What are Tow Truck Equipment for the Tow Truck Drivers
The quality of service a tow truck company provides is dependent on two factors. The skill of their driver. The equipment and tools in use by the company.
The equipment and tools determine whether or not a company is suitable for the type of tow, clients require. Since each vehicle has its special requirements the equipment also comes in a large variety.
Let us look at the essentials a tow truck driver must have in their inventory. The first tools and equipment that are prioritized are the ones related to safety. The driver must have a highly reflective vest, the industry-standard colors are yellow or orange. Hard hats, gloves, and preferably steel toe boots. Safety cones are also necessary for traffic control. The exterior of the truck should also have a decent amount of light fixtures, especially when dealing with tows at night and areas with heavy traffic. The Fire safety guidelines require a fire extinguisher and oil absorbent in the trucks at all times. As well as a debris container in case of clean-ups should be in the truck.
Large storage components are a necessity for tow trucks due to the huge amount of inventory used in the tow truck business. The toolboxes, auto entry kits, and the various car unlocking tools to name a few things. Since the tools and equipment, particularly the industrial-grade which are valuable, can be targets for thieves. The storage should be lockable and have security measures in place.
Fuel tanks will also be a permanent fixture for tow trucks since many roadside assistance calls are for instances of gas delivery. Parking chocks are another essential piece of equipment. Industrial-grade air compressors are versatile pieces of equipment that make most of the roadside services easier to handle and more efficiently dealt with. Commercial grade jump starters are always in the truck. The perfect solution in most cases of dead batteries in vehicles.
Moving on to the more heavy-duty equipment. There are the Electric winch and winch cables also known as winch ropes. The type and model of which depend on the two types. A good side winch is always ideal for making the positioning of vehicles easy.
Hydraulic jacks are mandatory to have, the higher the quality used the better the service provided, and safety is optimized.
Other equipment is the recovery strings also called lifting sling allowing the vehicle to be pulled at an angle. Recovery straps work the same as recovery lifts. Are perfect for mitigating damage to vehicles by distributing the pressure. There are also towing chains and straps that can be used in different configurations.
Shackles are great for heavy lifts. Tire skates get vehicles from a variety of road conditions. Then there is the simple pulley device called Snatch box that requires less force for lifting heavier loads. Tow hooks are what make towing possible and they come in different types depending on the vehicles or the type of tow. Then there are two dollys perfect for short distant hauls.
All of the equipment and tools mentioned above are definitely not the exhaustive list. They are just the starting point for tow truck drivers. Many drivers have more than the mentioned inventory above in their trucks so they can manage every situation they may be dispatched to deal with.