After I started traveling a lot for work, I realized that I needed to be ready for anything life threw at me. I didn't want to get stranded on the road without any supplies to my name. I started collecting little things that might help during an emergency, and it was amazing to see how much of a difference it made. When I was stranded a few months later, I was prepared while I waited for the tow truck. This blog is all about preparing for towing services and getting your car ready for emergencies. After all, you never know when you will be faced with trouble.
It is a very stressful experience to have your vehicle break down while away from home. Most drivers are not prepared for it when it happens to them the very first time, so they don't know what steps they should take. That's why you should do these 3 things if you find yourself stranded with a broken-down vehicle.
1. Get Your Vehicle to Safety
Your first priority will be getting your vehicle off of the road, since staying on it can be dangerous to yourself and other drivers. If something happens to your vehicle and you have an indication that it is dying, pull off to the road's shoulder or a nearby parking lot if possible.
Sometimes you do not have advance warning or cannot get to safety due to traffic, so turn on your vehicle's hazard lights. Contact the local police department to make them aware of your situation. They can help redirect traffic so that you can get your vehicle to an area that is safer for you and other drivers.
2. Contact an Auto Repair Shop
The next step will be to find a place that can service your vehicle. Get in touch with a couple auto repair shops. You will want to describe what happened to your car so that they know what kind of issue they'll be dealing with. They will let you know if they have parts on hand to perform the repair immediately.
3. Hire a Towing Company
You did not get into an accident, but your car insurance company may still help you out. You could have free roadside assistance with your policy, which will make it easy to get the help you need to repair your car. If your coverage offers it, the insurance company will dispatch a tow truck to you and you won't have to pay for the towing charges.
If your insurance policy does not offer towing service, try to contact the closest towing company possible to your location since some companies charge by how many miles they need to tow your car. (Others will just have a flat rate.) Ask if you will be charged for return mileage as well, since some towing companies account for the time it will take for them to get back to their own business once they tow you to a mechanic. Get more information by calling a service like Frank's Towing.
If your car breaks down and needs a tow, you'll now be ready to handle the problem.