You start to expect the worst, the car is barely making it up the hill and then you feel the engine drop. This is not good, this is not good at all. As you safely come to a stop at the crest of the hill, your heart starts to sink a little bit. You know your old girl will not turn over, but hey it might be worth a try. After a few attempts there is nothing, and instead, you will need to call a tow. Your first call should be to Fairfax Tow Truck, we have been servicing the Fairfax, VA area for years, and will to you in just a few minutes. However, we are not going to be on scene immediately, so to ensure your safety we have brought together some great safety tips to keep you safe when you need a tow.
- Pull over and out of traffic as much as possible
Look, we know that you cannot control whether you are going to be dealing with terrible traffic when you break down, but if you do happen to break down during rush hour try and get out of the way. If you can drive your vehicle, I would strongly suggest heading to the nearest shoulder of the road to prevent a further accident and to not impede other traffic. If you cannot pull it over under the cars own power, you will want to push it to the shoulder to prevent an even worse back up behind you. Make sure to activate your emergency lights so that other drivers will be able to see you!
- Signal drivers that you are not moving
This may seem like a no-brainer during the night, but even during the day, it might be a good move to turn on your hazard lights. This will allow other drivers to know that you are not moving, and will make it easier for everyone. For those not in the know, the hazard light button will be either on your steering column or dashboard and will have a big red, triangular icon on it.
- Stay or go, but make sure it is safe
In some situations, it might not be ideal to leave your vehicle, especially on a divided highway. If this is the case, make sure to put on seatbelts, and sit away from the road facing side of the vehicle. If you are able to exit your vehicle, do so from the opposite side of the road, minding any traffic that may be coming by. As well, if you are able to safely go on to the other side of a barrier, it would be ideal. If you have to cross the road, make sure to look both ways!
- Don’t accept rides from a stranger
Look it may be a common thing to say, but if you are broken down and waiting for a tow truck to come, you do not need to accept rides. There are some good Samaritans out there, but there are also people who will take advantage of your situation. Instead, remain with your vehicle and wait for a Fairfax Tow Truck to come on the scene and help you out.
- Remember your personal belongings
If you decide that you are safe to leave the car, make sure to bring along your personal belongings. This includes purses, phones, identification and other important documents such as your insurance. This will prevent any issues of lost or stolen items while your car is abandoned and will allow for an easy conversation with the tow truck driver.
- Keep your family entertained
This may seem like a bit of a head-scratcher, but if you are travelling with kids, it might be a bit of a headache during your wait for your tow truck. It is a good idea to have a selection of magazines or toys in the car in case you run into issues. This way, your child will be able to focus on playing with their tow car rather than stressing you further. It really is a win-win. Plus, they are going to love seeing the tow truck in action!
When it comes to safety when you are waiting for a tow truck it comes down to common sense. No matter if you are looking for roadside assistance, or simply need a light duty tow, the team at Fairfax Tow Truck are here for you. Let our team get you back on the road with ease, and you can focus on keeping safe while you wait for our dispatch to send you one of our local trucks!