As a towing operator, one has to get ready for various types of roadside situations. Depending on the nature of the tow, for instance, towing a car versus towing a truck, will require a different set of equipment and experience. For this reason, towing operators have different towing gears and equipment with them to handle even the toughest towing jobs. These tools and gears, while seemingly insignificant, can make a difference between success or difficulty on the job. Every individual tow truck driver has varying preferences, but the following are the essentials that they can’t go without.
Hard hats will depend on the individual, as some will choose not to wear it. However, if the towing operator is required to perform recovery and hauling of heavy duty vehicles, having one on top of the head can be life-saving. There are objects that a person can’t see when working in the dark or when concentrating on a task. So wearing a protective hat can prevent possible injuries.
When towing on the roads, one is bound to get dirty. As for towing operators, they may come into contact with dirt, oil, and grease while carrying out duties. To better protect themselves, they need the gloves to shield their hands from the dirt. Also, for personal hygiene, some will choose disposable gloves. Leather gloves can give more protection from cuts and grazes when handling the vehicles.
Boots are important for protecting the lower legs; they can even save the feet from stepping on sharp objects in accident scenes. Most people will choose a steel toe for practical reasons. In heavy duty towing, the feet need to be protected. There can be many unforeseen situations that can hurt the feet while working.
Being Visible is absolutely vital when working on the roads. The reflective gear can give other drivers a visual warning to the people working on the roads. The reflective vest has standard colors, which are yellow and orange. They allow the towing operators to be more visible during the day and night time.
Communication with other fellow team members is important when working out in the field. Some will use walkie talkies, while others will use wireless headsets to communicate in real-time. As the open roads and freeways are loud, talking without aid will only be drowned by the surrounding noises. Thus it is imperative to be able to hear your members. In this way, they can better coordinate the whole towing process.
Tow trucks are the core of a towing business. A towing operator has to equip with the gears and tow trucks to carry out the works smoothly. Depending on the situation, they will dispatch different tow trucks for the jobs. A wheel lift tow truck comes with a metal yoke that can fit under the front or rear pairs of wheels of a vehicle. It tows the vehicle with its remaining two wheels on the ground. To better protect the towed vehicle or car, tow dollies can be utilized to smoothen the towing process. Wheel lift towing is excellent for towing over short distances and in small spaces.
The flatbed tow truck has a bed on the back of the tow truck. With the use of hydraulic pressure, the bed can be adjusted and slid down to the ground level. The car or vehicle can be driven up onto the bed or pulled up with a winch. Flatbed towing is excellent for towing over long distances.
An integrated tow truck comes with the wheel lift and boom towing functions. It can tow both regular cars or heavy duty vehicles.