Advice For the New Tow Truck Operator
If you can’t work crazy hours, spend a lot of time away from your family, or put your life on the line everyday to help someone else, then go back to your day job, because this job is like crack–once it gets in your blood, no other job can compare to it: the freedom, the money, the adrenaline rush you get, and the lives you help save. You aren’t going to get those feelings working at McDonald’s or some factory. A good tow truck driver needs to be committed, hard working and always self-sacrificing. You will put your life on the line countless times in a day for complete strangers who have no understanding or compassion of what you have given.
There will be little gratitude when you’re called from spouse and bed at 3a.m. to change a tire for some stranger in the middle of winter. The only consolation is that you will know. And you will pray that your better half also knows and supports you when you climb back into your magic truck–because it becomes almost as important as breathing.
What we do IS important and underrated. We are the unsung heroes of the road. And it helps if you’re a little crazy, too. It buffers the stuff that happens and helps you to step out on the wrong side of the white line while dodging hurtling masses of metal, while wearing ony a reflective vest and a smile for protection. Good luck, new tow operator.
Wayne Raven Pullinger