Picture this: Two cars get into a collision course. One bumped into the other driver’s side. The driver could not get out to safety as the first car is blocking his door.
Then, emergency first responders arrived.
In all honesty, are tow truck operators in your mind?
Tow truck drivers are important to emergency rescues. Sometimes they even arrive before medics and police. In fact, there are also times when they are the only responder on site.
When they arrive the scene, they use cones or flares and emergency lights. They keep an eye towards passing traffic at the same time.
Using the towing equipment to properly load the disabled vehicle requires skill and awareness from surroundings.
Communication is a must, especially when vehicle retrieval is too dangerous. They inform authorities (e.g. employer, dispatch operator) of potential danger and follow optimum safety procedures. Such calls could also mean a request for additional resource.
Little do we know about the hazards of their jobs. Some are crushed to death while working underneath a disabled vehicle. Others are injured because some motorists don’t mind emergency traffic rules.
Emergency Traffic Rules
As such, it pays for drivers to know the emergency traffic rules. ‘You may drive onto the wrong side of the road or drive through a red traffic light to get out of the way of an emergency vehicle if it is safe to do so’, says the Queensland Police Service. Simply put, the motorist has to give way to a vehicle on hazard under all circumstances. It’s also important to note that the rules in Western Australia may be different.
Tow truck drivers are vehicle recovery experts.We can help make their jobs easier with the simple act of following traffic rules.