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Become A Tow Truck Driver

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Working As A Tow Truck Driver

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $41,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Tow Truck Driver Do At Kelly Services

* Towing and transporting damaged and disabled vehicles.
* Changing tires.
* Jump starting vehicles
* Recovering accident vehicles
* Filling out basic paperwork
* Other Duties as assigned.
* Compensation:
* Base pay is $10
* per hour and pay is based on experience.
* After forty hours you will receive time and a half.
* The average employee works 60 hours per week.
* Employees will be paid weekly.
* After one year of continuous employment you will receive 1 week of paid vacation

What Does A Tow Truck Driver Do At AAA Motor Club

* Automotive problem solving
* Towing and recovery
* Jump starts
* Lock out service
* Fuel delivery
* Tire changes
* Minor mechanical repair
* Other duties as assigned
* High School diploma/GED preferred
* Pass a DOT physical including a drug screen
* Pass a driver's license check
* Pass a 7 year criminal background check
* Good oral and written communication skills
* Ability to work varying shifts/days
* Mechanical aptitude and lifting of heavy equipment
* Training:
* Our comprehensive and employee centric training programs help employees acquire various skills necessary to do their jobs and to support career development.
* Extensive training is provided for all incoming Fleet Service Drivers.
* B enefits:
* Health coverage for medical, dental and vision
* Paid time off including vacation, illness and holidays
* Life insurance
* Disability coverage
* Pension
* k) savings plan
* Employee discounts
* Career opportunities across multiple business lines and states
* Creating members for life by exceeding our members’ expectations through valuable products and legendary service.”_
* AAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

What Does A Tow Truck Driver Do At Extreme Recovery & Towing

* Check vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
* Follow appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.
* Inspect loads to ensure that cargo is secure.
* Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
* Secure cargo for transport, using ropes, blocks, chain, binders, or

What Does A Tow Truck Driver Do At Rays Towing & Transport LLC

Safely operate a heavy or tractor-trailer truck Load and unload cargo Properly track and document activity log Report any issues or incidents to dispatch Inspect truck before and after trip

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How To Become A Tow Truck Driver

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and attend a professional truckdriving school. They must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

Education

Most companies require their truck drivers to have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Many companies require drivers to attend professional truckdriving schools, where they take training courses to learn how to maneuver large vehicles on highways or through crowded streets. During these classes, drivers also learn the federal laws and regulations governing interstate truck driving. Students attend either a private truckdriving school or a program at a community college that lasts between 3 and 6 months.

Upon finishing their classes, drivers receive a certificate of completion.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering a requirement that mandates all newly hired interstate truck drivers to take a truckdriving course.

The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) certifies a small percentage of driver-training courses at truckdriver training schools that meet both the industry standards and the U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines for training tractor-trailer drivers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All long-haul truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Qualifications for obtaining a CDL vary by state but generally include passing both a knowledge test and a driving test. States have the right to refuse to issue a CDL to anyone who has had a CDL suspended by another state.

Drivers can get endorsements to their CDL that show their ability to drive a specialized type of vehicle. Truck drivers transporting hazardous materials (HAZMAT) must have a hazardous materials endorsement (H). Getting this endorsement requires passing an additional knowledge test and a background check.

Federal regulations require random testing of on-duty truck drivers for drug or alcohol abuse. In addition, truck drivers can have their CDL suspended if they are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or are convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle.

Other actions can result in a suspension after multiple violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website has a list of these violations. Additionally, some companies have stricter standards than what federal regulations require.

Training

After completing truckdriving school and being hired by a company, drivers normally receive between 1 and 3 months of on-the-job training. During this time, they drive a truck with a more experienced mentor–driver in the passenger seat. This period of on-the-job training is given so that the new drivers will learn more about the specific type of truck they will drive and material they will transport.

Important Qualities

Hand-eye coordination. Drivers of heavy trucks and tractor-trailers must be able to coordinate their legs, hands, and eyes simultaneously so that they will react appropriately to the situation around them and drive the vehicle safely.

Hearing ability. Truck drivers need good hearing. Federal regulations require that a driver be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at 5 feet (with or without the use of a hearing aid).

Physical health. Federal regulations do not allow people to become truck drivers if they have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure or epilepsy, which may interfere with their ability to operate a truck. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website has a full list of medical conditions that disqualify someone from driving a long-haul truck.

Visual ability. Truck drivers must be able to pass vision tests. Federal regulations require a driver to have at least 20/40 vision with a 70-degree field of vision in each eye and the ability to distinguish the colors on a traffic light.

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Tow Truck Driver Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    93.4%
  • Female

    5.5%
  • Unknown

    1.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.3%
  • Asian

    5.7%
  • Unknown

    1.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    75.0%
  • German

    4.5%
  • French

    4.5%
  • Polish

    4.5%
  • Swedish

    2.3%
  • Portuguese

    2.3%
  • Carrier

    2.3%
  • Tagalog

    2.3%
  • Arabic

    2.3%
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Top Skills for A Tow Truck Driver

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Top Tow Truck Driver Skills

  1. Motor Vehicles
  2. Drive Tow Truck
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated a flat bed tow truck to pick up and transfer motor vehicles to auto body shops or holding yards.
  • Dispatch Drivers to tow locations * Drive Tow Truck to pick up Vehicles * Acting Office Manager * Class B Driver License
  • up disabled vehicles, cash handling, customer service minor roadside repair, maintenance and repair of fleet vehicles
  • operate tow truck, road side assistance for AAA
  • Helped assist with stranded cars for AAA also changed flat tires, jump starts, gas calls etc.

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