Getting Your Car Ready For Emergencies
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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.


Getting Your Car Ready For Emergencies

Watch For These Warning Signs That Suggest A Failing Car Battery

Eetu Ketola

When you experience car trouble, it's a comfort to know that you can call your local towing service and have a tow truck driver meet you at your location in a short amount of time. While the driver can certainly tow you to your mechanic's garage, he or she can also jump your battery if a dead battery is the reason for your breakdown. If your battery is the lone problem, there's no point in getting towed to the garage -- but you won't necessarily know that the battery was to blame if you aren't aware of the signs to watch for. Here are some warning signs that your battery could soon die. If you experience a breakdown after noticing these signs, call the towing service to get jump started.

Sluggish Start

Be aware of how quickly your vehicle responds when you turn the key in the ignition -- especially if you're starting the vehicle while everything is cold. If it takes a few seconds before the engine finally turns over and the car starts, there's a good chance that the battery isn't generating enough power. Even though you're often able to start your car, the battery is likely reaching the end of its life and could end up leaving you stranded.

Indicator On The Dashboard Display Panel

If your battery is dying, you'll often be able to tell by checking which areas are lit up on your dashboard display panel. Look for a small icon in the shape of a battery -- it typically is a rectangle and often has a positive sign and a negative sign inside the rectangle. The illumination of this light suggests a problem with the battery. If your vehicle won't start after you've seen this light come on, relay this information to the tow truck driver and he or she may be able to get you started with a jump start.

Terminals Are In Rough Shape

Take a peek under the hood of your vehicle and look at the condition of the battery. If the terminals -- the two bumps that stick up at each end of the battery -- are heavily corroded and look in otherwise poor condition, it's a pretty clear sign that the battery is reaching the end of its life and probably needs to be replaced. While your auto tow truck driver may still be able to get you started with a jump start, it's wise to think about having the battery replaced soon.