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Progressive Ranked No. 1

Progressive Commercial topped the 2015 list of U.S. commercial auto insurers, according to data from SNL Financial, making it the No. 1 commercial auto insurer in the United States. Each year, SNL Financial releases the Commercial Auto Competitor Report, ranking the country's top 50 commercial auto insurers by U.S. written premium. Over five years, Progressive went from No. 4 to No. 1 for continued growth in all of their business market segments, especially their "for-hire" segments that include long-haul and specialty trucking risks. Source:
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Towman Helps in High-Speed Chase

Officials in Phoenix, Ariz., are investigating after a motorist took off from a high-speed crash overnight. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the incident began when a man driving on I-17 around 100 mph rear-ended another vehicle. An unidentified tower from Knight Riders Recovery in Phoenix saw the crash and went to check on the woman who was driving the vehicle that was hit. During that time, the driver of the suspect vehicle took off running. The tower tried to chase him in his truck until DPS and Phoenix police found the suspect and arrested him. Source:

ECCO Worklamp Recall

ECCO is conducting a safety recall of its first-generation EW2461-series worklamp. Due to a suspected manufacturing issue with one of the components, the product may overheat and present a risk of fire. This recall applies to lamps manufactured on or before Nov. 19, 2015, with the following model numbers: EW2461, EW2461-NA, EW2461-CAMO, EW2461CA-NA, EW2461CR-NA, 730-8216, 730-8217, 730-6225. Owners should stop using them and return them to the place of purchase as soon as possible for a replacement (subject to availability) or refund. Source:
Towman Helps in Hi-Speed Chase
Assisted injured motorist, gave chase to suspect
Progressive is Tops
Named number one auto insurer by SNL Financial
ECCO Worklamp Recall
Suspected manufacturing issue may cause problems

Cost Control Bill Signed in Ill.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed a bill aimed at controlling administrative towing fees in Illinois.

The bill limits municipal administrative fees to actual towing costs and gives owners 48 hours to move their vehicle from illegal parking places before impoundment.

The new law also prevents authorities from impounding a vehicle an owner was unable to move because of an emergency situation. And, if a car is wrongfully impounded, the county or municipality will be responsible for accrued attorney fees.


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Winching a Car Down a Hill

Winchingdownhill b75d5By Don Archer

I was out of breath and running to help my little brother when my wife's hand slapped me in the face, waking me from my dream. The phone was ringing and she was telling me to GET UP!

I was on-call and it was the Highway Patrol needing a wrecker.

I jumped up, put on my uniform and boots, and headed out the door on a cold December night.

When I arrived, the Trooper pointed me in the direction of the crumpled Ford Focus. It was up an embankment about 30 feet, lodged between some trees.

My job that night was to winch a car—down a hill. Unless the plan was to just cut her loose and let her roll, it wasn't going to be easy. I first needed to dislodge it from the trees; then, without losing control, bring it down the hill and land it safely on the shoulder. The trick was keeping it from running me over or rolling out into traffic.

As I surveyed the casualty, I stepped back for a minute just out of sight of the patrolman and scratched my head ... I couldn't have him thinking I was stumped. As I stood there scheming for a solution, I was reminded of the dream I was having only moments earlier of a somewhat similar dilemma I'd been up against years ago.

I was 10 and my little brother Troy was in trouble with the neighborhood boys. He'd retreated to as high a spot as he could get up an old oak tree. I ran to the sound of his yelling and found Kevin, Marty and Darrel gathering wood and placing it at the base of the tree. Their plan was to smoke him out.

Being a year older than the oldest of the boys, my first inclination was to run up yelling and threatening to "Kill them all," but since Marty had his BB rifle I decided against it.

I suppose I could have just let them do what they were gonna do; but I was responsible for my little brother. Since I'd already seen and heard the commotion, I had a stake in whatever happened next.

I assessed my options. I could try and take the BB gun from Marty and scare them all away but where would that leave us tomorrow? I looked for another solution.

I tried reasoning with the kids; that didn't work. I tried bargaining, "We'll rebuild your club house." But each solution offered was just dismissed with a wave of their hands.

And just when they were convinced I was out of options, I lunged at Marty and knocked the BB gun out of his hands.

All eyes on me, the gun fell at our feet. I kicked it and jumped on it. Marty jumped on me and we scrambled for control. Right when I was about to wrench his prized Red Rider free, twisting it from his grimy little hands, they made a move I didn't expect.

One would pull on my arm while the other would yank on the gun. When nothing seemed to work, Kevin stood up, reared his foot back like he was going for a homerun in kickball and kicked me in the face.

That's the bad news.

The good news is all that blood and hollering scared the living daylights out of 'em, and they ran off. Troy didn't get smoked out and we didn't have to fight again the next day. Of course I had a bloody nose and a sore upper lip for a couple of days but sometimes going backwards works.

Back to the present. I noticed a sturdy oak tree almost 20 feet up from the wrecked Focus.

Could this be the solution I was looking for?

I walked it out, did a little math, added in a splash of geometry and decided it'd work. All that was left was the implementation. I snatch-blocked off the tree and used two winch lines, one pulling against the other. I first pulled the car backwards toward the tree and maneuvered it so that I had the control to not only dislodge the car, but also swing it free and slowly lower it to the shoulder, avoiding additional problems.

I thought I'd been stymied, but everything worked as planned and I walked away victoriously and gained a little something from the whole ordeal: a new perspective.

I couldn't immediately see the solution when I arrived. But the reason wasn't because it was too dark, or too cold or I was too tired. It was because I was stuck—I didn't want to see the bigger picture. I wanted to recover a vehicle that was wrecked down an embankment not up one.

Just like that day and this casualty, sometimes the best solution to a problem is something you can't plan for. You get lucky, and it simply appears.

Don G. Archer and his wife, Brenda, own and operate Broadway Wrecker in Jefferson City, MO. Don is also multi-published author, educator and speaker helping others to build and start successful towing businesses around the country at Want to learn more email him direct at

Subjects? Issues? Help!

Although summer's coming to a close, we're already planning for next year. To that end, we'd like your help with something.

One of the central highlights of all of the American Towman expos and shows is our seminar program. Year after year, show after show, tow bosses tell us how much they learned in the many sessions and how the seminars help them run their businesses more effectively and efficiently.

What subjects would you like to see presented at an upcoming seminar? What issues currently affecting your business would you like to see addressed?

Send your thoughts and ideas to me at so that we can try to address your needs at an upcoming American Towman show next year!
--Charles Duke
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