Winter Storms Bring Surge in Business for Tow Trucks
Slick roads keep drivers working 24/7
If you’ve driven anywhere in town over the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed some roads are worse off than others. While snow, rain, wind and icy roads are usually bad news for commuters, it’s good news for some local companies that are seeing a seasonal spike in business.
It’s a regular Tuesday, and thousands of people across town are heading into work. Will Young, a tow truck driver, is behind the wheel a lot, and over the last few weeks he’s seen just how bad the commute can be. He says the tricky driving conditions are caused by slippery roads, and a few other things. “Just people in a hurry, and not paying attention,” Young says.
There are times that are worse than others. “At the end of a snow, or at the very beginning of a heavy snow,” says Young. Like over the last two weeks, when freezing rain, high temperatures and several inches of new snow added a fresh layer of ice to Anchorage roads. That means a spike in business for local tow companies. During peak times, Young is answering calls 24 hours a day.
Some call this season the most wonderful time of the year. If you drive a tow truck, it’s the busiest time too.
The experts say the key to staying on the road is simple: slow down and stay focused.