Towing Safety Tips

Towing Safety Tips. What to do while you wait for a tow truck in Savannah.

We depend on our vehicles for work and for play. Whether you drive a minivan, a sedan or an 18 wheel semi it is important that you know how keep you and your family safe on the road in Savannah just in case you experience a break down and have to call for a tow truck.

For this reason we’ve put together some basic safety rules of the road for you to follow in case you break down in Savannah and need a tow.

  1. Get your vehicle off the road while you wait for your tow truck to arrive. It is dangerous for your vehicle to remain on the road if it is inoperable. If possible, move your car or truck as far off the road as physically possible. Protected yourself behind a guard rail if you are on the highway, or exit an offramp to a side street if at all possible. Do whatever you can to put a distance and a barrier between you and oncoming traffic. Many people believe that a car should not or can not be move after a tire blows out. This is not true in most circumstances. Drive your vehicle off the road and get out of the way. Don’t try to change a tire on the highway. Call for a tow truck and get to a side street so that your tire can be changed safely.
  2. Don’t stand on the side of the road. It is dangerous to stand on the side of the road, both because of on coming traffic and because traffic may slow down to watch if they see you. As a result you may unintentionally cause an accident. Stay in your vehicle or find shelter in a building or at a restaurant if at all possible while you wait for you tow truck to arrive.
  3. Exchanging information. If you have been in an accident and you need to exchange information with the other driver, follow rule number two. Sit in a vehicle while you talk. Protect yourself and get off the road.
  4. Never stand between two parked vehicles. You could be crushed if one of the vehicles is hit by oncoming traffic.
  5. Call for a tow immediately. It may take a little while for your tow truck to arrive onsite depending upon traffic. Remember that if you are calling during rush hour, the longer you wait to call, the longer your backlog may be.
  6. Call the police if you are at all concerned for your safety, or to report an accident.
  7. Turn on your four-way flashers and place traffic flares or traffic triangles to alert on coming vehicles that your car is immobilized.
  8. Carry a charge cell phone at all times.
  9. Program Tim’s Towing and Recovery into your cell phone right now, because an emergency is the wrong time to be researching Savannah towing companies. Our number is (912) 964-6773.

Follow these basic common sense rules of the road and stay safe while you wait for your tow truck to arrive. We also recommend that you check out our article about critical items that you need to carry in your car to prepare for an emergency. Most importantly, stay safe while you wait for your tow truck arrive.