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Towing Safety in Daytona Beach, Florida

April 10, 2017

Tow Truck Safety Considerations in Daytona Beach

Towing and Tow Trucks in Daytona Beach, Florida These days, there is much more emphasis on safety in towing, with the realization that there’s a potential for injury or even death during towing maneuvers. In the early 1980s, a Good Samaritan driver was killed in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when he attempted to tow another driver out of a snow bank. The man died when the chain he had attached to the other vehicle broke and the loose end flew into the back window of his truck cab, striking him in the head. There are other towing dangers, too in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Do-it-yourself towed vehicles don’t have lights and flashers that tow-truck drivers use to alert other drivers that they’re approaching a disabled car. Other drivers can come up quickly at the back of these vehicles-in-tow and rear-end them, since they typically aren’t keeping up with traffic in Daytona Beach, Florida. Chris Matthews, an Automotive Service Excellence-approved technician and coordinator of the AAA-approved auto repair program, pointed out that brakes on a DIY-towed vehicle typically are crippled as well because with the vehicle’s engine not on, there’s no vacuum boost to help the brakes work normally in Daytona Beach, Florida. Thus, if the vehicle that’s pulling a disabled car stops suddenly, it’s likely the towed vehicle won’t be able to stop in time to avoid rear-ending the tow vehicle.

Steering can be another problem, with so many of today’s vehicles featuring power-assist steering systems, not to mention steering wheel locks in Daytona Beach, Florida. Note that when the engine is not operating, there is no power assist, so attempting to steer a towed vehicle requires substantial extra effort.

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