From the Training Desk with Shane Coleman

From the Training Desk with Shane Coleman

Being visible or being seen…

Hello from the “Training Desk”! 

It has been said that the commodity of today is attention. In the busy world we live and work in, there are so many distractions! It’s easy for us to lose the attention of those around us. Most importantly, this applies to the professional towing, recovery, and road service providers that are on the roadways in all conditions, day and night. 

Distracted drivers are at an all-time high, combining that with weather and time of day, this lessens commuting traffic’s ability to see our operators on the roadways. It is essential that the operators are dressed in the highest recommended visibility work gear to increase their chances of being seen. The Federal Highway Worker Visibility Rule (23 CFR Section 634) requires all workers along federal highways wear ANSI Level 3 (American National Standards Institute) approved garments. 

Road service professionals consistently work on roadways where speeds exceed 50 mph. For this reason, it is required that the operator wear ANSI 3 Level garments with high-visibility and retro-reflective materials. There must be a minimum of 1240 square inches of high visibility and 310 square inches of the retro reflective material. The wearer must be identifiable as a person from a minimum distance of 1280 feet. We can keep confident that this is easily done as there are several options to accomplish this.  Available today are several options to meet this need such as ANSI 3 vests, coveralls, and even uniforms with the materials sewn into the fabric. The official position of ERSCA is to follow these guidelines so that needed visibility and attention is given where it is essential, on our roadway heroes.  It is one thing to be visible, but another to be seen. 


Stay Safe out there.


  1. Philip Maher on November 23, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Here is what I have to say about this …when is it going to requirement of all towing and roadside service company to have dash cams running while the trucks are out on the road … So when these car’s and trucks don’t slow down when passing us on the road was can record the plate and this can be downloaded to the police in the event that a driver is hit ….and maybe than people will start slowing down and moving over

    • Steve on December 1, 2020 at 3:12 am

      Good idea Phillip. If this were to take place then the only issue is lack of enforcement which seems to be an issue in many cities across the US. How do we get law enforcement to better enforce the slow down move over laws? I’ve heard many departments say they don’t have the man power. I’m sure that is valid but that shouldn’t stop us from seeking a solution

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