Whether you’ve been involved in an accident or your vehicle broke down, call a tow truck to transport your car to an auto shop. However, calling for towing doesn’t mean that you’re no longer in danger. Follow the safety guidelines below while waiting for the towing company to reach the scene.
Get as far from moving traffic as possible.
If your car is still drivable, move it onto the shoulder. Leaving your vehicle in an active lane of traffic increases the risk of getting rear-ended by another driver. Once you’re off the road, only exit the vehicle if it is safe to do so.
Take steps to increase your visibility to passing motorists.
Even when parked on the shoulder, make yourself visible so that passing motorists will be aware of your presence. Turn on hazard lights and place reflective triangles or road flares in front of and behind your vehicle, especially at night.
Forget your belongings.
After a tow truck takes your car to the auto shop, you may not have access to it for a few days while mechanics repair it. Gather all your personal belongings before the truck arrives so that you have everything you need in the meantime.
Leave with anyone other than the towing company you called.
Some unsavory individuals try to prey on stranded motorists, so it’s safer not to accept help from anyone you don’t know. Before leaving with a tow truck, double-check that they are from the company you contacted.
If you ever find yourself in need of a tow truck, make Engel’s Auto Service & Towing your first call. Serving the Cincinnati, OH, area since 1966, their team provides both 24/7 emergency towing and reliable auto body work. To learn more about how they can help, visit them online or call (513) 385-8246.