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Tow companies brace for another busy day as cold moves in

Posted at 4:48 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 18:20:16-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Towing companies all across the metro are going to be busy on Wednesday, due to the cold temperatures.

They will be helping all kinds of drivers, whose batteries have died and other things that effect the car. Keep in mind, many drivers are just starting to recover from the last snow storm.

Tow truck drivers have a tough job during the winter. They have to deal with the harsh wind chills and the cold.

41 Action News spoke with one driver who said layers will keep them going tomorrow.

"Oh, it's going to be very difficult. I mean as you can feel the wind and stuff out here, it's piercing to even your clothing and all that," said Jayson Steeley, assistant operations manager at Santa Fe Tow Service.

"The biggest thing for us is insulated gloves. That literally saves our hands. Sure like hand warmers and things like that come in handy. But, keeping a spare set of gloves is very important to us," said Steeley.

MODOT crews also have a tough time during the winter. Because of the below zero wind chills, crews will work inside all day, if possible.

"What we have been telling them is to layer up because there is potential they will be out. However, we are going to try to keep everyone inside as best as we can. Now, if there is an emergency, we will have to send our crews out, but that's only in an emergency situation," said Markl Johnson with MODOT.

While inside for Wednesday, crews will be able to work on plows. They will be doing things like replacing the blades and making sure they are up to date for the next snow storm.