HOW TO SAFELY WAIT FOR A TOW TRUCK

Bummer! Your vehicle has broken down, and now you’re waiting for a tow. Now what? Here are some helpful roadside tips to stay safe while waiting for a tow truck to arrive.

STEPS

  1. Make sure your vehicle is as far off the road as possible to avoid an accident.
  2. Turn on your hazard lights.
  3. Put flares or warning triangles behind your car to let other drivers know it’s there.
  4. Stay inside your car or in a nearby building – someplace with a view to see when the tow truck arrives. Lock your doors if you stay in the vehicle.
  5. Crack the window to talk to anyone who stops. Avoid opening it all the way.
  6. Gather things you don’t want left in your car. You will either have to get a ride to the garage or ride with the tow truck driver.

TIPS

  • Carry enough emergency change for cab fare and phone calls. It’s also always nice to have a paperback book around to kill time while you wait.
  • Consider getting a cellular phone.
  • Give the address or the nearest cross streets of your location (including the city) to the tow company. This can mean the difference between a long or short wait.

WARNINGS

  • Raising the hood is a sign that you have trouble. If the tow truck is coming, you don’t need other people’s help, so keep your hood down. It will only block your view.