Tow Truck Treks

February 1, 2007 - Posted at 6:05 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- Even though road conditions have improved since Wednesday, it's still advisable to stay off the roads if you can. However, many don't heed the warning and end up in the ditch.

Over the past day the area near Southwest Drive and Highway 63 has seen multiple cars that have lost control and slid off the road. While it is an agonizing situation for drivers, for wrecker services in the area, your pain is their gain.

"I mean we hate to see it happen, but then again it is job security," said tow truck driver Ray Buhrmester.

Buhrmester worked until 2:00 a.m. Wednesday night helping to tow drivers out of snowy ditches.  However, Thursday morning he was back at the wheel. And in this business when the phone rings it means it is time to go to work.

While the snowy weather causes havoc for some businesses at A-1 towing they pray for weather like this. According to their owner, business will improve 5 to 10 times with just one weather event.

"We probably towed in a four hour period 20 cars," said Buhrmester as he hooked up chains to a car.

But the white doesn't always translate to green.

"Yeah the money is nice but all it takes is one side swipe and it wouldn't be worth that couple of hundreds dollars extra you made doing it," said Buhrmester.

While Thursday afternoon was fairly slow, Buhrmester is ready to see the sun.

"I'm pretty excited for the warm to come, in the wrecker business you are going to stay in business," smiled Buhrmester.

In the two hours K8 News rode along, Buhrmester didn't have to help anyone who slid off the road. But he knows that conditions can change in just a few hours.

"If it is going to be like this, even this right here when the temperature drops, this right here will be worse than the snow," he said.

Buhrmester contributed the light work load to the city and county doing a good job keeping the roads in good shape.

"Hopefully they didn't do too good of a job so that we can work tonight," laughed Buhrmester.

Another reason for drivers to avoid sliding off the road is your wallet.  It can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 dollars for a tow truck to pull you out.  Also remember than if you do get stuck to be patient there are only so many tow trucks.