they need to do their job safely!

COLLISIONS WITH ONCOMING TRAFFIC AT THE ROADSIDE

When you are working with a customer, at the roadside, you are always going to be vulnerable. For that reason, you should always employ the utmost caution and to try and make yourself – and the client you are working with – as visible as possible.

This goes double for when you are called out in the night. Make sure all your lights are on and you have made as much effort as possible to be seen. This should extend to your clothing, which should be as reflective as it can be.

As a driver, whenever you see a tow truck at a roadside, just allow for the fact that there is probably going to be a person stood close by it.

TIREDNESS

Tiredness is a killer. Whether you are in a small car, or driving a bus.

As you can imagine, being tired at the wheel of a tow truck – even an empty one – is a deadly situation.

Never drive tired. Take disco naps and drink coffee whenever you feel fatigue creep up on you.

The effects of your tiredness could be devastating for all around you.

It is better to take stop and take a break, even if this puts you slightly behind schedule, than risk falling asleep at the wheel.