Tow Truck Safety 101

 

 

Tips for new drivers

 

You help keep people safe when they’re driving by towing away broken-down vehicles. By following these tips, you can be confident that you’ll be safe too.

 

Keep your truck maintained.

Schedule regular professional truck inspections, and repair or replace parts when necessary (not when you have time to get around to it). Invest in keeping your truck going—and going safely.

 

Be familiar with your truck and its capacity.

Before you use your truck, inspect it. Make sure the truck is free of broken bolts, cracked seams and stress fractures, and check the chains to make sure they’re free of cracks and rust. Also, be familiar with your tow capacity, and make sure to stick to it. Staying within your truck’s limits will help you keep control.

 

Know how to safely hook up a vehicle.

When hooking up a vehicle, block its wheels before disengaging the driveshaft or the brakes.

 

If you have a remote control for the lift, boom or winch, lock and secure it inside your truck until you’re ready to use it so you don’t accidentally activate it if it’s in your pocket or on the ground. And once you lift the vehicle, never work underneath it.

 

Keep a safe distance.

Remember that you’re carrying extra weight when towing a vehicle, so drive defensively. Stick to the speed limit, and try to keep a two- to three-second distance between your truck and the car in front of you. This will give you enough room to come to a complete stop in case they slam on the brakes.

 

Be ready for the unexpected.

You’ll need a safety net of your own while you are busy being everyone else’s. Make sure your truck—and your business—is covered with commercial auto insurance.

 

Every tow business owner should have liability and physical damage insurance, which covers damages you could cause to your truck—or someone else’s vehicle—in case of an accident.

 

Also, consider insurance that protects your customers’ vehicles as well as your own. With additional coverages, you can be confident that you won’t be responsible for damages that could happen to a car you have on-hook or in storage at your shop.

 

Hours:

Monday: 9am - 5pm

Tuesday: 9am - 5pm

Wednesday: 9am - 5pm

Thursday: 9am - 5pm

Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: 9am - 5pm

Sunday: Closed      

 

Axiom Insurance

388 Dickinson St

Springfield, MA 01108

Tel: (413) 788-0800

Fax: (413) 788-9053

 

RMV Services:

- New Plates

- Transfer Plates

- New Titles / Registration

- Registration Renewal 

 

Welcome to Axiom Insurance Agency of Springfield Massachusetts.  We pride ourselves on offering the best Insurance Products and the most competitive prices in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

We also do RMV TRANSACTIONS - new plates, new registrations, transfers, renewals, etc!!!   We do these services Monday through SATURDAY! No more taking time from work to go to the registry!

We offer both Personal Insurance Products (Auto Insurance and Home Insurance) as well as Business Insurance (Liability, Workers Comp., Property, Inland Marine, Commercial Auto).

We can find a product or price for everyone.  We can even replace cancelled Auto Insurance.  We are open on Saturday if you are local to Springfield MA to replace your insurance.

 

With all the companies we represent for there are many discounts available to reduce your price.

 

Always call us if you have questions with your Auto or Homeowners bill.  They can be complicated and the timing of when the payments are applied to your bill can make things look confusing.

 

Always make sure to review your paperwork to ensure it is up to date.  We can help get your registration renewed and save you the headache of having you Auto towed because the plates and registration have expired.

We speak Spanish too.

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