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How can tow truck drivers stay safer on the job?

Driving a tow truck allows you to often come to the rescue of stranded motorists in Louisiana. While that is a great perk of the job, it also puts you at risk. Anytime you stand outside a vehicle on the roadway, you are at risk of a moving vehicle striking you. That makes this a dangerous profession. Even with your lights and the size of your truck, some motorists still will not pay attention and could crash into you as you are loading a vehicle.

To stay safer, according to Lift and Tow, you need to be aware of the risks. Always drive safely yourself because you do not want to end up in an accident on your way to a job. You also need to ensure your truck is visible. Use your lighting system. Put out cones and wear reflective clothing. Do everything you can to make sure other vehicles see you.

You also need to make sure you spend as little time out of your vehicle as possible. This requires making sure you have everything you need. Prepare before you head out to a call. Make sure everything on your truck is working properly and ready to go so all you have to do is hook up and go when you get to the scene.

Always keep safety in mind. Protect yourself and the occupants of the other vehicle. Advice them to stand far back off the roadway. Keep them away from your truck. Offer assistance to help them find a ride if needed. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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