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

If 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.

  • Pull over and out of traffic if possible. Even if all of the emergency lights are activated, some highway drivers do not pay close attention and could rear-end the disabled fleet vehicle, causing further damage or injury.
  • After you’ve moved it safely off the road, turn your car’s hazard lights on while waiting for the tow truck.
  • ONLY exit the vehicle if it is necessary AND it is safe to do so. When on a freeway, if you must step outside, always use the passenger side door and always use extreme caution when outside your car. NEVER stand behind or next to the vehicle along side traffic.
  • If you have one, and ONLY if safe to do so, cordon off the area around your disabled car with cones or reflective triangles from your emergency roadside kit.
  • If possible and ONLY if safe to do so, raise the vehicle hood to alert passing authorities that the vehicle is disabled and help is needed and tie something white to the radio antenna or hang it out the window so police officers or tow truck operators will know help is needed.
  • 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.
  • While inside the car, gather any belongings 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.
  • Do not try to flag down other vehicles, i.e., don’t solicit the help of passing motorists. 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.
  • Don’t leave your car or accept a ride if that person is anyone other than the driver of the tow truck you called unless other arrangements with that person in advance.
  • 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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