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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingApril 25 - May 01, 2018

Slight Dip in Highway Deaths

Preliminary numbers from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths in 2017 dipped slightly, claiming 40,100 lives across the U.S., a drop of 1 percent from 2016. The Council cautions, however, that the slight dip doesn't necessarily indicate progress when it comes to reducing highway deaths, but rather it could be just a leveling off after the steepest two-year increase in highway deaths in more than 50 years. New Hampshire had the largest percentage drop in highway fatalities while Rhode Island had the largest percentage increase. Source:
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Close Call for Towman

Eriq Christensen, a tower for Liberty Towing Service in Madison, Wisconsin, was helping a driver who slid off the roadway on I-90 last Thursday morning when he was almost hit by another car. "I had an angel over my shoulder on that one. For sure," said Christensen. "He wasn't getting over, he wasn't slowing down. So I ran from the driver side of the vehicle into the ditch to avoid being hit. I was freaking out. I called my boss in a panic. I didn't know what to do," said Christensen. After looking at the damage on the driver's car who hit Christensen, it's a miracle no one was hurt or killed. Source:

Talbert Adds Sales Manager

Talbert Manufacturing recently welcomed Steve Gardonyi as its Canadian sales manager to assist dealers in Canada with Talbert trailer sales, marketing and customization, as well as broaden the company's Canadian dealer network. "There is a lot of synergy between Steve and our team, both in terms of experience and passion as well as a commitment to customer success," said Troy Geisler, Talbert VP of sales and marketing. Gardonyi has nearly 30 years of industry experience and a Red Seal certification in trailer mechanics. Source:
Close Call for Towman
Wisconsin towman survives close call while working slide-off
Slight Dip in Highway Deaths
Preliminary numbers indicate 1 percent drop from 2016
Talbert Adds Sales Manager
Steve Gardonyi hired as Canadian sales manager

Towmen Just Want to 'Get Back Home'

Owner-operators from several area towing companies plus representatives from businesses and government agencies whose personnel work on busy roadways and highways gathered in the parking lot of Excel Body Works in Jacksonville, North Carolina, on April 13 for the Spirit Ride ceremony.

Derek Smith came with an entourage from his family-owned business Smith's Auto Service.

"I was riding in a wrecker since I can remember," Smith said. "I wish people would pay more attention out on the road. We're just out there trying to help people get home safely and all we want to do is get back home, too."

Smith said working a traffic wreck is much safer than being alone on the side of the road with a disabled motorist.

"When you're at a wreck, you have all the law enforcement around with their blue lights on and people generally stop or slow down. When you're out by yourself with a stranded driver they don't pay you much attention," Smith said.

The Spirit Ride continues on its journey this week with one stop in South Carolina and rolls on to sunny Florida after that. Ceremonies will take place this week at: Towing Recovery Association of South Carolina (Aiken, South Carolina) and John's Towing (St. Augustine, Florida), April 18; AAA (Orlando), April 19; Sheehan's Towing (West Palm Beach) and Zuccala Wrecker Service (Boynton Beach), April 20; Emerald Transportation Corp. (Pompano Beach), April 21; and G&C Automotive & Towing (Bonita Springs) and J&W Towing (Lehigh Acres), April 24.

To see the complete 2018 Spirit Ride schedule, go to

Sources:; AT Staff.
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• April 25 - May 01, 2018

Be Aware. [b]Be Astute.

Seriously, how much do towmen look after their health? I'm not just talking about annual visits to the doctor for a yearly physical or a visit to take care of a sustained injury. I'm talking about health-related issues brought on by prolonged exposure and stress.

I bring this up because Tow Industry Week in Las Vegas will be addressing the latter in its Health, Safety and Wellness Conference. Three seminars dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, driver intoxication and exposure to Fentanyl and blood-borne pathogens will be the topics of discussion.

There will also be a two-hour certification course, "Reasonable Suspicion," that is designed to provide a safe, drug-free workplace for all tow business owners. That will cover the indicators of probable alcohol misuse and use of controlled substances. American Alliance Drug Testing of Upland, California, will conduct the course.

There are a lot of risks out there on the road. Some you see, such as semis barreling down the road at 80-plus miles per hour. Others are more passive and manifest themselves in ways that sneak up on you.

Be aware. The Health, Safety and Wellness Conference will assist you in being more astute. More information on the Conference and the "Reasonable Suspicion" course is available at

--Charles Duke
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