A truck driver, tow truck is a person who may typically serve different functions by moving cars and trucks. In some situations, the tow truck driver may be called upon by police to remove inoperable vehicles from an accident site in order to restore traffic flow. Tow truck drivers may also be utilized by private businesses or police to enforce parking laws by removing illegally parked or abandoned vehicles. Auto mechanics and roadside service providers will also typically contract with towing companies (or have their own tow truck drivers on staff) to assist motorists with disabled vehicles to transport them to shops for repair.
Drivers must also be proficient with specialty equipment used by their trucks. This includes knowing safe operations of a winch, as well as knowing how to use side-roll carts, which can be used to extract vehicles parked parallel on streets. In all cases, drivers must typically keep accurate logs of vehicle pickups and where they are towed to, as these amounts are typically then used in the final billing of the vehicle owner.
Some companies do not require a high school diploma for this position, but a candidate for this job must possess a commercial driver's license and may need to be additionally certified to operate his or her truck type. Most tow truck drivers work regular shifts throughout a week that involve both days and evenings, with many employers requiring their drivers to take periodic “on call” shifts that involve 24 hour availability.
Truck Driver, Tow Truck Tasks
Communicate with clients to understand their needs and determine how to transport the inoperable vehicles.
Receive and respond to service calls.
Provide basic repair and emergency road services, such as changing flat tires, unlock car doors, jump batteries, and assist with fuel.
Drive a tow truck and operate its machinery to move other vehicles in various states of malfunction.
Maintain tow truck and towing machinery regularly.