Life In The Fast Lane: True Confessions Of A Tow Truck Driver by Aidan ColesLife In The Fast Lane: True Confessions Of A Tow Truck Driver by Aidan Coles

Life In The Fast Lane: True Confessions Of A Tow Truck Driver

byAidan Coles

Paperback | May 1, 2013

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There is a dark underbelly to every city, and one group of professionals spend most of their time lurking within. Unloved, unappreciated, and mostly unseen: they are tow truck drivers. Join accomplished magazine columnist and 20-year towing veteran Aidan Coles as he blows the hood off the true story of what being a towman is.
Desperate to escape the winters of Ottawa, Aidan Coles found his way to Victoria, B.C. in 1995 and, armed with a resume of a few odd-jobs in towing and mechanics, sat down with the yellow pages and phoned every tow company in town until one of them hired him. That stubborn determination has seen him through everything that 20 years of ...
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Title:Life In The Fast Lane: True Confessions Of A Tow Truck DriverFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.2 inPublished:May 1, 2013Publisher:Promontory PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781927559079

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the many things I love about reading is... One of the many things I love about reading is that if you pick the right book, a whole new world is opened up to you. This was the case for me with "Life In the Fast Lane". What a fun and informative read about a realm I had no knowledge of. Thank you for cracking open the door in such an entertaining way.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fascinating read A breezy, boisterous read that taught me a lot about what goes on in the mean streets of the city. At times funny, at times tragic, this is an outstanding account from a real-life hero about what life is like in one of society's least-appreciated professions. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story hiding in plain sight Who would have thought that the life of a tow-truck driver was so fascinating? At times dark yet poignant, and at other times fun and hilarious, this is a must-read for anyone who's ever had to deal with a towman.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get Towed! I never realized being a tow truck driver could be so dangerous and interesting. I'm glad I read this book.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A memoir that will keep you laughing and then make you BE NICE to these guys Never knew reading about tow truck drivers would be so much fun, or so instructive. I've only had to call one once, and I recall how stressed I was. Would he find me, especially after I mixed up the street names nearest my stopping point? Would he be nice? Would he be nasty? Would he overcharge me? Good news: he found me, was nice, not nasty, and the fee was what I had been told by the dispatcher. Yeah! This book reminds the reader to BE NICE to these guys. Who else is going to get out of bed in the dark of night and plow through snow or rain or piles of mud to rescue perfect strangers?
Date published: 2016-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who Knew? Who Knew? Certainly not me. Let’s just imagine that, despite all reasonable efforts to maintain your vehicle—timely brake jobs, tune ups, oil changes etc.—it suddenly decides to be unappreciative and for no reason that you can discern it quits. You are then forced to come to a stop on the shoulder of a major speed highway. Yeah, it could happen. So who you going to call? Not ghostbusters, that’s for sure. It’s the tow truck driver who will receive that call and it is he or she who will ride to the rescue. They are, as it turns out more than a bit heroic. These drivers see some very tight and tense situations which require access to considerable expertise. And sometimes people are thankful and sometimes not so much so. Life in the Fast Lane recounts many ‘real life’ situations and the reader sees the ‘good’, the ‘bad’ and the ‘ugly’. (sometimes the ‘really ugly’). The book is entertaining and stories are written in a colorful and humorful way. It is an easy read, an enjoyable book and such I certainly recommend it. Who knew about the lives tow truck drivers lead? Certainly not me. But now, I do.
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who you going to call? A fast primer on how NOT to behave around tow truck operators. This is an inside look at one of the most underappreciated jobs in the world. And an important reminder that tow truck operators are emergency workers. When you're broken down on the side of the freeway who do you call?
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! A breezy, boisterous read that taught me a lot about what goes on in the mean streets of the city. At times funny, at times tragic, this is an outstanding account from a real-life hero about what life is like in one of society's least-appreciated professions. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-05-04