Whether your car has been towed nonconsensually (illegally parked or similar) or it is a voluntary thing (broken down, collision), there are a lot of reasons why you might need to get your car towed. While there are not many ways in which you can prepare for the first one happening, there are some things you can do to make towing your car safer and less of a headache when it is a voluntary action.
Keep Things Safe
When an emergency happens and you need the help of a towing service right away, you do not exactly get to choose when and where it happens. Hopefully it is just because your car will not start when you try to take it out of a parking space, but occasionally something will happen to your car when you are on a busy road. In that instance, it is imperative that you move your vehicle to a safe place, away from oncoming traffic. If that is not possible, be sure to set up cones or st off flares to alert other drivers of your predicament. Whether you can move the car or not, turn on the hazard lights and put a sign in the window that reads “Towing”.
Call for Towing
Be sure you get together all the paperwork you have available about your car. This includes registrations, insurance information, and possible AAA benefits. This will keep all the information you will need right at your fingertips. If you have a roadside assistance membership, they often include towing as one of their roadside assistance features. If you need some other options, your automaker or your insurance provider may offer this service as part off their basic package. These are all things to check out when making choices concerning buying or leasing a car.
Enjoy the Ride
No matter where your car is located, you will want to keep the windows rolled up and the doors locked while you wait for your towing service. Be sure to keep a watchful eye on your car as you wait for a tow truck to show up, both to protect the car itself as well as your personal belongings. When the tow truck does show up, there will be paperwork that you will have to sign and keep records of, and you will most likely have to put your car in neutral before it can be hooked up or loaded up.
Calling a towing service to have your car towed is always a stressful experience to go through, but if you know exactly what you need to do, it will go smoothly and will give you little hassle. Remember to keep paperwork within easy reach, and know exactly who you should call if this sort of thing ever happens to you.Getting a membership or a roadside assistance program may help you, but also check to see if towing is included in your insurance policy.