Tips to drive by from a tow guy

On Tuesday, I spent two hours riding along with Walt Barrows, the Ladd's Towing employee who drives the Freeway Service Patrol tow truck during the weekday morning and late afternoon commutes on Highway 1. During that time, I learned a lot from Walt and thought I'd share a few of his points of wisdom with you:
  1. Pay attention to the road. I know you hear this all the time. But putzing with the cell phone or radio or fixating your gaze on the car ahead or what specific people are doing on the side of the road can cause traffic collisions. Walt has been struck and has witnessed traffic collisions while helping stranded motorists by drivers who were watching him instead of the traffic of ahead of them.
  2. If Walt sees you doing something illegal in your car while you are driving, he will alert the CHP. “I have a bird's eye view into vehicles,” he said. He's witnessed people drinking alcohol in their cars, as well as smoking bongs and crack pipes. “I've seen it all,” he said.
  3. If you are involved in a traffic collision anywhere, and the person who hit you or you hit says don't call the police, don't call the insurance company and/or demands or suggests you pay them cash on site, red flag. If they are saying don't get the authorities involved, they probably shouldn't be driving. Learn what to do after you are involved in a traffic collision at
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One Response to Tips to drive by from a tow guy

  1. Sto says:

    Thanks Walt for the info. Now I know if im drinking and driving,smoking a bong load,and talking on my cell at the the same time I need to not only watch out for cops, but also watch out for Tow Trucks unless its Rossi’s towi!!ng cuz they are on something too. Thanks for the tip Walt

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