A few weeks ago when my car died while I was driving, I didn't really know how to handle the situation. After things went south, I pulled over as quickly as I could to wait for the tow truck driver. Unfortunately, my car was basically sitting in the middle of a busy intersection, which made it really hard for my tow truck driver to do his job. After police closed off the intersection, I was finally able to have my car towed to a shop. On my website, you might learn how to follow basic emergency protocol so that you can stay safe and expedite repairs.
Most people use their automobiles on a daily basis to drive to work, transport children, and perform daily chores. Thus, when your car won't start, it can be very frustrating. In the event that you can't get your car to start and nothing that you have tried has solved the problem, your best option is probably to have your vehicle towed to an auto repair shop so a mechanic can diagnose the problem and fix your car. If you know that you need to have your car towed, it is a good idea to be prepared. Use the following tips when having your car towed to a repair shop:
Remove Valuables and Personal Belongings
Before the tow truck arrives, take the time to remove any valuables that you may have in the car, as well as your personal belongings. In most cases, tow truck companies are not responsible for any items that are lost or damaged while the vehicle is being towed, so it is just in your best interest to remove them and place them somewhere safe. When removing your belongings, don't forget to check your trunk.
Gather Information About the Towing Company
Prior to releasing your vehicle to a towing company, ask a representative from the company for their contact information as well as their business license number. Doing so will make it easy for you to research the company to ensure that they are licensed to do business in your area. You can also use this information to find out if the towing company is reputable and well-reviewed or if it has complaints.
Make a Copy of the Auto Repair Shop's Address
When the tow truck arrives, the tow truck driver will need to know exactly where your vehicle is being towed to. You can't expect a tow truck driver to know where to go if you just provide a name of your preferred auto repair shop. Make sure that you provide the tow truck driver with the name and complete address of the repair shop to help ensure that your vehicle ends up at the right place.
Have Roadside Assistance Cards Available
Many people have roadside assistance plans that offer towing services in the event that a car will not start. If you are using a roadside assistance program, make sure that you have your membership card available. The tow truck driver will need the information found on your membership card before he or she can load up your vehicle and tow it away.