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.
- Make sure your vehicle is as far off the road as possible to avoid an accident.
- Turn on your hazard lights.
- Put flares or warning triangles behind your car to let other drivers know it’s there.
- 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.
- Crack the window to talk to anyone who stops. Avoid opening it all the way.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.