Follow These Guidelines to Protect Yourself
Here on the east coast, especially between Washington DC and Maryland, traffic can get pretty bad. Accidents aren’t uncommon and it is likely that at some point you might find yourself in need of a reliable towing service.
If something has happened to your car and you need a tow, please remember that panicking and increasing your stress levels is the worst thing you can possibly do. It is very important to stay calm in the case of an emergency.
You can use your time waiting for the tow truck in a smart way. Try to keep these tips in mind and make sure your main focus remains on personal safety.
Make sure your tow truck dispatcher has let you know the name and license plate number of the driver that is coming to help you. Use this to verify their identity – it’s always a good idea to know who to expect.
Get to a Safe Space
This goes for you and your vehicle. If you can, try to drive to an unused shoulder of the road, a place other vehicles can pass you by with a safe amount of distance.
Mark Your Location
While it’s a good idea to already figure out some landmarks before you call for your tow truck, it might be a good idea to let a family member or friend know where you are. You can use an app to pin your location and send that.
Exit on the Passenger Side
Make sure you exit the vehicle on the passenger side OR on the side that opens away from traffic. Make your decision based on personal safety: if your car is stuck in a precarious spot and it would be safer to exit and get yourself to a safer location then do so; if you are in an unfamiliar area and there is no
Hazard Lights, Reflectors, or Flares
Keep up good communication with the other cars on the road and let them know to avoid you and cut you slack. This is especially true at night time! Day or night, make sure you at least have your hazards on, but at night definitely find a safe way to put up reflectors or flares.
Have Everything You Need
Make sure you have your purse, wallet, coat or jacket, insurance information, and any valuables that you don’t want to leave in your car.
In Case of Injury
If you or another passenger is injured it is best to not move them unless otherwise told to do so by a medical or legal authority.
What Qualifies for a Tow?
Not sure if you are in need of a tow? You might need to call for a tow truck if you have been locked out of your car, if your tires need an emergency replacement, if your battery needs a jumpstart, or if you’ve had an accident. Weather-related issues also qualify (for instance, if your vehicle is stuck in the snow).