Tow trucks keep busy on terrible roads
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Snow plows and tow trucks are out in full force across West Michigan.
Newschannel 3's Nicky Zizaza caught up with some tow truck drivers working to clear drivers stranded along roadways.
Phone calls have been pouring in to McDonalds Towing following the heavy snowfall around West Michigan where slick conditions and snow showers made for a busy afternoon and evening for tow truck companies.
McDonalds Towing has responded to more than 150 calls following this weekend's snow showers and with chaotic road conditions tow truck drivers said they have to be especially careful because they can end up in an accident during a recovery.
In this kind of weather with an influx of call they ask commuters to pay extra attention and make way for them.
Zach Clothier, the operations manager at McDonalds Towing, said, "We have large equipment lots of lights. If you can give us space to do our job and do it safely, that would make us more comfortable on the road and most likely be able to do our job in a quicker response time."
By 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, McDonalds towing had responded to more than 50 calls and with the snow expected to continue throughout the night they don't see things slowing down.
Spots on the roads remain slick and drivers should drive defensively, but stay home unless you have to get out.
If you do have to drive, Michigan State Police has tips for drivers:
Leave at least four seconds of space between you and the car in front of you.
Be careful at intersections, where moisture from exhaust can quickly freeze making these spots especially icy.
Steer into the skid, if you start to slide, don't panic take your foot off the gas.
Don't pump breaks - if you have anti-lock brakes do not pump them, use firm pressure until you come to a stop
Don't get out of your car, stay put and call for help.