Providing roadside assistance can be met with hazards especially when towing is involved. If you do not take the proper precautions, towing a vehicle can be particularly dangerous. There is a lot of responsibility associated with transporting someone else’s vehicle, and so safety is very important for tow truck companies. As a tow truck driver, you need to do everything you can to ensure that you establish high safety standards for your business.
Here are some few tips you can apply to ensure that you boost safety at your tow truck business.
Establish regular safety training and meetings
You need to establish regular safety training and meetings with your members of staff. Meetings can be great to ensure that you discuss with your members all the important things they need to know about your business. They will be able to understand and meet business safety policies as well as other expectations. They will be able to understand good driving practices and act responsibly.
Have business safety policies
Your tow truck business should have a clear and well communicated written policies about vehicles use and driving safety. Each employee should get a copy of these written policies for their reference, and confirm via a signature. Policies are meant to ensure that everyone is aware of what is expected of them. As a business owner, you need to ensure that employees are aware that such policies exist for their own good.
Deal with Distracted Driving
You need to take a stand against distracted driving. Texting or talking on the phone while driving can be quite costly and dangerous to yourself and other road users. A tow truck is not a small vehicle and any distracted driving can get it to travel a very long distance while endangering the lives of other road users. You need to set up a strict policy that prohibits distracted driving to put it clear that it is not acceptable to text on the phone while driving.
Inspection of Vehicles
You need to keep logs for car inspections and the state of towing vehicles. You need to be very disciplined when it comes to keeping records. Ensure that drivers have a record of their hours of service and that they have all the inspections done as per what is required.
You need to be very cautious during the hiring process. When you are hiring, you must ensure that you are bringing on board people who are committed to delivering as per your expectations. You can do a background check of motor vehicle records as well as having a check on previous criminal records. You need to ensure that you are careful in order to get all things properly done.
You need to ensure that your vehicle is equipped with GPS tracking. GPS tracking can be very effective in ensuring that you keep a track of how your vehicle is being driven. This can be particularly helpful in ensuring that vehicles do not go above the required speed limits, which can be very useful in reducing the chances of speeding tickets.