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Why Checking Load Height is a Big Deal for Towing Companies

Hey there, towing pros! We all know that towing isn't just about hooking up and driving off. There's a lot more to it; one detail often overlooked is checking the load height. Yep, we’re talking about the vertical space your tow takes up. It might sound small, but trust us, it's a big deal. Here’s why you should always keep an eye on that load height.

1. Safety First, Always

Picture this: you're cruising down the highway, feeling good about the smooth ride, and then BAM—you hit an overpass just a little too low for your load. Not good. Overhead clearances are there for a reason, and not paying attention can lead to serious damage—not just to the load, but to you and your tow truck, and worse, to the infrastructure.  Keeping your load height in check helps prevent these scary scenarios and keeps everyone safe on the road.

2. Avoiding Costly Fines and Delays

Getting caught with an over-height load can mean big fines, and nobody wants to deal with that. Plus, getting stopped for a height violation can throw your whole schedule off, leading to angry customers and missed appointments. By making sure your load height is within legal limits, you avoid these headaches and keep things moving smoothly.

3. Protect Your Gear

Your tow truck and equipment are your bread and butter. Overloading or improperly distributing the weight because of a high load can put unnecessary strain on your truck. This can lead to more breakdowns and repairs, which are both time-consuming and expensive. By keeping the load height in check, you’re also taking care of your gear, ensuring it lasts longer and performs better.

4. Boost Your Credibility with Customers

When you show up with the right equipment and attention to detail, your customers notice. They trust you to get their vehicle from point A to point B without any issues. By paying attention to load height, you’re showing them that you’re a pro who takes safety seriously. This kind of reliability builds customer trust and keeps them coming back whenever they need a tow.

5. Keep Your Insurance Rates Down

Accidents caused by improper load height can lead to insurance claims, which can bump up your premiums. Fewer accidents mean fewer claims, which can help manage your insurance costs.  Insurance companies offer better rates to companies with excellent safety records.

How to Stay on Top of Load Height

Alright, so we’ve convinced you it’s important. Now, how do you stay on top of it?

  • Measure Twice, Tow Once: Always double-check your load’s height before hitting the road. A good tape measure or height pole can be your best friend here.
  • Train Your Team: Make sure everyone on your crew knows how to measure load height and understands why it’s so important.
  • Check your Route:  Make sure your tow can fit the chosen route.  
  • Routine Checks: Incorporate load height checks into your regular vehicle inspections. It’s one more thing to add to the list, but it’s worth it.
  • Keep Records: Document the height of every load. This can help you spot recurring issues and show that you’re serious about safety and compliance.

Wrapping Up

So, there you have it—keeping an eye on load height is a small step that makes a huge difference. It keeps you safe, saves you money, protects your gear, and boosts your reputation. Next time you’re gearing up for a tow, remember to look up and check that height. It’s one simple move that can make all the difference.

Stay safe out there, and happy towing!

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