Towing safety may not be something you learned about in driving school, but it can be crucial when you need it. When you have a blowout on the side of the road or trouble with your engine while you’re on a busy road and you need to call a tow truck to come to your rescue, there’s a lot you need to consider in order to keep you, your tower, and other drivers on the road safe. Tow trucks have to meet your car where you are, so your location makes a big impact in your tower’s ability to safely tow your car.
Being stranded on the side of the road can be scary. Too often, people are suddenly in need of roadside assistance and aren’t prepared for all the details involved in the situation, which can lead to stress and anxiety or even accidents. Our towers put their safety at risk any time they come to pick up a vehicle, so Titan Towing is here to walk you through some of the good practices involved in towing safety.
Waiting For Your Tow Truck
Since no one ever plans to be in need of a tow truck, it’s not always going to be the case that you’ll be properly prepared. Ideally, you will have closed-toe shoes and pants on to keep you safe from any minor injury as you assess the damage done to your car. You will also need to exit your vehicle when the tow truck arrives, so it’s a good idea to always have shoes to wear in the event you need to leave your vehicle.
You won’t always be dressed properly or be experiencing preferable weather, so it’s a good idea to have a collection of materials that you can use in an emergency in your car. Keep a flashlight, blanket, and reliable shoes on hand in an emergency kit tucked safely away in your vehicle for you to grab in an emergency.
Safely Pulling Over On A Busy Highway
Running into engine problems or blowing a tire will force you to stop your car immediately. If you aren’t next to an easily accessible parking lot or “picnic area” that you can pull into, you’ll have to pull over on the shoulder of the road. When this happens on the highway, you need to be aware of all the towing safety moves you can make in order to make the process easy and safe for your tower.
Pull Over As Far As Possible
When you pull over, it’s incredibly important to pull over as far into the shoulder as you can. Even if your tire has blown and you’re worried about your wheel or rim, keep rolling long enough to get over to a safer area. Sometimes this is difficult due to a narrow shoulder or lack of an official emergency lane at all, but it’s very important to make every effort to get your car as far away from traffic as possible.
Oncoming traffic can miss the signs that your car is stopped, and if they stray off their lane even a little bit, both you and your tower are at risk of injury or worse. Towing safety suggestions such as pulling far off the road as possible will put your mind at ease and allow you to focus on getting help and getting home.
Watch Out For Towing Services As You Drive
Towing safety also applies to those driving on the highway. When you drive on the highway, you have a lot to pay attention to, and you can’t let your guard down when cars are stopped on the edge of the road. You should never drive while distracted, but especially when a vehicle is pulled off onto the shoulder ahead of you. Always cross over to the other side of the road whenever possible. If you can’t get into another lane for some reason, slow your vehicle down and drive as far away from the other car as possible.
Call Titan Towing
For more information on towing safety, or to book a tow truck for your vehicle, contact Titan Towing today. We’ll get a team of qualified experts out to help you in no time. For a safe and speedy roadside rescue, call Titan Towing.