If you take proper preventative care of your car then you’ll hopefully never experience being stranded roadside and in need of a tow truck. But, if you aren’t that lucky and one day find yourself stuck at a light or on the side of the road, it’s a good idea to be prepared for what to do, and not do, if your car decides to stop working – because car breakdowns can happen anytime, particularly at the least convenient times, in the worst possible places.
Hopefully you’ll never need to use these, but in the event you find yourself in need of a tow, here are some tips to remember so you can be prepared.
Get Your Car Out of Traffic
Your first priority is to get your vehicle to safety. Even if the engine cuts out, attempt to coast your car to the side of the road on a straightaway, avoiding curves if possible. If you’re stuck in rush hour traffic and can’t get out of the flow of cars, never get out of your vehicle. Turn on your hazard lights and call 911 immediately.
Call for Help
If you’re not safely out of the flow of traffic, your first call should be to the police. Then, if you have roadside coverage, you should give them a call. Finally, if you don’t have roadside service, you’ll want to call a towing company to tow your vehicle to Discount Muffler, Brake and auto repair in Palatine, IL. You can count on our experienced team to pinpoint the problem and get your vehicle running again.
Stay With Your Car
Once you’ve called roadside assistance or a tow truck, you should stay with your car until help arrives. If there’s a barrier, then wait behind it. If there isn’t and traffic is somewhat close to your car, then stay in your car with your seat belt on.