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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Tow truck companies in the Tennessee Valley have been swamped for a couple of days now.  Bobby Hall, the owner of Roadside Towing in Huntsville, said on Friday his drivers worked for 26 hours straight. Ice on the roads Friday bought a lot more problems than the snow.

"There is really not a whole lot of comparison as far as if you are trying to drive on ice verses snow. Snow is more forgiving," said Bobby. But bottom line, both cause extremely dangerous driving condition. Many people in the Tennessee Valley learned that lesson the hard way Friday night, which lead to most people staying at home after the big snowfall.

Through both Winter Storms, tow truck drives saved countless people from having to spend the night in their cold cars. Sometimes drivers would even put it all on the line to rescue those needing help.

"You are trying to do your job and watching for vehicles sliding at you while you are doing your job," said driver Russell Patten. Patten believes he is good at what he does but he says in the ice there is simply no control. When you are driving your car and see a tow truck helping some one, make sure to slow down and move over. These are simple solutions that can help insure their safety.

Patten says it does not take much to injure a driver, "sixty, seventy miles an hour on any road. Something as simple as a small mirror -- you'd be done. That would be the end of your ride."

Tow truck drivers, first responders, police officers, and fire fighters are working together to bring more awareness to this issue. In the past workers all came together and hosted an awareness drive down I-565. They plan to have another one in the spring.

Do your part, be respectful, and move over.