It’s that time of year again for tow trucks to break out their winter weather gear. The roads are getting a little icier, a little dicier, and a lot more accident prone. So, it’s important when you’re coming to the rescue of a stranded or crashed vehicle that your tow truck is prepared for the special kinds of hazards you can face in winter weather. Check out our winter tow truck gear guide to keep your tow trucks and drivers safe in colder weather.
It’s no secret that towing isn’t exactly the easiest industry to get into. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to launch a successful tow truck business and keep it growing and thriving – there’s a lot that goes into running a successful towing business. We caught up with two towing veterans to ask for their advice on running a towing business – Bob Lantis of First Call Towing (based in Alabama) and Charles Hopper of Hoppers Tow and Recovery, LLC (based in Mississippi.) Check out what they had to say about running a towing business.
Maybe you’ve been putting it off, but you’re finally going to bite the bullet and get tow truck insurance quotes. Tow truck insurance rates depend on a lot of different factors, so when you’re on the phone with an agent they’re probably going to have a few questions for you. The point of those questions is to help you get the most accurate quote possible. To give you a bit of a heads-up about what to expect when you get a tow truck insurance quote, here are some of the questions the agent might ask.
In order for your towing business to succeed, you need some clients. And you can get clients by marketing your tow truck business. Marketing might seem a little intimidating, but a place to start is by building a brand for your tow truck business. What’s a brand, exactly? It’s how you set your business apart from your competition. It’s a promise that your business makes that kind of gives it a personality. We’ve got ten tips for creating a brand for your towing business.
When you’re running a tow truck business, you have a lot on your mind. You have to manage your drivers, keep track of your accounting, fill out paperwork, and, of course, deal with the tow truck insurance. One coverage you might have questions about is garage liability insurance. First of all, what is garage liability insurance? And why would you need garage liability insurance if you don’t have a garage? We’re going to explain what garage liability is, why you might want to consider it, and how you can get quotes for garage liability insurance.
A very important week is coming right up. September 9th-15th is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, which is a time to celebrate all professional truck drivers and tow truck operators and the hard work they do every day. Truck driving is not for the faint of heart – it’s a lot of hard work and it’s not easy. Truckers are a vital part of the American economy, which relies on moving goods all over the country. This is a time to say “thanks” to the over 3 million professional truckers across the United States.
You’ve made up your mind – you want to start a tow truck business. You’re going to yourself out there and create your very own business. Congratulations! There’s definitely freedom in being your own boss, and knowing that you built something is very satisfying. Now, towing is not for the faint-of-heart. It’s hard work, and the work is rain-or-shine, day or night. But you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve done an honest day’s worked and really helped people. So, all this being said – you’re going to create your own business. We’ve got some tips on how to start a tow truck business.
As a tow truck business, it’s important that you have a stellar team. You need people who are hard-working, good-natured, and committed to getting the job done safely. Towing is not an easy job, and when you’ve got a great team, it can be a real wrench if people start leaving your business. Running a successful towing business is hard work, and you depend on your drivers. How are you supposed to replace the great tow-people that no longer work for you? Well, that might not be the question to ask yourself. Maybe a different approach is to ask how to retain your best tow truck drivers. We’ve got a few tips to help you keep your top talent.
There’s a lot to consider when you get tow truck insurance, and it can get a little overwhelming. When you’re getting insurance in a high-risk industry like towing, it’s crucial that you get the right coverage to protect your business, your drivers, and your trucks. Check out the following common tow truck insurance mistakes so you know what to look out for when you’re buying tow truck insurance.
Working on the side of the road as a tow truck operator can be dangerous and, at times, frightening. Many of the risks you and your drivers face aren’t under your direct control – for example, you can’t stop someone else from texting behind the wheel, and you can’t make it stop raining. But you can do your best to create a culture of safety at your business in an effort to keep your drivers out of harm’s way.
What’s a culture of safety, you may ask?
It means that safety is a fundamental part of what your business is. Safety is so deeply ingrained in your tow truck business that it influences how your employees act and go about their jobs.
So, how can you create a culture of safety?