In 1915/1916, Ernest Holmes, a mechanic from Chattanooga, enlisted the help of six men to use ropes and blocks to tow vehicles. He determined later that they could tow cars simplier by using a truck that was flat on the cargo end, hence coming up with the flatbed truck. Then he invented a type of crane lift that could lift cars that had been in accidents onto his tow trucks. In His hometown, there is a Museum dedicated to the history tow trucks (Chattanooga, Tennessee.) The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum displays restored antique trucks, wrecker type trucks, tools, even other equipment, as well as pictorial histories of the industry Holmes created. They also keep most of us in the towing business updated on current events in the industry, and they help raise money each year to help prevent accidents and loss of life on the road.
The largest challenge today among professional drivers across our country is public awareness of the "Move Over" Laws.
In a recent article from January 2019, (Cited, Palm Beach County)
Move over, Florida! That's the message from area law enforcement as they raise awareness during January's 'Move Over Month.'
Florida Highway Patrol and other agencies came together to push the importance of the law for both themselves and drivers on the road.
"The simple act of moving over gives law enforcement, first responders and other service vehicles the the time and space to do their jobs and increase safety on our roadways," Lt. Al Feola from FHP says.
According to the law, you must move over a lane, when safe, for stopped law enforcement, emergency, sanitation, utility service vehicles and tow trucks or wreckers. If you can't move over or you are on a two lane road, you should slow down at least 20 miles per hour under the posted speed limit.
You could face a fine or points on your license if you don't follow the law.