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What type of training do tow truck drivers receive?

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Tow truck drivers receive training in different areas of the towing profession, including educational and practical training for operating light, medium and heavy-duty equipment. These programs equip applicants with the necessary knowledge and skills for proper and safe handling of tow trucks.

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The North American Towing Academy (NATA) offers light duty, light and medium-duty, heavy-duty programs to participants. NATA also provides custom-made programs to suit the towing needs of its customers. The company's light and medium-duty training course, which serves as NATA's flagship package, is a 2-day session that delivers fundamental and advanced concepts and techniques in dealing with light and medium-duty tow vehicles.

The first day of the NATA's light and medium-duty program is divided into a 5-hour classroom instruction setting and a 3-hour hands-on period. In the classroom, aspiring tow truck drivers learn about duties and responsibilities, safe braking and steering capacity, tow trucks, wheel lifts, car carriers and dollies. Students then participate in a 3-hour loading procedures activity.

On the second day, a 4-hour classroom discussion covers lessons in hazardous materials and bio-hazards, vehicle maintenance, recovery, medium-duty towability and medium-duty roll-overs. A 4-hour hands-on activity involving rigging and rollovers follows afterwards.

After successfully completing the NATA light and medium-duty program, training graduates earn a license to operate light and medium-duty tow trucks. This certification is valid for 5 years.

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