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May 9-11, 2018
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CIRT President Bobby Tuttle's "Insurance Strategies for Today's Volatile Market" seminar will provide information on what is happening with the increase of insurance premiums in the towing industry, the types of claims that the underwriters are identifying as causes for increasing premiums and possible strategies that towing companies could employ to help reduce their claims and rates. This seminar will take place during Tow Expo Dallas, August 17-19, 2017 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJune 21 - June 27, 2017

Agent Sparks Abduction Scare

A Philadelphia, Pa., repo agent says he didn't see a child sleeping in the back row of minivan when he repossessed it overnight—setting off a brief abduction scare. The 7-year-old girl's mother works for the Domino's Pizza in West Philadelphia and screamed as the tow truck drove off with her child and the vehicle, which had tinted windows. Police found the vehicles about 1.5 miles away. "When they went inside the minivan that was being towed, they did find a 7-year-old female," police said. She was reunited with her mother. Source: nbcphiladelphia.com.
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Towman Feels Targeted

A Cape Coral, Fla., resident feels he's being targeted by the city's code enforcement department. Brandon Whiteside said he works for a 24-hour towing company and has never had an issue with parking his truck in his driveway overnight until a few weeks ago. "My vehicle is the tool for my job. It's like telling me I can't have my tool belt at home because I only use it on commercial stuff," said Whiteside. Whiteside said for the past few months he's parked the truck in his driveway without problems. However, recently he received a city code compliance flyer telling him he was in violation, which prohibits commercial vehicle parking in a residential area. A city spokesperson said the code can only change through council vote. Whiteside said he'll push for the vote.
Source: fox4now.com.

You Can’t Make This Up!

In Youngstown, Ohio, a towman told police that a woman he drove from I-680 at the request of the Ohio State Patrol paid him with fake money. He said the woman's vehicle was disabled and he towed it. When he dropped the woman off, she paid him with a $100 bill and a $50 bill. The driver said he didn't look closely at the money until he went to buy fuel for his truck and noticed the $100 bill said, "For motion picture use only." Source: wkbn.com.
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Towman Feels Targeted
Gets city code violation for parking tow truck in his driveway
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Philadelphia repo agent nabs car—with baby inside
You Can’t Make This Up!
Ohio towman gets paid with fake movie money

Fox 8 Cleveland Airs Spirit Ride

The WJW-TV newscast of the Spirit Ride through Akron, Ohio, may be a warm-up to how the Ride will be covered in Cleveland at Rich's Towing on June 21. Akron Coach Towing relayed the Spirit casket to Two Kidz Towing in Norton, who then relayed it to Middleburg Heights where Rich's Towing will stage a ceremony followed by a procession through Cleveland led by Lloyd's Towing.

Many officials and emergency service vehicles are expected.

The Spirit Ride then heads to South Amherst for a ceremony and procession June 22. D&A Towing will relay the casket to Wall Street Towing in Ypsilanti who will relay it to Van's Towing in Roseville, Michigan. Van's will lead a procession to Troy in the Detroit Metro area for an event where over 200 trucks are expected.
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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
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Content Management: Henri Calitri
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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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