Any time you find yourself waiting for towing services, it is probably a little stressful. Whether you have a flat or blown tire or if you have been in a car accident, emotions are going to be high. You may be worrying about where you are supposed to be, if you’re going to have insurance rate increases, or the health and wellbeing of another person. Because of the emotionally charged situation that waiting for towing services can be, it is a good idea to know what to do before you find yourself in that situation.
As always, the most important thing is the wellbeing of any people involved in the situation. If anyone is hurt or needs medical attention, call 911 first. Don’t wait. Also, it is a good idea to report the incident to police, even if no one else was involved and no injuries have been sustained. It is good for local law enforcement to know there is a car on the side of the road and people waiting for help.
Try to get your vehicle off the road if possible. You don’t want to impede the flow of traffic, and you don’t want to risk getting hit by another car. Even if you are on the shoulder, turn on your emergency flashers to warn other drivers that you are there. If you have flares, cones or triangles, now is the time to use these, as well.
Here are a few other things to remember:
- Gather any personal belongings you want to keep with you.
- The safest place to wait is probably inside your vehicle. Use caution when outside your vehicle.
- Be careful when interacting with strangers who stop.