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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: Useful towing tips, Tow truck safety

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: Useful towing tips, Tow truck safety

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: Useful towing tips, Tow truck safety

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: Useful towing tips, Tow truck safety

How to jump start, recover and tow a hybrid vehicle

Posted by David Bouvia on August 10, 2017

As our appetite for fossil fuels continues to increase, the automobile industry has recognized the need for alternative fuels. Let's explore how to tow hybrid vehicles, the most popular type of vehicle in North America that uses an alternative fuel.

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Topics: Useful towing tips

SLOW DOWN... MOVE OVER.... THIS IS OUR WORKPLACE!

Posted by Justin Cruse on July 28, 2017
Over the past few years the Ontario towing market has undergone dramatic changes in the operational landscape which the Government introduced under the umbrella of Bill 15. 

 

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Topics: Useful towing tips

How to calculate your tow truck's towing capacity: One simple formula

Posted by Justin Cruse on July 6, 2017

We're going to teach you how to find out the towing capacity of your tow truck. (Hint: It's a formula. But don't worry. We've put it all into 7 easy steps.)

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Topics: Useful towing tips

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