Learn How to Act in Case of a Towing Emergency Step by Step

Although you never think this is going to happen to you, automobiles break down. You can experience a car problem on your way to work, while you are on vacation, or even when you are coming home from a late night party. You never know where you may get stranded, so you better always carry the number of a reliable towing company with you. Today, our team of experienced workers, at Specialty Towing and Impound has prepared a short list of dos and don’ts to help you learn what you need to do, if you suddenly get involved in such an unpleasant situation.

What to Do in the Event of a Breakdown

  1. Move your car away from the road as soon as possible.

towingIf this is an option, you should move your car to the far right shoulder. If such a maneuver is not possible, you better move it to the left shoulder, instead of leaving it in the middle of the road.

  1. Know where you are

Always be mindful of landmarks, mile markers, and how long you have been driving so far. This can help you when you call an auto wrecker and explain your location. If the accident happens late at night, and you have poor or no visibility, you can calculate the distance from the last town or neighborhood, you were in. The easiest way to do it is to check the time you have spent driving and the average speed you were driving with.

  1. Stay with your automobile

If you can get your car to the side of the road, stay near it until help arrives. Remain in your vehicle if it is safe to do so, especially at night or in unfamiliar locations.

  1. Call for help

Call the local authorities, as well as a towing service provider who deals with emergency cases to assist you. Make sure you are in a safe environment before making the call.

What to Avoid Doing in the Event of a Breakdown

  1. Stand outside your car

If your automobile is stuck on the highway or other rural road, don’t stand in front or behind it. This can create a dangerous situation for other motorists who are not paying attention or do not see that your car is not moving, when they approach you.

  1. Push your car

Pushing your car out of the highway can be hazardous for your health, especially at night when other drivers have poor visibility, until they reach a point at which they are already too close to you. If, however, doing it is inevitable, make sure to turn on all emergency flashers and use flares or triangles as warning.

  1. Walk across high-speed highways

Cars travel extremely quickly and will sometimes have a hard time stopping because of a pedestrian, especially on highways. This is why you should not cross lanes when there is a risk that you may get hurt. Only cross a highway if you are completely sure you can get across all lanes safely.

  1. Get caught unprepared

Your cell phone should always be charged before you start driving. No matter whether you travel short or long distance, you should not do it without having a cell phone with you, just in case an emergency occurs and you need to call for help. Keep water, a flashlight, blankets, and other essentials in your car at all times.

For more information regarding tips to handle towing emergencies, or to book our wrecker services in Sacramento, CA you can contact us at (916) 879-0200. We will be happy to assist you anytime!

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