Roadside emergencies can be devastating, especially if they involve more than just a tyre bust that you can handle on your own. There are instances when your car breaks down, and you have to get it towed to the repair shop by a tow truck. Since you won't be able to drive your car, it is important to ensure that it is adequately prepped for the tow. Failure to do so can lead to further damage which would increase the cost of repairs. Below are three things that you should do as you prepare your car to get towed.
Roll up the windows
As your car is towed to the repairs shop, dust, debris, and other particles can fly into the vehicle if you didn't roll up all the windows. This usually happens if the tow truck has to drive through weathered roads or dusty areas to get to the repairer. If this happens, the dust and debris will settle on the upholstery and other surfaces in the car. You will end up spending a little more to clean the car and get rid of all the dirt inside. Rolling up the windows keeps dust out and preserves your upholstery and saves you from incurring cleaning costs.
Remove your valuables
Most people travel around with valuables such as laptops, tablets, phones and cash in handbags and wallets. Before getting your car towed, check inside and make sure that you don't leave any valuable item lying around on the seats. This is particularly important in two-wheel towing where two wheels remain on the ground or a flat towing scenario where all the four wheels of the vehicle remain on the ground. If you accidentally leave the windows rolled down, a thief can easily sneak behind the tow truck and steal your valuables. Such an incident can happen if the truck is stuck in traffic. The towing company will not be responsible for any losses you incur due to negligence; therefore, carry your valuables with you.
Accidents occur during towing, and it is essential for you to have photos to ascertain the condition of the car before the towing accident. This will allow the towing company to offer you full compensation for damages that occurred while the vehicle was in their possession. Also, should you want to get in touch with your insurer, the photos will come in handy as well. Go around the vehicle and take pictures of the car and any present damages as you wait for the arrival of the tow truck.
Follow these tips when towing your vehicle to ensure the safety of both your vehicle and valuables during the tow. Also, remember to contact professional towing services that will guarantee compensation for any accidents that may occur during the journey.
Hey! My name is Richard and I would like to give you some advice about what you need to do if your car breaks down. Many people go through their lives without thinking that one day their car may break down. However, when it occurs, you will certainly know about it and you may begin to panic. I began to panic when my auto broke down 60 miles out of Perth on a quiet country road. Thankfully, I managed to contact a local tow truck company on my phone and they came right out and rescued me. Since then, I have been trying to educate people about using towing services.