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Tower donates time on service call
Bright lights increase hi-vis wearables
A touch of fear keeps you alert on the road
Swapping chrome for steel makes sense for paint
Repo agent hit by car as suspect flees in vehicle
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJuly 27 - August 02, 2016
Heavies No Longer Required
An Albany, Ga., tow business owner said he's upset over a "surprise" change that hurts his wrecker company. Jack Futrill said he saved for a year to buy a heavy-duty wrecker for his business to get on the city's towing rotation. “But … the two (companies) before me didn't have to, or the two after me, by the way. So it's pretty hard to stomach that," said Futrill. On Tuesday night, city commissioners voted to allow companies without heavy-duty equipment on the list to handle normal tows.
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Two Rotators Stolen in Pa.
Pennsylvania State Police are looking for two Jerr-Dan rotators worth $1.2 million that were taken between noon Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday from the Rush Truck Center in Guilford Township. The trucks stolen were: a 2017 Peterbilt 389/JFB with black body, orange accents, and last eight digits of VIN is HD368714; and a 2017 Peterbilt 567/JFB with white body, green accents, and last eight digits of VIN is HD368677. Anyone with information is asked to call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers toll-free at 800-472-8477.
Booted Cars Accumulating
The Reading (Pa.) Parking Authority hasn't been towing vehicles since October. The number of vehicles that have been booted or abandoned has been growing in city neighborhoods. Reimundo Encarnacion, acting director, said the former towing contract was terminated because of a state police investigation into the business. Encarnacion said that the parking authority must put together a formal RFP before it can award a new contract, which could take up to six months.
Two Rotators Stolen in Pa.
Two new Peterbilt/Jerr-Dan heavies stolen from distributor
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Commission implements two-tier rotation system
Booted Cars Accumulating
City terminated one contract without new tower in place

AAA: Modern Cars, More Tows

Last year the American Automobile Association responded to more calls for help than ever before, as reported in Fortune. AAA dispatched roadside service to assist 32 million drivers in 2015, a record for the company. The numbers are up due to a mixture of new design, new tech and drivers ignoring dashboard warnings, according to AAA.

Another roadside service call pattern reported by AAA is the higher frequency of towing. One in five calls for late model vehicles results in towing to a dealer or other service facility. The complexity of newer vehicles more commonly rules out roadside repairs, so towing is more frequent.

"Vehicles today are advanced more than ever, yet are still vulnerable to breakdowns," said Cliff Ruud, AAA's managing director of automotive solutions. "Sleek, low profile tires are highly susceptible to damage, electronic keyless ignitions can zap battery life, and, despite advanced warning systems, more than half a million drivers ran out of gas last year."

AAA points to tires and keys above all else. The organization stated that cars less than five years old were responsible for a disproportionate number of calls, largely due to a lack of spare tires and the keyless ignitions.


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Towmen Doing Good

Just lucky, I guess. In my week subbing in for TIW Editor Charles Duke, I was able to find some good news about towmen for the News page.

In one case, we had a towman donate his time on a tire change instead of taking money from state troopers trying to help a stranded motorist.

In another, tow companies waived storage fees in a miscommunication between owners and the DNR on where to park.

In yet another, a tow supervisor paid for a hotel room for a stranded couple who were strapped for cash in the middle of the night.

Keep up the good work!

--Brendan Dooley

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July 27 - August 02, 2016
Editor: Charles Duke
Managing Editor: Brendan Dooley
ATTV Editor & Anchor: Emily Oz
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