Did you know a tow truck operator and roadside assistance technician dies from a collision or someone failing to yield every 6 days?
The towing industry is 15 times deadlier than all other private industries combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Road Res-Q services all major highways, parkways, routes and main roads. We encounter close calls multiple times a day and we don’t want to become on of the statistics.
The Slow Down Move Over law and campaigns are to make the traveling public aware of the dangers and reducing deaths and injuries among police, fire, ems, tow operators, roadside assistance and highway workers. All 50 states have slow down, move over laws for emergency responders, which includes tow trucks, however fewer than 30 percent of Americans know about these laws, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland motorists are required to move over a lane when approaching stopped emergency or roadside assistance vehicles on highways, parkways, and main roads. After determining it is safe, drivers must move over to create a clear lane of traffic as they approach vehicles with flashing lights including tow service vehicles, motorist assist units, law enforcement vehicles, fire fighting vehicles, emergency medical service vehicles and Department of Transportation vehicles. Any service vehicle which is stopped and displaying strobe or flashing red, yellow, or amber lights is considered under these law. If motorists are unable to move over due to road or weather conditions, or traffic congestion, slow down and maintain a safe speed while passing. Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. Failure to follow the law may result in a fines and jail time.
Roadside service providers respond to over 30 million calls for assistance a year. Our lives are on the line every time we answer the call to assist. We stand on the side of the highway with vehicles traveling over 60 miles per hour just mere inches from us. It only takes one person to loose control, be distracted, or to be impaired to take our life.
We recommend the following precautionary tips:
Remain alert. Avoid distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, watching on your device, eating and drinking. Focus on the task of driving.
Maintain a visual lead of everything going on 30 seconds ahead of you. This gives you time to see problems ahead and change lanes and adjust speed accordingly.
Maintain a safe driving speed. The speed limit is not a recommendation, it is the limit in which you should be traveling. If you have to slow down for a vehicle on the shoulder, we recommend reducing your speed by at least 15 miles per hour less.
Emergencies can occur anywhere and at any time on the road. When you see flashing lights, slow down and prepare well in advance to change lanes. Allow others to merge into your lane when necessary. Be prepared for debris and workers to be on the shoulder or even in the lane of travel.
Don’t follow semi-trucks or other large vehicles too closely. If a truck moves over a lane, don’t speed around. They tend to be changing lanes for a reason; be prepared to change lanes yourself.
When road conditions are slick, don’t make sudden lane changes which can cause an uncontrollable skid. Change lanes early and move over gradually. Stay to a single lane for most of your trip and drive defensively.
Incidents can occur in any lane and shoulder. Be wary of issues on the left hand shoulder as much as the right. If you are unable to move over a lane, please slow down to a safe speed taking into consideration that you are approaching a workspace where debris and pedestrians are present.
The team at Road Res-Q asks for public’s support to protect all of the first responders who come to the rescue of motorists.
Slow Down, Move Over for the lives of our highway heroes.
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At Road Res-Q we understand breakdowns happen at the worst times of the day. When you have someplace to be and get into a situation beyond your control, we should be the first ones you call to provide you with the proper and safe service to get you on your way.
Our fully stocked trucks carry all the tools to really get you back on the road instead of needing a tow or calling for another company to help. We are able to handle all light vehicles, exotic, luxury, hybrids, light and medium duty dual wheeled trucks, trailers, and more.
Road Res-Q currently provides roadside assistance services to Alexandria, Annandale, Springfield, Arlington, Falls Church, and Fairfax. We also provide services to parts of Southern Maryland and Washington DC. If you are stuck on the highway or parkway we can Res-Q you there too!
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