Top 3 Tips Before Calling For Roadside Assistance
No matter how careful you are and how much you plan it is inevitable that almost everyone will require roadside assistance at least once in their lives. And, let’s face it, we are busier than ever before and this places us at higher risk of requiring roadside assistance. The top roadside assistance services required are flat tire changes and gas delivery, but other services include lockouts and battery jumps.
Follow our simple tips to help you be prepared for when you find yourself roadside and in need of assistance from a professional.
1.) Always remove your vehicle from the roadways and out of intersections. Pull as far off the road as is safe and put your 4-way blinkers on. Make sure you are visible to traffic if you are near a blind turn.Your safety and other motorists safety are far more important than laws stating to stay off the shoulder. Keep yourself and your passengers away from high traffic areas make yourself visible. Leave your headlights on if there is no street lighting, in addition to your 4-way blinkers. Use a road flare if available and make sure you extinguish it before you leave as forest fires have started from smoldering flares being left behind.
2.) Assess your surroundings before making a call for roadside assistance from local companies. Look for the mile marker numbers on the highway and look for street or road signs indicating your location. If road signs are not visible, do not get out of your vehicle and start walking roadside to look for markings. Instead, look for landmarks, restaurants or local businesses to describe to the local company you are working with. Leaving your vehicle can be dangerous for road hazards, unfamiliar areas, and local wildlife. If you still do not have a good description of your location, you can simply describe your most recent directions to the dispatcher and they can try to locate you based on your description. Local roadside assistance and towing companies are often very familiar with the local areas and can likely find you quickly. They have experience in these situations.
3.) Check your vehicle and have all information available before calling a local company. This step will require getting out of your vehicle, so do so safely by avoiding the driver side of the vehicle due to traffic. If you suspect you need a tire change, check your trunk or spare tire to ensure it is not missing. This is a common finding in vehicles with secondary owners and can delay you and the roadside company in getting you off the road. Read your owners manual as you wait for the tow driver’s arrival and provide the proper information about tire pressure, towing capabilities, and other necessary information. If your vehicle requires a battery jump, you can try to locate the battery in imported cars. Some imports have battery’s under the back seat and unfamiliar roadside mechanics may struggle to find the battery. Preparing yourself in the downtime as you wait for the driver’s arrival can save everyone time and frustration by being properly prepared. Finally, be aware if your vehicle is all-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or front wheel drive as this will save you time and money in the event a tow truck is needed.
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Stay safe out there friends!