More vehicles are on the road, which means roadside recovery services are in high demand. The roadside recovery market is growing year on year, and now is the ideal time to launch a roadside recovery business. Starting any business is hard work, but you will enjoy great benefits, including complete control over your work schedule and increased earning potential. With that in mind, here are the steps you will need to take to start a roadside recovery business:

Write a business plan

Every successful business starts with a solid business plan. You need to assess your business idea, set realistic goals, and come up with an action plan to achieve your short-term and long-term business objectives. You must also calculate all of the costs involved, including startup expenses, ongoing overheads, insurance, and so on. Finally, according to, you need to research your competitors and find out how many roadside recovery businesses are operating in your local area. Doing competitive research will help you identify ways to stand out in the market and grow a profitable business.

Buy essential equipment

Starting a roadside recovery business has fairly low startup costs when compared to other business types. That said, you will still need to purchase essential equipment before you can launch your company. The most expensive piece of equipment you need will be a tow truck. Choose a reliable model with the power and features you will need to do your job efficiently. You can visit a reputable supplier like Response Vehicle Lighting to purchase additional items like beacon lights, traffic cones, and more. You will also need to find a secure garage where you can store your truck and equipment.

Understand road safety rules

You must follow the guidelines set out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to ensure that your business is operating safely and legally. Failure to follow the relevant guidelines can lead to hefty fines and prosecution, so make sure you understand your responsibilities. In addition, various regulations must be followed; for instance, any vehicle with a gross weight of more than 3,500kg must apply for an operator’s licence.


You will also need to take out recovery truck insurance for any vehicles that you use in your business. Public liability insurance is not required under law, but it’s a good idea to have public liability cover for your business. Visit the GOV.UK website to check what is required before you start a roadside recovery business.

Promote your business

There is high demand for roadside recovery services, but there is also strong competition between businesses. Therefore, you must market your company and find ways to stand out from the competition. Social media platforms can be used to promote your services and build brand awareness. Post relevant content and start building a following online. In time, you should be able to build a steady stream of revenue through repeat business and customer referrals.


Follow these steps to launch and grow a profitable roadside recovery business.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.