The Week's Features
Pulling a tractor from a creek from a compromised bridge isn’t easy
Proclamation issued as Spirit Ride rolls through Minnesota, Iowa
Fleet makeover attracts customers—and new employees
Experian report shows 60-day delinquencies remain flat
Wedge eliminates the need for extra tape or sleeves
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The AAA-Texas lockout session provides foundational training on lockout basics with a focus on damage prevention. Topics include; basic lockout guidelines, discussion of locking mechanisms, safety around airbags and key lockout techniques. The session will conclude with Q & A. The seminar will take place during Tow Expo-Dallas, August 16-18 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Register online today!
Spirit relays and rides in Grand Island and Kearny, Nebraska, June 19th and then rolls to Sterling, Colorado.
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJune 20 - June 26, 2018

Shaner's Tow Experiencing Call Increase

Right now, the heat is causing a lot of cars to break down. Shaner's Tow in Springfield, Illinois, is seeing five times their normal call volume. Staff said it's critical for trucks to get to the scene as quick as possible and they expect this trend to continue. "We just try to hustle, hustle, hustle more in this extreme heat." said Shane McDermith, owner of Shaner's Tow. All staff is on call to help with the increased volume. Source:
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Towman Lauded for Helping Woman

The selfless efforts of several Pflugerville, Texas, police officers and a towing company owner caught the eye of Pflugerville Police Chief Jessica Robledo, who commended the group during a special presentation at police headquarters last Thursday. Reid Courtney, owner of Finger Towing, received a Chief's Coin and praise from Robledo for helping a woman and an infant who were stranded with a stalled vehicle on Texas 130 this spring. Courtney said having Ludna Yacoub's husband deployed overseas by the military played a part in his decision to help. "He's taking care of us, so ... I just believe in giving back," he said. Sgt. Kevin Rowley and officers Tonya Reed and Glenn Hodgson were also praised for helping Yacoub. Source:

Diesel Prices Continue Slide

Diesel fuel prices continued their recent downward trend with a 2.2-cent decrease during the week ending June 18, according to the Department of Energy's weekly report. Following the drop in prices, the U.S.' average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $3.244, which is more than 75 cents higher than the same week a year ago. Prices fell in all regions across the country with the most significant decrease being seen in the Lower Atlantic region, which dropped by 2.7 cents. Source:
Towman Lauded for Helping Woman
Reid Courtney of Finger Towing receives Chief’s Coin
Shaner’s Tow Experiencing Call Increase
Wave of hot weather is keeping the phone ringing
Diesel Prices Continue Slide
Most significant price decrease seen in Lower Atlantic region

TDLR Workshop at Tow Expo-Dallas

A special two-hour workshop presented by the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration will convene August 17 at Tow Expo-Dallas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

Towmen are invited to join the TDLR towing team in covering and discussing recent updates to the notification requirements sent by vehicle storage facilities. The team will also answer any questions members of the industry may have. Learn how to come into, and stay in compliance with Texas towing/vehicle storage facility requirements.

Register online today for Tow Expo-Dallas at
Spirit Ride Update: Minnesota Declares June 13 Roadside Safety Day
• June 20 - June 26, 2018

Just Overgrown Pussycats

Towmen just have huge hearts. Yeah, I know: a lot of you try to maintain that rough, tough and gruff demeanor ... but when you dig deep, y'all are just overgrown pussycats, always willing to help those in need.

Where is this going?

Well, I was moved this week by the story of San Antonio towman Armando Colunga, who delivered pizzas to more than 50 starving undocumented immigrants found in the back of a semitrailer without food. He had heard the story on his local news, and it moved him to action

Personal politics aside, we're all human—and sometimes there's a tendency to forget that.

But is seems the towman never does, always willing to lend a helping hand.

That's why he's in the business he's in.

--Charles Duke
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Steck's I-Bolt: [b]Universal Tow Eye

iBolt product-shot 6dd56Steck Manufacturing's I-Bolt: Universal Tow Eye is designed to allow towers, body shop technicians, and mechanics to safely load disabled foreign and some domestic vehicles on roll back wreckers and frame racks, without causing damage. The I-Bolt is designed to fit threaded holes having diameters of ½" up to 1 ¼". Its design provides a universal hook up solution for the 200+ vehicles identified in the Towing and Service Manual from AAA. See this and other offerings from Steck Mfg. at Tow Expo-Dallas, August 16-18, at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center and Resort in Grapevine, Texas.
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