Most of you probably don’t know what the tow truck driving life entails, and it’s not like our tow truck drivers are in the position to brag about it, either. However, what most people are not aware of is that tow truck drivers sacrifice a lot more than what they get credit for, and they’re not in it for the money. We know this because no amount of money would ever amount to how much they put on the line just to do their jobs well in the name of public service. For this blog post, we provide you with a glimpse of a day in a tow truck driver’s life.
Just when you’re getting ready for breakfast, a tow truck driver still hasn’t slept since the day before.
Since most accidents happen at night (and it makes sense, too—just think of all the drunk and sleepy drivers who get in outrageous accidents in the middle of an empty highway) towing companies all operate on a 24/7 schedule. This means no sleep for tow truck drivers because they have to be ready to respond any second. Even those who just finished a service only have a few hours at a time to rest before the next operation begins.
If you think the tow truck driving life is dull, think again.
Some tow truck drivers have shared their stories of getting involved in high speed operations at literally the ride-or-die level just to get to accident or crime scenes. More often than not, they have to help lift severely damaged car parts off of equally damaged human bodies, save a car from falling off a cliff, remove a car that’s crashed into a tree, or a living room, or a smaller vehicle, and provide first aid, at least until EMS arrives.
After a successful operation, it’s on to the next one.
This kind of job entails a lot of hard work, patience, and extreme dedication because it’s like the action never stops. If you think a 9-to-5 morning shift is boring, tedious, and dragging, just imagine what it’s like for drivers who sometimes have to work 10 to 12-hour shifts on short notice. Tow truck drivers have confessed to not being able to shower, sleep, or eat because of operations piling one after the other.
So the next time you call a tow company for a tow service, make sure to thank your tow truck driver for all the hard work she’s put in.