7 Ways Towers Can Prepare For Summer Weather


As summer approaches, preparing towers for summer weather is imperative. From hot temperatures to thunderstorms and other unexpected weather phenomena, tow truck operators and roadside assistance professionals must take the necessary steps to stay safe and provide efficient service to their customers. 

Here are seven tips that will keep tow truck operators prepared for summer weather and other undesirable conditions out on the roadways.

1. Check Your Tires

Hot weather can cause tires to expand and lose air pressure, making them more prone to blowouts. It is important to regularly check your tires to ensure that they are properly inflated and in good condition. Additionally, make sure that you have a spare tire that’s in good condition.


2. Keep Your Vehicle Cool

Hot weather can also take a toll on your vehicle’s engine and battery. Make sure to check your coolant levels and keep your air conditioning system in proper working order to prevent overheating. Additionally, consider investing in a sunshade or window tint to help keep the interior of your vehicle cool.


3. Drink Water

Staying hydrated is important for both your health and safety. Make sure to keep plenty of water on hand and drink it regularly throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks, as they can dehydrate you and make it more difficult to focus and stay alert while driving.

I always like to remind [my operators], and I’m sure they get frustrated with me when I say, ‘Hey, we’re grownups so we can handle this. But when it starts getting really hot, remember to keep a case of water in your truck,’” said Jeff Poquette, co-owner of Southside Wrecker Service in Atlanta, Georgia.


4. Plan For Thunderstorms

Summer often brings thunderstorms and other severe weather events that can make driving more hazardous. It is important to bring your high visibility rain gear and keep an eye on weather forecasts and plan your route accordingly. If you are caught in a thunderstorm, or in some cases a dust storm, more commonly known as a haboob, or even a tornado, pull over to a safe location and wait it out.


5. Be Prepared For Emergencies

No matter how well you prepare, emergencies can still happen. Make sure that you have a fully stocked emergency kit on hand including items like flares, jumper cables, and a first aid kit. Additionally, make sure that your phone is fully charged and that you have a charger or backup battery in your truck at all times.


6. Take Breaks When Needed

Driving for long periods of time can be tiring, especially in hot weather. Make sure to take regular breaks to rest, stretch your legs, and hydrate, and of course eat a snack or a meal if time permits. Additionally, if you start to feel drowsy or fatigued, pull over to a safe location and take a nap.


7. Be Mindful Of Summer Traffic

Summer is a popular time for road trips and vacations, which means more cars on the road. Be prepared for increased traffic and plan your routes accordingly. Additionally, be patient and courteous when driving.