A common mistake I've made a few times over the years is forgetting to shift the truck's transmission in park during the hookup. On one occasion, I was impounding an older front-wheel drive car for the local county sheriff from the parking lot of a housing project. It was nosed into the parking space in park, so I backed up to the rear of the car, slid the Eagle Claws in place, lifted the vehicle, and strapped it down. Then I began to assemble the tow dollie under the front wheels. I activated the dollie on one side of the car. I then activated the dollie on the other side of the car, and to my amazement, it started rolling away. I had left the truck in reverse, but the towed vehicle's front wheels on the ground were enough to keep the whole thing stationary. Freed from their position with the activation of the dollie, those wheels weren't much help anymore. The dollie wheels climbed the curb and started over the sidewalk. I was on the wrong side of the truck to attempt to get to the cab and put the truck in park, or apply the brake. I grabbed the dollie release handles and deactivated the dollie. There was some gouging of the grass on the other side of the sidewalk by the dollie frames, but the truck and the car stopped. I smiled sheepishly at the sheriff's deputy, who gave me a puzzled look but didn't say anything.
I had a great career driving tow truck, with very few accidents/incidents that resulted in monetary loss for my employer. I hired drivers in my management time who did more damage in 90 days than I did in 15+ years. However, I had a LOT of close calls, often the result of my own inattention or overconfidence. Towing is an inexact science. There are a lot of variables. Kind of like life. And business. How you react to a situation of distress often defines your effectiveness. Something tells me that, in 5 or 10 or 20 years' time, when we look back at this current time of economic distress, we will ask ourselves, how did we react? Did we let the runaway car go off the cliff, or did we slow the moment down and locate our damage-control techniques? Could be the difference-maker.
Have a safe and profitable week.