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20 Facts People Don’t Know About Tow Truck Drivers

20 Facts People Don’t Know About Tow Truck Drivers
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When you were growing up there may have been several different careers that you had aspirations of one day getting to do. But I don’t know if I’m speaking falsely when I say that I don’t think many people grow up hoping to have a career as a tow truck driver. Though if I’m being fair, you may be about to read several things that make it a very intriguing career option. Such as the fact that they make more on average in Canada than a significant portion of the population.

That being said, you would also have to deal with several awful ramifications of the job. Such as the fact that one of the tow truck drivers on our list once got whacked in the face with a baseball bat. But his co-worker was shot at, so I suppose perhaps this person was just counting themselves lucky. But if “lucky” means you only get beat up with a bat, then a new career may very well be something you consider.

There are also many little tricks and tips that tow truck drivers have been known to implement. Some of which that may explain why they have given you some headaches in the past if you have had to encounter them. Though this list is also going to be well worth your time because I also mention ways for you to save some money if you do ever find yourself having to interact with a tow truck company.

These are the 20 things people don’t know about tow truck drivers.

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20 They Can Lie To Get An Address


When it comes time for a tow truck driver to come and take your car, one of the most important things for them to know is your address so they can come and find it.

But how they go about finding an address is not always the most honest way, at least according to a former tow truck driver.

“They might have someone call the guy and tell him something stupid like he’s won tickets to something and they want to know where to send them – anything sneaky so they get the guy’s address,” Sounds similar to a situation where someone may disguise their appearance in order to deliver court ordered papers!

19 They Can Get In Serious Altercations


There are some negative ramifications that are sure to come with any job that you choose to do. But the life of a tow truck driver can include some serious altercations when you get on the bad side of someone, “We kind of walked into a group of people who saw that we had our company tow truck shirts on and a friend got into a little bit of an altercation with them. I was trying to tell everyone to not worry about it and go home, but when I wasn’t looking I got a baseball bat to my face,” said a former tow truck driver, as well as saying a former co-worker had been shot at while on the job. (Source: CNN).

18 It Can Get Competitive Over Who Tows The Cars


You can understand that there are some jobs out there where you are facing some serious competition. And for tow truck drivers, they definitely may have to deal with someone else trying to come and collect on illegally parked cars.

A former tow truck driver mentioned how he would swoop in when the time was right.

In the process they ended up making their competition pretty upset, “It’s not my fault they haven’t been going and checking for cars. They thought no one else would be at that property and little did they know I just rolled up and took all their cars”.

17 They’ll Sometimes Leave Illegal Cars As A Trap


One of the biggest reasons as to why you may choose to park where you do is because you’ve noticed there are other cars in the area. But that doesn’t always mean those cars are there legally. In fact, they may be purposely left there by tow truck companies in order to catch more people, “Normally, these drivers won’t grab all the cars from a lot because they don’t want people to think there’s a strict policy. It’s kind of like fishing, you want to keep some bait out there. But when the money’s tight, people take every car they can,” said a former driver when talking about their methods. (Source: Neatorama).

16 They Need To Make Sure The Car Is Empty


This might sound like a ridiculous story, but you can only imagine the dread that this tow truck driver felt.

After towing a car in Illinois, the owner of the tow truck realized that there was still a child inside the car!

Making the situation perhaps even more problematic was the fact that the child suffers from Down syndrome. You can make the argument that the father should have never left his son in the car, the whole situation is a nightmare for everyone involved. The driver was later wanted for charges of child endangerment after he let the child out after a few blocks. (Source: ABC).

15 They Have To Give An Estimate For The Costs


It can be a nightmare to see your car getting towed as you start to calculate the potential costs that are going to be associated with it. But in Canada, there are rules implemented to help make the process a little bit less frustrating for the driver, “The rules changed that motorists are required to sign authorization before towing commences, and also receive an estimate for the costs that are going to be incurred, and the costs cannot be more than 10 percent at the end of the day beyond what was initially quoted.” Which means that at least you aren’t going to be quoted at a certain cost and then get the actual cost later that is significantly higher. (Source: CBC).

14 Customers Can Pay A Drop Charge


If you looked out your window and saw your car getting towed, you may start to panic. But if you want to help solve some of the problems associated with it, make sure you go out and talk to the driver about a “Drop charge”. When discussing how the “Drop Charge” and the different rules around it can work (as things like the cost paid may vary), the Globe and Mail stated “Once the car is hooked, the tow-truck driver can proceed with taking that vehicle to the impound yard.

If the driver gets there before the tow truck operator has started hooking up their car, they can pay him a fee – 50 percent of the $70 towing fee – to let you go.

If the driver moves the car before the tow truck arrives, he avoids the impound fee completely,” (Source: TheGlobeAndMail).

13 They Really Help Keep Traffic Moving


You may have a very good reason to have some scorn for a tow truck company that has inconvenienced you in the past. But tow truck companies are also hugely important for helping make sure you are able to get to work on time, “Certain streets through the city are designated as rush routes. Between 7 and 9:30 a.m. we tow all the illegally parked cars to keep the traffic moving – otherwise you’d have gridlock. It’s bad enough as it is, because they’ve changed a lot of the streets to accommodate bike routes; it’s really starting to slow down the movement of traffic,” said one tow truck driver when talking about the impact he has on traffic.

12 The Quality Of The Cars They Typically Tow


It might be nice to imagine that the tow truck driver is towing away expensive supercars that are hopefully owned by people who are more than comfortable paying the fees it costs to get their car back. But in some cases, it’s the nicest cars that can get left behind “Sometimes you’d have a fairly new car and under weird circumstances the people didn’t come to claim the actual nice cars,” said a former tow truck driver. But perhaps the owner just goes out and buys themselves a new car? Though he did go on to admit, “But it’s pretty rare that the cars were nice”.

11 They Can Make Serious Commission On The Job


One of the best ways for a tow truck driver to take home a bigger cheque isn’t necessarily to make sure they are working longer hours, but that they are being effective with their time, as commission plays a big role in how much they ultimately are able to earn.

It was reported that the main tow truck company in Vancouver, Busters, pays tow truck drivers 67% of whatever it is the tow fee is.

Another tow truck driver who worked in the industry for over 35 years also stated that most of his income also came from commissions. (Source: TruckDriversSalary, VanMag).

10 They Need To Be Careful Not To Ruin The Car


If you are getting ready to tow a car, you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to do the process safely. When one woman’s Pontiac Vibe AWD was improperly towed, it ended up causing some serious damage to the vehicle as the transmission was ruined when the car was towed while in park. “I didn’t want to be a b*tch, but I was very assertive and called Busters every day until they paid the bill for $3,650. The tow t