4 Important Things to Do While You Wait for a Tow Truck Company

Posted: September 13, 2019

You are stuck on the road. Having already called a tow truck company, here are things you can do while you wait.

1. Stay Safe

Ensure your safety while you wait for the tow truck to come to your rescue. What do you need to do? If you can, move your vehicle to the side of the road to avoid someone hitting you and making your situation even worse. When people are driving, they don’t expect to come across a stranded car in the middle of the road and there are the people who may not be paying full attention, ramming right into you. Avoid damage to your car and injury to yourself by getting out of the way of vehicles behind or in front of you. Steering clear of traffic may save you from a dire situation.

If you are unable to move your vehicle to the side of the road, consider getting yourself there to avoid being hurt in a crash but only do so if the danger is less imminent. You wouldn’t want to get out of your car and move to the roadside only to be attacked by a bear in the middle of the night. So always consider the consequences in your individual situation.

2. Prepare

Where have you put those insurance papers? Everyone misplaces things and important documents are not immune to this problem. Search your vehicle for the information you will need to present to the towing company. You will be required to provide the tow truck driver with your insurance and registration plus driver’s license. This allows him/her to verify that the car is yours allowing them to proceed with their job in a legal manner. Looking for your information ahead of time speeds up the towing process and stops you from getting in a panic trying to find your missing documentation.

3. Hazard Ahead

Let other drivers know they are about to come upon your stranded vehicle by putting your hazard lights on. Warning lights will make it less likely someone will smack into you. These bright flashing lights are a sign that there is an unusual situation ahead, allowing others on the road to be prepared, slow down, and get into another lane. Your hazard lights are universally recognized and visible from quite a lengthy distance.

4. Hydrate

Stop panicking and start hydrating! It is always a great idea to bring water with you on road trips and if you thought ahead this will keep you from dehydrating. Drinking water is a great way to keep you alert and can even calm you down in a stressful situation. A little extra water can also help uncover your dirty hazard lights when driving down a dark dusty highway.

You hear the roar of the tow truck behind you now. You are prepared and calm, knowing you and your vehicle are going to make it back home safely. Setup Towing is always ready to take care of you in stranded situations.