Waiting for a tow truck can be frustrating. But whether this is your first time or your tenth, it is important to follow specific safety procedures so the process of getting you and your car off the roadway is uneventful. Here are four good ways to spend your time:
1. Set Up Safety Markers around Your Car
Before you even call for towing service, you should put on your hazard lights. If the section of road or highway you are on is dangerous, do not leave the vehicle. If not, exit from the side of the car along the shoulder and place flares or safety cones behind and in front of your vehicle to help warn approaching traffic. After this is complete, immediately get back inside your vehicle and buckle your safety belt.
2. Gather All Vehicle Paperwork and Necessary Belongings
You will need your vehicle’s registration once the tow truck arrives. Locate this document along with your insurance information while you wait. Make sure you have your license on hand as well.
Gather up your valuables and any items you do not want left behind in your vehicle when it is towed.
3. Do Not Speak to Other Motorists
Keep your doors locked at all times. If the driver of another vehicle stops to help, do not open your door. Lower your window just a bit to speak to the motorist and tell him or her clearly that a tow truck is on its way. You have no way of knowing the motivations of those you meet on the roadway, and you should stay alert to any potential threats.
Do not be fooled by the appearance of another tow truck driver. If a towing driver stops to help and he or she is not from the company you called, do not allow him or her to hook up your car. Many dishonest towing firms capitalize on the desperation of stranded motorists, and attempt to scam them into high-fee service.
4. Alert the Tow Company if You Feel Unsafe
If you are in a deserted area and you are not confident of your safety, tell the towing operator on the phone. He or she will contact the local police and ask for an officer to be sent.
Call Stauffer’s Towing any time of the day or night when your car breaks down. The friendly, professional team will respond to your call right away, as well as offer additional suggestions on how you and your vehicle can stay safe while waiting for a tow truck to reach the scene.