Whether mechanical failure or even an accident, you will probably have to wait for help to arrive. Depending on your proximity to the tow truck company, or even how busy the day is for the tow truck company, knowing this information will help you stay safe.
What to Do
Get out of the road. If you are still able to move your vehicle, it’s a good idea to get it off the road as much as possible, especially if you are blocking traffic. Of course, other drivers will slow down or stop if they see a car blocking the road, but that only works if they see it in time. Your window of safety closes quickly in inclement weather or on an icy road. Better to get your vehicle as much out of the way as possible, even if you must push it by hand.
Turn on the hazard lights. Even if it’s still light out and you think that other drivers can easily see what is going on, do everything you can to warn them, including turning on the hazard lights. Again, that doesn’t guarantee that other drivers will see you in time–but it does help quite a bit.
Get out of harm’s way. Depending on the location of your vehicle, it could be safer for you to stay inside with your seatbelt on or get out and remain a safe distance off the road. Be very careful, watching for cars, and position yourself so that you are out of harm’s way.
What Not to Do
Don’t flag down a ride. Most people that stop to offer you a ride probably have pure intentions and do want to help, but not everyone. Help is already on the way, so you don’t need a ride. It’s best to stay where you are and wait for the professionals to arrive.
Don’t forget about your stuff. If you decide to wait outside your car, it’s a good idea to take your purse, wallet, cell phone, insurance information, and anything else of value with you. This will guarantee that you don’t lose your stuff. Even if you decide to wait in the car, be sure to gather your things while waiting, so it is always with you.
Don’t put yourself in harm’s way. Don’t ever step out of your vehicle into traffic. Your safety is worth more than whatever you might be trying to do. Even if the road looks clear, remember that traffic can be coming at you at incredibly high speeds.
Now that you know what to do and not do while waiting for a tow truck, we hope you stay safe! Of course, Parker Towing is always here to help with 24/7 roadside assistance in Castle Rock, Aurora, Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Franktown, Elizabeth.