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 adjusted to driving life takes time. You'll need time to feel comfortable learning to pass others, watch the road and handle different road conditions. You'll also need to deal with the real chance that your car or truck will become disabled either on the road or in a parking lot somewhere. When that happens, panic could be the first feeling you have; so take deep breaths, then call a towing company and arrange for a pickup. Finally, use these recommendations.
1-Shut Off Heat Engine
If the engine is still turning over and you have a problem with another aspect of the car, you may feel in luck. If temperatures are low outside the vehicle, you might be relieved you can still access heat, for example. However, realize that if you aren't totally sure where the problem lies, running the engine could be risky. Not only that, but conserving fuel should be a priority. Tow drivers could be delayed and the heat you were going to rely on could fail if you're blowing it strong the entire time. Run heat and the engine periodically.
2-Stay Off Mobile
Even if you're not actively uncomfortable with your situation, boredom could arise. You may want to fit in a chat with a pal or call your spouse to pass time. Notifying important people to alert them to your predicament is of course natural and could help, but remember your phone's battery. If delays do happen and the driver makes attempts to directly contact you, a dead battery will pose many problems. Don't assume that battery life will be fine.
If you do contact your spouse or a friend and they drive to meet you, your immediate thought could be to leave the vehicle and allow the tow driver to load it without you. However, realize that is typically not a recommended move. Drivers need to meet the vehicle owner to determine that they're loading the right one, and other issues arise for a driver handling your vehicle without your presence. No matter what, be there when a driver arrives. If you're alone and want to quickly purchase a warm drink or pass time in a retail shop, the same applies--be there and available when your tow comes.
Your fears about being stranded will soon be relieved; don't neglect these recommendations in the meantime. Company staff and the tow driver should answer your questions so you feel confident that you'll soon be collected and home again.