Advanced Towing & Recovery Manual

The Advanced Towing & Recovery Manual© was designed to be used as a reference guide and educational textbook. The manual covers a variety of topics including standard tow truck equipment, braking systems, and truck safety. We also review the standard tools of the towing and recovery trade and heavy duty towing equipment such as chains, cables, hooks, straps, rope, hitches, winches, snatch blocks, and towing air cushions. The heavy duty towing manual addresses safe towing procedures and how to perform a heavy duty towing recovery including common scenarios and solutions heavy duty towing specialists face. Specialty scenarios such as towing under water recovery and aircraft recovery are also discussed.

Questions have been included at the end of each section to encourage better understanding of the theories and techniques relating to advanced heavy duty towing and recovery. Continuing education is essential in any career, especially for those working as heavy duty tow operators.

The Advanced Towing & Recovery Manual© was written by the Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc.® (TRAA) in 1992 and is intended for educational purposes only. This guide is not a recommended preparation tool for the Towing & Recovery Operator Certification Program® (TROCP®) Level 3 certification exam.

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