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How to Check the Date Code on Tires

Posted by Team WreckMaster on January 14, 2019

The US Department of Transportation and most manufactures recommend investing in new tires every five to six years with the maximum useful service lifetime of a tire being no more than 10 years.

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Topics: Tow truck safety, Useful towing tips, Light duty towing

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

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

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

Be safe out there Part 1: How to survey the scene

Posted by Justin Cruse on November 22, 2017

The tow life is not for the light hearted. Quality operators must be quick in their thinking, sound in their judgment, and able to predict, anticipate, and act in a timely and appropriate manner to the changes that can occur on every call. In this five-part article series, we share the WreckMaster approach to minimizing risk and increasing efficiency and effectiveness. We've taught these techniques to law enforcement agencies, fire fighters, DOT, and all four branches of the U.S. military. And now we're sharing them with you—because we want all tow operators to be safe out there.

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Topics: Tow truck safety, Useful towing tips

9 ways to get your tow business ready for another wacky winter

Posted by Justin Cruse on October 26, 2017

These aren't your grandpa's winters. Grandpa used to be able to count on some predictability, but today's weather is all about freak events like Snowmageddon, ice storms, flash floods and tornadoes. Unpredictable, extreme winter weather creates opportunities for tow truck companies—but you need to be prepared. Use our 9-point checklist to make sure you are.

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Topics: Growing your business, Tow truck safety

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