Whether your car’s engine broke down, the battery ran out, or you don’t have spare tire, surely there’s a towing company that can come save you. The wait could be long due to traffic, distance, or any other reasons. Instead of waiting, why not do something that will help you and the towing company once they arrive?
Here are some tips to maximize your time while waiting for the towing company to arrive.
- Know your towing company.
Always contact and verify the identification of the driver and the vehicle that’s going to provide the towing services. Other towing companies may offer you help while you are on the road waiting. Verifying important information can help lessen problems or misunderstandings between you and the towing company.
- Prepare the essentials.
To make towing faster and more efficient, prepare the things the tow company would need during the time you’re waiting for them. These would include identification cards, vehicle insurance documents, money, and other items that may be important.
Gathering your important belongings particularly in the glove compartment is important too as it would be difficult to retrieve them when they’re already in your towed vehicle.
- Be extra aware of your surroundings.
Having your car break down in an unknown place can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s starting to get dark. Although some motorists may want to help you while you are waiting for your tow company, others may take advantage of this situation. Don’t accept rides from strangers and always lock your car. If you are stuck near a forest or swampy area, be on the lookout for wild animals. If it’s winter, always stay inside your car for warmth and protection from frostbite.
- Put your vehicle to safety.
Always put your vehicle to safety even before calling the towing company. This can help prevent accidents for you and your fellow motorists. Always alert other motorists that you are not a moving vehicle. If your car broke down in the freeway or a busy highway, always try to park your car in the right shoulder.
While waiting for your tow truck to arrive, you should turn on your hazard lights or place reflective triangles a few meters away from your vehicle. Not only will this help in keeping your vehicle safe, it will also be a fast way for you to be identified by the towing company.
Waiting for your towing company to arrive need not be a waste of time. With these tips ensuring your safety and vehicle’s safety, having your car towed will not feel like a bother at all.
Written by the staff of Tiger Towing in Columbia, MO.