Then and Now

Sep 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Over the years, there has been a tendency in T & R for towers to follow in the footsteps of their fathers, grandfathers or whoever, and that’s good news. Also, the good news is that the gradual assumption of business responsibilities is much easier than just jumping into the deep water to begin with (and drowning).

The bad news is that the gradual takeover process tends to extend those initial business practices and habits that went out with mechanical wreckers. It also tends to limit our abilities to see and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

But, let’s take a look at the folks who started the business in the first place. To begin, vehicle traffic (and associated accidents) were but a small fraction of what they are today, so most towers then had a primary business (garage, body shop, car dealership, service station, etc.) that paid the bills. Wreckers were secondary and many were little more than an expensive necessity as they didn’t pay their way, forcing some to even seek non T & R work. But, the lower cost of mechanical equipment of the day made that all possible. Also, granddad learned his trade by trial and error because there were no trainers available and, for most, no towing associations where knowledge could be shared. Taken to another step, granddad lived an isolated life even though he often had competition across town.

Now fast forward to today. We have trainers that help us work smarter and safer, towing associations to share information and leverage our voices, and fantastic equipment of all sizes, shapes and cost.

And just think … it’s going to get even better.