Towing operators face many challenges as well as dangers every day when they perform their duties. To protect themselves, it is always advisable to have certain safety procedures in place during their works. Following, we shall discuss some of them:
Towing at Roadsides
When the towing operator is approaching the broken-down vehicle, they should slow down and be predictable in movement so that the other drivers and motorists around can see what is coming. Activate the emergency or hazard lights so that the surround drivers will be warned of the activities ahead.
When stopping over in front of the broken-down vehicle, towing operators should check the mirrors and look behind before leaving the trucks. They should not turn their backs on the traffic approaching. Go around the front of the broken-down vehicle and walk along the passenger side of the broken-down vehicle.
Attempt the hooking of the vehicles from the passenger side as often as possible, and work only on the traffic side when there is absolute necessity. Always looking out and listen to the oncoming traffic. A tip to listening the traffic to is to listen for the rumble strips, as most highways will have them on hard shoulder. Once heard, the towing operators will be aware of an approaching vehicle which has crossed over the white line and be prepared for any imminent dangers.
When the hooking up is done, the towing operator is advised to build some speed before merging into the traffic. Accelerate slowly along the should until the speed is fast enough so the truck will not cause disruption to the flow of the traffic.
Roadside assistance is actually considered a very hazardous job for tow operators. While performing duties such as jump starts, tire changes or gas refuels, the attention of the operators are focused on the jobs. This is when the danger comes in as they are diverted from the traffic conditions around them. Thus, in order to be on the safe side while on duty, the trucks should be parked at appropriate distance behind the broken-down vehicle. Towing operators should be close enough from their trucks to gather equipment, but far enough from the truck such that when a car hits the truck, the operator will have enough space to escape for safety. The wheels of the truck should turn towards the ditch line, so that should a collision happen, the impact will not make the truck roll from the lanes of traffic.
During recoveries, there are several factors to consider; heavy vehicles, equipment failure, unseen damages and etc. Since towing operators are focused on so many issues, the focus will be diluted. Therefore, the first thing is to secure a safe zone. When working in a safe zone, the towing operator will be able to safely focus more on the task itself and less with the happenings around him.
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