Heavy Duty Towing and Recovery Safety: What Other Drivers Should Know

by | Nov 11, 2014 | Transport & Logistics

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Towing services are available in almost any town in the country, but Heavy duty towing is entirely different case. These specialized services require unique equipment and specially trained professionals to operate the equipment effectively.

Towing companies are regulated by numerous laws and restrictions. Because their calls will typically put them in uncertain and unsafe working conditions, every driver is trained to follow appropriate safety precautions which help to keep them, and everyone else on the road safe.

The calls a heavy duty service will receive for towing are typically for either a tow of a disabled truck or trailer or for a recovery call where a large truck has been involved in an accident. In both instances these calls are often a stressful situation because the driver will know that the faster they are able to accomplish their tasks, the sooner traffic will be able to resume at its normal pace.

Because of the difficulty and danger, speed is not always possible. If you encounter an incident where Heavy duty towing or recovery is in process, remember the following safety precautions.

  • Slow down and pay attention. If an accident has occurred there is likely to be debris scattered around. It is not uncommon for other vehicles to become damaged at the scene of a previous accident.
  • Even if it is only a towing call and not a recovery, tow truck drivers are often required to be on the roadway to hook up to the disabled vehicle. They could be anywhere beside, in front or even under a vehicle.
  • Drivers of large trucks have limited visibility. When they are towing another large truck behind them, it is reduced even more. Never assume they can see you.
  • Never pull out quickly or cut in front of a tow truck, particularly if it is loaded. Large trucks moving at 60 MPH require at least 300 feet to stop, more if they are weighted down with a vehicle to tow.

All drivers need to share the road, but everyone needs to be aware of the risks of not moving over or acting cautiously in certain circumstances. No matter how well-trained a driver is, they are still only capable of doing what their vehicle will allow. Visit Spankyswrecker.com for more details.

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