Tow Truck Driver Tells It Like It Is

Apr 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri RoskopfI was looking at the Tow Times website and noticed an article under the News Update section about a tow truck driver from Arkansas, John “Bopper” Richardson.-

In the interview, John explained that his grandfather called him Bopper when he was a kid and the nickname stuck throughout his adult life. He’s been a tow truck driver all his life and was quoted: “There’s not a typical day on this job.”-

He explained what the day in the life of a tow truck driver is like. Working 24/7, being on call, sometimes making $900 one week and only $100 the next.-

He explained how physical the job can be when working long hours on a wreck that’s off the road, or how he can feel the change in the weather and know he will get busy and won’t be home for a while. He said he’s not a “storm-whisperer”, but he can tell when “it’s going to be ugly out there.” Bopper said a lot times he can go all night and not get any calls, but if it turns icy, “you know you’re going to make some money.”-

Bopper really enjoys visiting with the customers he helps. He tries to joke around to help put them at ease, but admits some can really be jerks (not exactly the word he used.)-

He’s also seen the other side of towing: a fatal crash he worked that involved a 17-year-old he knew. It’s hard to get those images out of your head when you close your eyes at night. You have to get a little hard, Bopper says. It’s not that you don’t care,” he admits, “It’s just part of the job.-

He doesn’t drink coffee to keep awake. Knowing his fiancé is always checking up on him to make sure he’s okay when he’s putting in long hours, and the fact that she’s home waiting for him, keeps him going.-

I think anyone in the towing industry can relate to Bopper’s story. I certainly did. (Well … except for the not-drinking-coffee part.)