How’s Your Winter Been So Far

in Helpful Tips/Tow Safety

In some parts of the country Winter just couldn’t wait to get started. More than four feet of snow fell in some parts, here in Maryland we’ve had a few dustings, but not much.

A bad winter usually means good business for towing companies because motorists ignore weather advisories and warnings, and end up stranded.

What can you do to make sure you and your tow trucks are ready for these bad storms?

Drive defensively.

  • Slow down in bad weather.
  • Keep your distance from other vehicles.
  • Think 30 feet ahead. Anticipate problems.
  • Watch for black ice. Little are no water spatter means there’s ice on the road.
  • Watch for snowplows which kick up a ton of snow significantly reducing visibility.
  • Clear snow off tow truck roof to keep vehicle visible to other drivers.
  • Always wear a seatbelt.

Prepare your tow truck.

  • Make sure all lights are working.
  • Check battery, antifreeze, and hydraulic fluids.
  • Inspect brakes and brake pads
  • Change engine oil to one for cold climates.
  • Use a winter blend of diesel and keep fuel tank full.
  • Examine tires and snow chains for wear and tear.
  • Eyeball the wire rope for dirt damage and wear.

Finally, keep a snowbrush and ice scraper in your truck. Pack emergency supplies: first aid kit, flashlight, water, snacks – even a change of clothes. Keep a clean blanket or two in the truck, not just for you, but for your customers as well. They’ll thank you for it, and they tell their friends about the great service!