Roadside A Safety Commission
DIGS IN Addressing Protective Practices for Tow Operators By Steve Temple
Photos by Steve Temple and Ryan Oser
56 • September 2021 | Towman.com
Steve Temple has many years of experience as an automotive photojournalist and editor of numerous magazines, both consumer and trade. He has a passion for diesel engines, and one of his personal rigs is a one-ton Dodge dually with an upgraded Cummins turbodiesel, often used for both towing and hauling.
merican Towman Magazine recently held its first Roadside Safety Commission meeting at TowXpo in San Antonio. Top industry experts and professionals, along with AT magazine staff, weighed in on this critical subject. The three-hour conference was a structured brainstorming session that turned into broad discussion on a number of best practices – all with the goal of proposing specific roadside-safety protocols. What follows are key points that all tow operators can benefit from in their daily roadside operations. While experienced towers already put many of these proven methods into practice, the commission highlighted some new ways to enhance roadside protection. Chaired by Dennie Ortiz, publisher of American Towman magazine, the program opened with a video of the Spirit Ride presented
AT’s Safety Focus Special thanks to sponsored by
Allstate Roadside and their commitment to tow operator safety.