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  1. Safety is the focus of the Tow Times June issue, and topics include how the coronavirus has changed the way tow operators view personal protective equipment, truck lighting for safety on-scene and while in tow, and our safety writer Patrick Gratzianna offers 10 tips to improve your odds of staying safe in hazard-rich environments. As a bonus, the Recovery Review department highlights how operators in Arizona winched a pickup 1,000 feet across rocks and up rock faces in a remote area. Find this and more in the Tow Times June issue. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  2. Installing Old-School Wrecker on Bruce's Truck! || Jamie Davis Towing
  3. By Geri Roskopf How many times has a kid told you a knock-knock joke and while you groaned at the punchline, the kid just laughed and laughed? Most often, knock-knock jokes are just plain annoying, but on the flip-side, the great thing about a knock-knock joke is it’s interactive. You have to respond to get the punchline. I can hear you asking: “Your blog is supposing to be about the towing and the recovery industry. What’s with the knock-knock jokes … and your punchline is?” I think many of us could use a silly knock-knock joke — just to help us get through the craziness of our world right now. I’m almost to the point where I don’t want to watch the news anymore, but it’s sort of like watching a horror film. You cover one of your eyes because while you’re not sure what’s coming, you don’t want to miss it, either. Besides what’s happening in our world, nation and communities, I’m still having to deal with all of the “normal” day-to-day operations of my towing business. A hydraulic hose went out on one truck, one of the heavy duty trucks hit a deer, new tires were needed on a trailer — and that’s just the equipment. What about my employees and their safety, anxieties and emotions over the COVID-19 pandemic? I am so grateful to have them come in every day to work and continue to help the motoring public. So, here are two knock-knock jokes you can tell your kids or grand kids: Knock, knock Who’s there? Tank Tank who? You’re welcome! Knock, knock Who’s there? Annie Annie who? Annie thing you can do I can do better! Thinking of you – stay safe. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  4. Due to popular demand, Peterbilt Motors Company has announced the return of the Model 389 Pride & Class package. The Model 389 Pride & Class package was introduced with a limited production run in 2014 and 2017. Key external features of the package include a highly polished hood crown surrounding a classic style louvered grille sheet, a polished hood spine, chrome hood side accents and polished hood fenders. The side of the truck is accentuated with polished rocker panels, bright cowl skirts, battery box, fuel tanks and trimmed mud flaps. The exterior look is finished off with a polished exterior sun visor, bumper, exhaust stacks and a Pride & Class emblem on the sleeper. Package features continue on the inside of the truck with a Platinum Arctic Gray interior, charcoal dash top and Blackwood-finish trim accents throughout the cab. Premium black leather seats are embroidered with the Pride & Class logo on the headrests and coordinate with the black, luxury carpet lines in the cab and sleeper. Bright gauge bezels, a special steering wheel and Pride & Class emblems on the dash and accent trim round out the interior. The Model 389 Pride & Class is available now for order through Peterbilt dealerships. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  5. Michigan-based SoundOff Signal®, maker of vehicle lighting, control systems and electronic warning solutions, has announced a joint development and distribution partnership with Ireland-based vehicle intelligence and fleet management provider ACETECH. The development will allow ACETECH to partner with SoundOff Signal’s leadership in emergency vehicle lighting and integrated control systems to bring new innovation to intelligent controls solutions for the police, fire, emergency medical services (EMS) and amber markets. “This technology partnership just makes sense for both SoundOff and ACETECH,” said Doug Baker, SoundOff Signal chief innovation officer. “The technologies available through SoundOff and ACETECH complement each other and will allow us to accelerate our ability to bring advanced control systems to our traditional markets. It will rapidly benefit our customers by leveraging the depth and best-in-class products and technology, making way for next generation secure connectivity capabilities to meet each market’s rapidly-changing safety, efficiency and performance needs.” “ACETECH and SoundOff Signal working together to bring innovative new technologies to the emergency services market is a really exciting development,” said Martin Minnock, chief technology officer at ACETECH. “The opportunity for the two organizations to collaborate on integrated control and vehicle intelligence systems is remarkable and will bring positive, real-world benefits to all our customers.” “On the distribution side, this partnership will allow SoundOff Signal to multiply its sales forces and customer support to provide complete system solutions globally,” said Drew Radtke, SoundOff Signal vice president of sales. For more information about SoundOff Signal visit soundoffsignal.com. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  6. Each year the Women of the Towing and Recovery Association of America (WTRAA) Scholarship Fund, under the Towing and Recovery Associatio of America (TRAA) Education Foundation Inc., awards over $5,000 in scholarships to children and grandchildren of TRAA members to assist them in completing their education. Approximately $5,000 in scholarships are awarded to students each year based on merit, financial need and the candidate’s overall character, community involvement, family service, etc. Scholarship Requirements*: Must be a member of TRAA, or a child or grandchild of a TRAA member in good standing as defined by TRAA by-laws. Membership must have been current for 36 consecutive months prior. Student must attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university High school or college GPA of 2.8 or higher Evidence of financial need Demonstration of leadership qualities All application questions and requirements are completed Physical applications are mailed and postmarked by the application deadline Apply by June 6, 2020. Download the scholarship application here. Questions? Click here to submit email inquiries. (Inquiries only) *Qualifications subject to verification and change by the WTRAA Scholarship Trustees. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  7. BTS: Sneak Peak Of HighwayThruHell's Opening (SEASON 9) || Jamie Davis Towing
  8. Will Jamie Ever Buy a Rotator again? Q&A || Jamie Davis Towing
  9. When you go to the emergency room or doctor’s office you’re asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 — zero being no pain and 10 being the most severe. My question to you today is not so much about physical pain, but what about your mental pain? When you own or work for a 24/7 towing and recovery company you will most likely have some anxiety, but now add in all the other stressful concerns of the times we’re living in — which can lead to anger. While anger is a normal emotion that everyone experiences from time to time, being able to control it is important to help you avoid saying or doing something you may regret. I have to confess, I lost it this week. It took me a while to calm down and then I felt foolish for reacting the way I did. I could’ve handled the situation so much better, and my own words that I told my children many times — be the better person — came flying back in my face. I know I’m better than the person who flew off the handle. My husband has been calling me grandma crab-pants, and while I try and laugh it off, that time I really was a crab-pants. I know it doesn’t pay to worry, and worry escalates anxiety. We’re all facing uncertain times, and I’m only human. A tow lady friend advises to practice gratitude, and to write in a journal. Taking a moment to focus on what’s right when everything feels wrong helps you realize how many good things you have in your life. Take it from grandma crab-pants, don’t escalate any pain to a 10. Stay safe and thinking of you. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
  10. A flooding emergency deemed “catastrophic” has occurred in mid-Michigan after multiple dams failed on the Tittabawassee River during the first of this week. Approximately 10,000 people were asked to evacuate their homes. Flooding resulted from heavy rains that fell in central Michigan on May 17. In the following days, dam failures caused rivers and streams to overflow, inundating surrounding areas with floodwaters. One of these areas is Sanford, Mich., home of Cole’s Wrecker Service & Garage, a a family-owned towing and recovery service in business since 1924. The company suffered extensive flood damage on the heels of economic hardship brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. A GoFundMe page has been set up for owner Dennis Cole. Those who would like to make donations can click on this link. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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