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disabled vehicle first and take the time to assess the situation before proceeding with the recovery. Another military analogy mentioned was inspired by bomb units defusing IEDs in Iraq. The best way to survive in this extreme environment is to minimize your exposure to potential hazards. As Myers recommends, “Reduce your time as a target as much as possible.” Guidelines from the TEM (Traffic Engineering Manual) are another source of useful safety information, such as turning on safety lights a full 100 yards on approach to the roadside scene. “Being seen on Scene” are the watchwords of John Borowski, VP of Towing Programs for AutoReturn. Regular safety training was also discussed, especially for smaller towing companies. The
mid- and large-size firms seem to do a better job regularly ingraining safety practices into the minds of their towers so they don’t get distracted and miss an obvious hazard. As publisher Dennie Ortiz put it, “The key is to agree on and drill down into best practices.” The Commission acknowledged that there’s an essential need for basic standards and protocols. Tow operator safety should be a number one priority and our industry needs the increased support of law enforcement and highway safety programs. “Education is our way out of this problem,” notes Tasha Mora, compliance director for Wrecker and Recovery, LLC. She has a background in teaching and firsthand experience in this field. She also suggested that roadside safety packages, such as an arrow