What You Should and Should Not Do While Waiting for a Tow Truck

Tips While Waiting for a Tow TruckIf you find yourself stranded due to mechanical trouble, a car accident or a flat tire, you might have to call a towing company. That’s why it’s important to know some things to do, and not do, to keep you and your car safe while waiting for the tow truck to arrive.

  • If you can safely drive your car, move it as far away as possible from moving traffic and as far as possible onto the road’s shoulder.
  • After you’ve moved it safely off the road, turn your car’s hazard lights on while waiting for the tow truck.
  • Cordon off the area around your disabled car with cones or reflective triangles from your emergency roadside kit.
  • Gather any belongings inside the car that you’ll need to take with you after being towed. These should include any vehicle insurance information and valuable items stored in the glove compartment.
  • Stay in your car after taking the outdoor safety measures until the towing company arrives. This is important because it will keep you safe from passing vehicles and the elements.
  • If you are approached by other motorists while waiting, be careful. Stay in the car, lock the doors and crack the window down an inch to speak with them. Do not open it all the way. Also, don’t leave your car or accept a ride if that person is anyone other than the driver of the tow truck.
  • Ask the dispatcher at the towing company for the license plate number of the tow truck being sent or the name of the driver. Verify this information before getting out of your car.


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