Tow truck drivers are one of the most overlooked heroes of the road. With so many scenarios and variables that render a vehicle inoperable, these unsung heroes will fight heavy traffic, severe weather, and other trials to get to your destination to offer their services. The tow truck drivers are there when a vehicle is in a collision, experiencing mechanical failure, or gotten stuck in rough terrain. Unfortunately, tow truck drivers are not always appreciated, especially when the bystanders are feeling inconvenienced when they are in action. Tow trucks, especially when towing, are big, slow obstructions in the path of other drivers, but few take account the safety precautions they should be following when they are driving behind these rescue vehicles or when the driver is offering assistance or hooking up a down vehicle.
Courtesy Tips for Passing a Car Being Towed
Today, we at Priceless Towing would like to share some safety steps to keep you and the tow truck driver safe when you are behind them on Vegas Valley roads.
1) Decrease your speed. As it is may seem obvious to reduce your speed, this step is worth stressing because few do it. Whether the tow driver is in the middle of the road hitching up a vehicle involved in an accident or they are pulled off the side of the road rescuing a down vehicle, it is essential you slow down. Though the tow truck drivers are trained to be observant for safety, their eyes can’t be everywhere at once and when they are assessing a broken-down vehicle, engaged in roadside assistance, or in the midst of getting the vehicle prepared for the towing journey, slowing down is courteous and increase their safety and yours. There are many hazardous elements to the day-to-day workload of a tow truck driver and they do not need the added stress of seeing a driver carelessly speeding down the road.
2) Merge lanes away from the tow hookup in progress. Another obvious assumption, but not always applied is merging to the lane out of their way if it is possible. To avoid the risk of striking the down vehicle, tow truck, the driver, or the owner of the vehicle, reducing your speeds are priority but if traffic permits and there are multiple lanes, merging to the lane away from the incident is advisable. Should there be option to merge lanes, take extreme care navigating through the traffic, especially around the tow truck, and slow down even more so. No one wants to clip the vehicles or even a person during the event and it is safe for everyone for drivers to merge into the next lane if there is an opportunity.
3) Relax and stay focused on your surroundings and the road. Staying relaxed can help you respond to surprises and maintaining focus on the road and your surroundings can give you plenty of time to react. Safe driving techniques should always be applied when operating a vehicle, but especially so when riding behind a tow truck or when one is doing their work on the road.