Many people don’t know the steps in becoming a tow truck driver. After all, it’s not like it’s something they teach in school, and towing really isn’t something you think about until you need it. The process isn’t too dissimilar from becoming a big rig driver: you get certified, you get licensed, you get insured, and then you get a set of wheels.
So, first things first. Just like with considering doing repossession services, it’s best to get your feet wet with someone else’s company. Not only do you learn the ropes, but you also see just how many other companies are in your neck of the woods. It’s not like on TV shows where it’s just the one country bumpkin with a tow truck; nowadays, towing is a fiercely competitive industry, especially in bigger cities.
If you’re still interested in becoming a tow driver, your specific requirements are really going to depend on where you live. Like anything, local and state requirements are going to differ. Usually, and obviously, you have to be a minimum of eighteen years of age. That one shouldn’t be a problem for you. You’re probably going to have to be finger printed and go through a background check. This seems to surprise a lot of people, but it’s actually becoming more and more common in many different industries. Besides, you’re taking people’s cars; they need to be able to trust you. You have to have a standard driver’s license, obviously, and you’re probably going to have to pay at least one type of fee for the paperwork.
Even though a tow truck is not nearly as large as a big rig, some areas of the country are probably going to require that you have a commercial driver’s license, usually abbreviated CDL. This could be tricky for some. Getting your CDL means going through additional accredited training and completing both a written and a physical driving test. Just like your regular license, but harder.
You’re probably going to be checked out for any health issues. Your employer, depending on the company size or local regulations, may require you to take a vision test, a hearing test, and/or even a physical. I can all but guarantee a drug test. And lastly, your work hours are going to suck; nights; holidays; weekends; on call. Especially as the new guy.
Finally, certification probably isn’t required; but like anything, you’ll be taken more seriously for having one. It’s definitely something to think about if you’re going to make this a career.