LAWTON, OK (RNN Texoma) - The roads could get a little icier, a little dicier, and a lot more accident prone. That means tow trucks are put into service.
"If you don't have to be out, don't go out but if something happens we're available to help," said Elaine Hilz, the general manager of Checker Wrecker & Auto Salvage.
Checker Wrecker & Auto Salvage is ready for when winter weather strikes in Lawton.
“We’ve actually purchased 13 new tires this week,” said Hilz. “We’ve got all new block heaters for all of our trucks. We run tire chains on the trucks. Also, if it gets that bad just because we want that little bit of extra grip for our drivers.”
On an average day, the towing service receives about 25 to 30 calls, but with winter weather on the horizon that number could triple.
“We put another dispatcher on,” said Hilz. “We increase our drivers just to make sure we are able to respond to everybody in a timely manner because being on the side of the road is a scary situation anyway. So, we want them on the side of the road as least time as possible.”
Tow truck drivers save countless people from being stranded in the cold and sometimes even putting it all on the line to rescue those needing help.
“A tow truck driver is killed every six days,” said Hilz. “It’s very dangerous for the drivers out there. So, it’s very important for people to know that Oklahoma does have a Move Over Law. So, we always want to make sure, especially when it’s icy that people realize as soon as you see the lights just get over or start to slow down.”
These are simple solutions that can help insure the safety of tow truck drivers.
If you do find yourself in an emergency situation call 911 or you can reach the Oklahoma Highway Patrol by dialing *55.