|When should you call for towing, and when can you handle a roadside emergency on your own? |
This is a hard question for many drivers to answer, especially right after a breakdown. You may think that just letting your overheated car rest for a minute or trying to put on your spare tire by yourself are good ideas, but you may not realize how dangerous it is on the roadside.
It’s a Fact — Fatalities Are Rising
In 2015, there were 35,200 traffic deaths in the U.S., a 7.7 percent increase over 2014. Traffic fatalities are on the rise, especially pedestrian deaths. Pedestrian deaths rose 10 percent from 2014 to 2015.
So far, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not been able to explain the reasons for the sharp increase. While driving did increase in 2015, it only rose by 3.5 percent.
Even though the exact reasons for the uptick in roadway fatalities — particularly pedestrian deaths — have not been established, it’s clear you can take some actions that will decrease your risk of injury or even death, and one is get off the road right away if your car breaks down.
Proactively Prevent Breakdowns
You can’t always predict when your car is going to give you trouble, but you can stay on top of regular maintenance. Whenever you hear unusual noises or see blinking dashboard alerts, it’s time to take the vehicle in for service. Being proactively will help keep you safe.
If you do break down, you should be prepared. You should know who you’re going to call for towing if you need it. Make sure you have flares and reflective markers to set up around your car so that oncoming drivers can spot you, especially if you can’t fully move your car onto the shoulder.
Don’t Be a Hero
You may believe that if you could just get your spare tire on, you could possibly continue with your daily schedule without interruption. Don’t take the risk.
If you’re in a precarious spot, just call for towing. At the very least, you’ll have a helping hand in the professional tow truck driver, and together you may be able to get your car moving again without towing. It may take a little extra time, but it’s worth it to stay safe.
Trust Utah’s Top Towing Company for Reliable Service
Stauffer’s Towing responds quickly to roadside emergencies, even if you only need help with a flat tire. Call for towing whenever you need it, wherever you are, and get the prompt, professional service you deserve.