Road hazards—high visibility clothing and other PPE

Protecting employees working on or near a roadway should always be a number one safety concern. One way to do so is to provide your employees with the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Selecting the proper PPE is more involved than employers may understand. Hazard assessment To determine the need for PPE, OSHA requires employers … Read More

A Star is Born

Western Star is known for providing the ultimate chassis solution for heavy wrecker applications.  To help promote their capabilities, the company decided to build a “monster wrecker” to display as its showcase truck during the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) and Florida Tow Show. Featuring superior cab room, nearly unlimited options for rear axle spacing … Read More

Which Winch is Which?

Merriam – Webster defines a winch as a machine for hauling or pulling.  Specifically, a winch is a powerful machine with one or more drums on which to coil a rope, cable, or chain for hauling or hoisting.  In industry, winches stand at the heart of machines as diverse as tow trucks, large industrial cranes, … Read More

Light Bar Basics

Todd K., AWDirect Technical Product Support Trying to call attention to yourself and your recovery – in traffic filled with cars designed to filter out noise and reduce road glare – can be a very daunting and dangerous task. You would think a lightbar on the roof and some flashing beacons would be sufficient to … Read More

Winch Basics and Not-so-Basics

Todd K., AWDirect Technical Product Support Coming from a life working in (and owning) collision centers, repair shops, tire shops and now working in the marketing and technical side of the industry, my human hard drive of stories, mistakes, accomplishments and knowledge of the towing industry is reaching critical mass. I think back to the … Read More

What Safety Regulations Apply to Me?

This is a common question asked by many types of motor carriers. Who is a motor carrier? Basically, it is anyone that uses a “commercial vehicle” to conduct business on the roadways. This, in most cases, includes tow operators. FIRST QUESTION, ‘DO YOU OPERATE COMMERCIAL VEHICLES’? For the purposes of the federal Department of Transportation … Read More

Winch Basics and Not-so-Basics

Todd K., AWDirect Technical Product Support Coming from a life working in (and owning) collision centers, repair shops, tire shops and now working in the marketing and technical side of the industry, my human hard drive of stories, mistakes, accomplishments and knowledge of the towing industry is reaching critical mass. I think back to the … Read More