How to Become a Tow Truck Driver

Life as a tow truck driver is usually quite busy, but it can also be rewarding. There’s never a question that your job is needed, and you can always use your valuable skills. To become a tow truck driver, you need to gain training, education, experience, and skills. You also need to find a qualified professional towing company to work with. Here’s what you should do:

  • Get an education. You have to have either your high school diploma or your GED to become a tow truck driver.
  • Keep a clear driving record and know how to follow the rules. If you have marks on your record, you won’t qualify to become a professional towing technician. Following rules will be critical in your career, as you’ll need to be sure that the job is done safely and properly. You’ll also be expected to communicate with authority figures, which requires a knowledge and comfort with rules and law.
  • Gain experience and knowledge. While you can do this formally, you can also do it informally. Being a tow truck driver requires extensive knowledge and experience, so work at a mechanic shop, take training classes, gain driving experience, get comfortable with following directions and reading maps, and learn as much as you possibly can about cars and vehicles of all makes and models. The more you know, the easier your job will be when you’re out there on the road.
  • Develop professional skills. As a tow truck driver you’ll typically need to have skills in providing locksmith services, towing services, emergency roadside services, basic mechanical services, and more. But you’ll also need skills in problem solving, diagnostics, communicating comfortably with authorities, and customer service. A lot of people that professional tow truck drivers end up helping are cross, upset, angry, and frustrated with the situation they’re in. If you’re not prepared to handle these customers professionally by answering their questions, respecting their concerns, being sympathetic, and responding intelligently, then this may not be the job for you. If you’re good at communicating, handling difficult situations, solving problems, being patient, being level-headed, and showing sympathy, customers will be grateful for your help and you’ll find them coming back for help whenever they need it.

As a towing technician, you have the opportunity to use your skills and tools to save vehicles and drivers. Your job will be invaluable. We at Markham Towing can help you to develop the skills and provide a platform for you to strengthen your abilities, find customers, and gain experience. All our technicians are professional and know how to run a good business. To learn more about how to become a tow truck driver in Markham, contact us at Markham Towing.