Tow truck drivers working overtime to keep up with stalled cars in cold
KETTERING, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Tow truck drivers are logging overtime hours as motorists are seeing the impact of the cold on their vehicles.
Most of the calls have to do with dead batteries, frozen fuel lines or deflated or flat tires;
"I came out of work last Wednesday, it would not turn over," van owner John McGimsey said. "It gets close but it won't turn over."
So McGimsey had his van towed to his house.
"The gentleman thought it was fuel line freeze up because I was low on gas," he said. "You should always keep your gas full in the winter time, I've learned."
After a week in the warm garage and gas put in it, the van still wouldn't start.
"I'm going to have them tow it to the repair shop down the street and see what happens," McGimsey said.
Joe Pate with Sandy's Towing went to the rescue.
He and other tow truck drivers have been busy for a couple of weeks now.
"Been slammed, especially when it gets really , really cold, nobody's car starts," Pate said.
Sandy's drivers are so busy that right now they're working seven days a week.
"It's just there's so many. I think yesterday they were holding 90 calls," said Pate.
After dropping off the van, it was on to the next call.
That time it was Moraine's finest with a squad car that won't start.
Pate said there are long waits for a tow.
"Yesterday was two to three hours, we try to let them know if they can get a ride, to get a ride so they don't freeze.
And if somebody is waiting in their car, they usually take more of a priority than somebody who left the key with the car," said Pate.
More than 60 drivers were out working for Sandy's Towing.
Yesterday they had about 650 calls.
Joe Pate said he prefers working in the cold than the heat.