Breaking down in a vehicle is something that everyone will experience at some point if they have been driving long enough. It's only a matter of time that your battery will die, your engine will conk out on you, or something else strange will happen that requires towing service. When this day comes, you want to be able to know exactly what to do. This article will explain what should take place when your car breaks down so you can get the towing service you need.
1. Figure out what you can and can't do with your car and make it as safe as possible
First, try your car out a few more times before calling a tow truck driver. It's better to make sure it's not just a hiccup so you can save yourself the trouble if it's only minor. Take the keys out of the ignition and try starting your car once or twice more. After you know it won't start or you are otherwise unable to move it, make sure that your car is as visible as possible. Depending on where the car is stranded, it might make sense to surround it with reflectors or flares. Stay with your car and keep it locked until help comes.
2. Find out where you are
Get a close approximation of where you and your vehicle are located. The reasons this will help are twofold. One, you will know what to tell the tow truck driver so that they can find you. Second, you can look around and get some bearings of your environment to help you stay safe and in control. Look for intersections, mile markers, business addresses, landmarks, or anything else that can help your driver find you. Have your vehicle registration ready and the towing service know your license plate and vehicle make and model so you are easily spotted.
3. Call the tow truck driver and decide where you'd like to tow your car
Once you have all your information, call a few tow truck drivers to get an over the phone price quote. Figure out where you would like the car towed and whether the driver has recommendations of auto repair shops. Confirm the towing service with the truck driver so you can get an estimated time of arrival. Stay with your car and be sure to verify the tow truck driver when they arrive.
Use these tips the next time you require tow truck service. Contact a towing service for additional information.