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5 PPE Accessories you should have before you even leave your vehicle

Posted by Team WreckMaster on December 1, 2018

When performing any sort of service, safety is of the utmost importance. Working in a dangerous location such as a highway or busy roadway can often become even more unsafe due to weather conditions or lack of assistance from first responders such as police or firefighters. And while most states and provinces have some sort of Slow Down, Move Over law in place, drivers often don’t provide the space required for operators to conduct recoveries in as safe of a setting as possible.

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Topics: Tow truck safety, Useful towing tips

Be safe out there Part 5: What about Murphy's Law?

Posted by Justin Cruse on July 18, 2018

It's show time. Before you give the green light on your recovery, transport, tow, repositioning or relocation, remember that once things are in motion, it's wise to expect the unexpected. Known the world over as Murphy's Law, a tow operator who has followed the previous four steps of the Wreckmaster Discipline is as prepared as possible. Here are our last pieces of advice.

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Topics: Tow truck safety, Useful towing tips, Inside Wreckmaster

How to control the load when uprighting a tractor-trailer

Posted by Justin Cruse on July 18, 2018

Let's say a tractor trailer has flipped on its side on the shoulder of a busy interstate. The crowd is gathering around and all eyes are on you and your crew. Are you in control? I don't mean just psychologically. I mean, are you in control of the entire process, from initial lift to the tractor-trailer being set (gently) on the ground? If you can't say with absolute confidence, "Yes, Justin, I'm in control," this post is for you.

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Topics: Tow truck safety, Useful towing tips

How your team is costing your tow business money

Posted by David Bouvia on June 11, 2018

The tow operator and dispatcher have a unique relationship. Whether that relationship is based on mutual understanding and respect or on assumptions and misinformation will determine the dynamics of your team, the number of calls you can respond to, the satisfaction of your customers, your reputation among incident commanders and, ultimately, your business success. Here’s how you can create the strongest relationship possible.

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Topics: Growing your business

Be safe out there Part 4: Checklists for avoiding problems

Posted by Justin Cruse on June 11, 2018

Here we are, at part four of Wreckmaster's five-step protocol for staying safe and working efficiently: checking the "no"s. In this article, we quickly review the steps to this point, then offer two checklists to help identify anything that could compromise the tow or recovery. 

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Topics: Tow truck safety, Useful towing tips

Be safe out there Part 3: How to talk like you know what you're doing

Posted by Justin Cruse on March 23, 2018

In part three of this article series, we review Wreckmaster's five-step protocol for staying safe and working efficiently, then focus in on step three: explaining to those at the scene what you're doing. As a tow operator, you can use these communication tips to speak to incident commanders and customers with confidence.

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Topics: Tow truck safety, Useful towing tips

What's with the new logo? 5 of your questions answered

Posted by Justin Cruse on March 23, 2018

WreckMaster has looked and sounded the same for more than 25 years, so it’s no wonder that when I revealed our new logo and website to our instructors, there was some grumbling. Change is hard, but “because we’ve always done it that way” has never been a good reason to do something. If it was, my dad and uncle wouldn’t have started WreckMaster in 1991! Here’s why I'm excited about WreckMaster’s new look, and why I think it will help to change the way the world looks at the towing industry.

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Topics: Inside Wreckmaster

Be safe out there Part 2: How to calculate resistance for towing and recovery

Posted by Justin Cruse on January 29, 2018

In part two of this five-part article series, we recap WreckMaster's approach to increasing safety and efficiency in the towing and recovery industry, then focus in on step two: calculating resistance. We teach you about the four types of resistance, then show you how to calculate each so you can figure out the total resistance required to recover a casualty. Let's get started.

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Topics: Tow truck safety, Useful towing tips

How to buy and maintain wire rope for your tow truck

Posted by Justin Cruse on January 29, 2018

Wire rope is the lifeline of your tow truck. We’ll help you understand the terminology, construction and ratings of wire rope. We’ll also give you advice on what type of rope to buy, how to attach it to a hook without losing towing capacity, how to inspect and maintain it, how to prevent damage, and how to tell when it’s time to replace it. We’ll also give the pros and cons of synthetic versus wire rope.

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Topics: Tow truck safety, Useful towing tips

9 gifts on every tow operator's wish list

Posted by Justin Cruse on December 22, 2017

There's always a thing or two you may need—or just want—even after the holidays are over. Whether you're picking them up for yourself or (subtly) sharing them with a loved one as a reminder, we have nine items every tow operator will definitely appreciate!

 

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