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Towing big rigs is big business this winter

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In addition to the snow, a lot of overtime is piling up for local tow truck operators. Wednesday has been one of many long days for them this winter and its all adding up to a very successful year for the businesses.

Kevin Piasecki makes his living getting semis back on the road, "Today is bad because the snow is so wet that once you drive over it turns to ice. It's been tough because people seem to be just driving off the road." The road conditions are making it tough for tow truck operators to get from one scene to the next, "Part of the problem is that it takes so long to get from one point to another. It is really slow going and it's slow getting them out once you get there. This job was fairly easy, but during my last job we were spinning on clear ice on flat ground, so each situation is different."

Towing semis is much different than towing other vehicles, "You're dealing with so much more weight and the situations that semis get into seem to be worse but weight is the primary issue." Because of the weight getting everything just right to tow a big rig is a complex process, "It's knowing what you can do with your machine to use it to its full potential."

All the white certainly means a lot of green for tow companies, "Its been good for business there is no question about that and everybody is pretty doggone busy. However all that work  comes with a lot of stress and a lot of long hours trying to keep up with everything and it hasn't let up for most of the winter."

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