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Old 05-13-2011, 12:27 PM
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I have been thinking about becoming a tow truck driver lately, i am wondering if anyone knows how to go about this?
I just moved to southern california about 2 weeks ago, i know you need a certification, i am wondering how you go about getting this?
Im not to good with automobile mechanics, is there stuff i should know?
Is this a good field to get into?

Any information at all will help
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Many tow companies likes to train new drivers.
Plus they like clean driving records and make sure the driver pass the background check/drug test in most cases.
Plus they will teach you how to connect the jumper cables to the battery without blowing it up!

If the tow company you work at does AAA. They will send you to the AAA training classes at some AAA office or some large office room in the area.

Most companies will send the driver to the CTTA Light Duty Level 1 Training & Certification.

California Tow Truck Association
http://www.ctta.com/
http://www.ctta.com/trainingcourses.html

Main Towing Forum.
http://www.tow411.net/

Tow Times Magazine
http://towtimes.com/

One of the main site tow companies order towing equipment from.
Study the names of some items (GoJak,etc..)
http://www.awdirect.com/towing-equipment/

AAA Training/Safety
http://partner.aaa.biz/portal/site/auto
http://partner.aaa.biz/portal/site/a...82c70089fd3f8/

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Old 05-13-2011, 12:55 PM
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thanks for all the great info,

I'll be the first to admit, along the way years ago as a stupid kid, i accumulated a few misdermenors because i got married to young, no felony convictions, no drugs, just screaming matches with the ex wife, 10 years later its still there on my record,
I never had driving record problems, or anything crazy,
will that disqualify me?

I think that this would be a good career change for me, i currently work in professional landscaping, i have been for close to 15 years, and it's become mundane in alot of ways and my father is thinking of retiring soon, so i am looking into something new and exciting,

Id like to start off with a light duty certification, and work my way up from there.

Is it a wise choice to purchase my own truck or start off with a company?
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I would think it be better to start with a company first. California is little different than Texas as towing goes no wreck chasing like in Houston!
You don't see many 1 man tow truck companies in California.


Just look up some of the towing companies website in your area ( Look in the phone book ,etc).
Most companies want the driver to live in the same area as the company does business in.
So the driver can go home for lunch breaks or be on call at nights.

http://www.ctta.com/chapterofficers.html

Read what they say about the driver requirements, etc
http://roadonesandiego.com/Employment.asp

Towing Fact: The biggest towing company in the United States.
http://www.unitedroadtowing.com

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Im in orange county, i just moved from fort worth, my wife had a better employment oppertunity out here, so we just recently relocated, i love it here, and im just looking for a new nitch, my father is soon retiring from 40 years of landscaping and it's pretty much all i did for 20 years, but my wife encouraged me to find something new that id like to stay with, and i think towing can be that job
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It's one of those jobs if you don't mind the long hours (like public safety), it should work for you.
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Im seriously considering this as a new field to step into, it seems exciting, fun, i know the hours are long, but i don't mind at all, i just can't wait to get into it,

Here is another question,

I seen alot of LTR Standard and Passport systems that are rentals for TG's have alot of tow companies on them, what do they use them for?
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If the tow company does CHP tow rotation. They are required to have a two-way communication with the driver. Plus it's easy for the drivers/office to talk to the other drivers about stuff. Maybe one driver needs help opening up a vehicle on a lockout service call, Needs extra help on a winch out, etc..

Shop to Truck Communications (Cell phones / 2-way radio)
http://www.chp.ca.gov/programs/pdf/CHP234B.pdf (PDF file)

http://www.chp.ca.gov/programs/rotation.html
http://www.chp.ca.gov/programs/tsafaq.html


If the towing thing doesn't work out. You can always look at being a driver at FedEx,UPS, etc...

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One of the worse things is to be in an area where it's first on scene hauls. It's also know as scanner jumping. You monitor the scanner and bust your a$$ to be the first on scene. People have been involved in accidents because of this as well as fights breaking out on the scene over who was there first. Make sure you are with a reputable service so you don't have to get into troubles.

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Mike,
He would be working in California. So that isn't a problem in this state. Not like some areas in Texas where he was from
Just view some video of "Wreck Chasing" , "wreck chasers", etc on YouTube.


V C Section 22513 Tow Trucks
22513. (b)
It is a misdemeanor for the owner or operator of a tow truck to stop at the scene of an accident or near a disabled vehicle for the purpose of soliciting an engagement for towing services, either directly or indirectly, or to furnish any towing services, unless summoned to the scene, requested to stop, or flagged down by the owner or operator of a disabled vehicle or requested to perform the service by a law enforcement officer or public agency pursuant to that agency's procedures.
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22513.htm]

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Glad to see Kalifornia has that law! Yeah, watching some show about wreckers up north where they did what they could to beat the other services, it makes you wonder. Really makes you wonder about cities like that!
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I was a chaser for a few years, loved it.

OP, call up a big local company and see if they're hiring. If they are apply and they'll get you set up. Some companies will allow you to own your own truck and some wont. If the company allows it, once you are sure its something you enjoy its a good idea to invest in your own truck you'll make more money. For starters though Id look for a company that services roadside assistance companies and pays your fuel. It's fun give it a try.
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