Waiting for towing services sounds like a simple task, but it comes with its associated risks. Since you are on the side of the road most of the time, you need to take measures to keep yourself and other motorists safe as you wait.
You need some strategies to help you stay safe on the road. Below are steps to keep yourself protected as you wait for the towing services to arrive?
- Pullover safely
Sometimes, your vehicle breaks down in the middle of the road. If your car fails mid-road, you can cause some serious accidents or even be a victim of a crime. More importantly, you cannot leave the vehicle on the road because you might end up blocking the path for your fellow drivers.
Pull up to a safe location as you try to call for towing services. Keep your car away from any traffic, especially if the road ahead or behind is not very clear.
If your car is not visible, you can use your warning reflectors to enhance visibility.
- Wait outside your car
Once you have called the towing services, you might want to wait in the car because of the cold or just tired. However, if you are not confident in the visibility of your vehicle, you can stay outside and notify other drivers of your location.
If you do not have any indicators to warn other drivers, then find a spot away from traffic to sit and wait.
- Do not use your phone until it dies
If you notice your phone’s charge is low, it is best to conserve it, for when you want to pinpoint your location to the towing service company coming to your aid.
- Beware of strangers
Many good Samaritans and people are trying to take advantage of others alike exist in the world. So, if anyone comes to offer help, you have no way of discriminating who is genuine and who is not. You can stay safe by locking your doors and windows and waiting patiently for the towing services to avoid any confusion.
- Reduce tension
If you have passengers, they are probably worried about the situation, and tension is only building up. Calm people are less likely to panic, and you can help them remain calm by offering some form of entertainment. Create a conversation or listen to something fun. If you can kids onboard, find games to play as you wait for the towing services.
- Always ask for identification
As mentioned before, you never know who is honest and who is fake. So, when towing services arrive at your location, you have a right to ask for their identification. This way, you avoid situations where you entrust your vehicle to people not authorized to handle it.
- Finally, keep an eye on the towing company
There are numerous cases where clients have to deal with damages t their vehicle later because they did not notice the towing company mishandled their truck. Avoid being in such a fix by keeping an eye out for all their activities. And if you see any damages, be sure to ask for compensation, lest your wallet suffers.
Waiting for towing services can be nerve-wracking, especially if you are in the middle of nowhere. However, you can keep yourself and passengers in the vehicle safe by following the tips listed above and being patient as you wait.
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I appreciate the tips about what to do for a tow truck. My brother needs a tow truck now. He should make sure he gets his stuff out first.