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Saturday and Sunday Rides score TV coverage in Michigan. Ride reaches Indiana on Tuesday.
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJune 21 - June 27, 2017

Legislative Success in Texas

The Southwest Tow Operators association reported that the Texas towing industry just finished its most successful legislative session in many years. "Senate Bill 150, recently signed by the governor, solves many of our major lien processing issues," STO relayed in a press release. "Southwest Tow Operators has been working hard on these issues for the last two years." The association thanked the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, state Rep. John Kuempel and state Sen. Judith Zaffirini for their help. Source:
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Best Drivers Report Released

The 13th annual Allstate America's Best Drivers Report, released today, names Kansas City, Kan., as the city with America's safest drivers. Based on Allstate claims data, the company unveiled the report to encourage safe-driving habits according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. IIHS found July and August are the deadliest months on the road, with each averaging 116 deaths a day. The National Safety Council estimates more than 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016, making it potentially the most dangerous driving year since 2007. This year's three safest cities—Kansas City Brownsville, Texas, and Madison, Wis.—retain their places in the top three from last year's report, with Kansas City jumping ahead of 2016 winner Brownsville. Source:

Man Tried to Stop Repo

Someone didn't want a repo agent to repossess an auto in Buffalo, N.Y., early Saturday. The agent told police that shortly after midnight he tried to hook a car in the 400 block of Stockbridge Avenue. Someone then ran from a nearby residence, hopped into the auto and tried to drive it off the towing arm. He didn't make off with the vehicle, but he damaged both the auto and the tow truck before running away, according to a police report. Source:
Best Drivers Report Released
Kansas City, Kan., rated No. 1 for safest drivers
Legislative Success in Texas
Bill solves many of state’s lien-processing issues
Man Tried to Stop Repo
Causes damage to tow truck and car and flees

TV Takes to the Spirit Ride's Baton

Media coverage continued in Michigan Market areas over the weekend as broadcasters and writers continued to pick up on the particulars of the Spirit Ride's Ceremony and its meaning. Cameras panned the colors on the casket and the images of first responders as reporters explained what the colors symbolized and how all first responders killed on the roadside were represented. TV coverage has also aired the ceremonial baton passing from hand to hand symbolizing first responders working together on the roadside and on the Spirit Ride, honoring the Fallen and promoting public awareness of the Move Over law.

TV stations in Jackson and Muskegan aired the Rides through Michigan in spite of a more salacious story happening at the same time: a naked woman riding a motorcycle in traffic. Processions over the weekend were strong as some 100 emergency service vehicles paraded over Michigan roads and highways: tow trucks, fire trucks, police cars, emergency medical vehicles.
The Spirit Casket Moves Thru the Midwest
American Towman TV • Emily Oz Reports • June 21 - June 27, 2017

The Hard Decisions

Sometimes, you have to make the hard decisions.

An operator who is a great guy, great for shop morale and is beloved by everyone has a few bad habits.

He rarely comes in early to help with early calls, but makes it in "just under the buzzer" so as not to be late. His work is passable and just good enough; but often not complete, as some key details always get missed from follow-up reporting.

At another two-operator company—with the owner being one of them—you've got the perfect driver who knows his craft inside-out. In fact, he's even taught YOU a thing or two about towing. One problem though: He calls out or is late for one "perfect storm" reason or another quite frequently. Because you've gone through about ten other operators in the past two years, you're reluctant to let this guy go. Yet, you're killing yourself and getting frustrated daily.

What do you do?

Well, that answer is up to you and how much you can tolerate given the workload.

However, there are times that you have to make the hard decision. You can't continue to suffer in silence and take the bad with the good. The stress will slowly eat you alive, and will eventually result in bad company performance.

Yes, it's a chess game ... but it's a game that you have to win.
--Charles Duke
Editor: Charles Duke
Managing Editor: Brendan Dooley
ATTV Editor & Anchor: Emily Oz
Communications Manager: Helen Gutfreund
Advertising Sales: William Burwell
Content Management: Henri Calitri
Site Progr., Graphics & Video: Ryan Oser
ATTV Technical Production: OMG National
Wrecks + Recovery Editor: Jim "Buck" Sorrenti
Operations Editor: Randall C. Resch
Tow Business Editor: Don Archer
Tow Illustrated Editor: George L. Nitti

Driveline Buddy

DrivelineBuddy 7e8ffTransporting heavy-duty vehicles is serious business, and if you don't take the proper measures you or your drivers can get injured. The Driveline Buddy is designed to safely detach the driveline from the vehicle and transport it wherever it needs to go. The tool offers a suspender and cradle that is easily installed into the frame of the truck being towed to cradle the driveline during transportation to final destination. See the Driveline Buddy on display at Tow Expo Dallas, August 17-19 at the Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, Texas.
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