Disaster can strike anywhere at the worst of times, even while you’re out on the road. A flat tire, a dead battery, or a busted engine always seem to come at the most inconvenient times. No one likes being in these situations, and if you’re unprepared for it, stranded and waiting for help is even worse. Here are some tips and precautions you can take while stranded on the road.
First things first, before you even leave the house, you should have the business card or number of a good, reliable tow company in your area. Planning ahead can end up saving you from plenty trouble in the long run.
If you are stranded on the road, one of the first things you’ll want to do is move your vehicle away from traffic. Doing so will keep your vehicle safe from any potential accidents. This will also help the tower securely get your vehicle without risk of an accident themselves. When leaving your vehicle, stay away from oncoming traffic and get out of the door that is facing away from traffic. Another thing you’ll want to do, especially if you cannot move your vehicle away from traffic, is to turn on your hazard lights. This will let other drivers know that your car isn’t working properly and that they should slow down when near you.
When the previous precautions have been taken, the next step should be to place markers around your car to alert the other drivers that your vehicle isn’t working. Reflective markers and cones work best, although flares will work just fine too. Depending on the amount of markers you have, you’ll want to place them in the front, back and sides of your car so that drivers can see them from any side.
Once all of this has been done, you should then call 911 for next steps to take and call a family member to alert them of the situation. After you have made these calls, make sure to call a towing service and arrange for a pick up.
After you have properly alerted others of the situation, you should gather all of the belongings in your car. It’s good to gather and keep all important and confidential documents on your person so that you can streamline the towing process. You should then wait in the car until the tow truck arrives, as to avoid the elements and other drivers. It is usually the safest place to wait for a tow, especially on the highway. Be aware of your surroundings, anything can happen while stranded.
If you’re looking for reliable towing services in San Marcos, TX, give Will Tow a call at 512–738–5748. Our motto is “Eat. Sleep. Tow.”, and our mission is to help those who need towing assistance in any way we can.