Safe driving and towing tips for the holidays
With the holidays just around the corner, many individuals and families will be hitting the road to visit family and friends. As the number of vehicles on the road increases, so does the risk for accidents. Most drivers on the road will do their best to drive safely and avoid accidents, but unfortunately, safe drivers on the road cannot account for all of those drivers who are not as mindful with their driving habits and vehicles. Furthermore, you can never predict when your vehicle might experience a breakdown while on the road.
Before heading out for any trip, always take the time to check your vehicle and make sure it’s in good shape. Top off your fuel tank and check your vehicle’s tire pressure. It’s also a good idea to check the tread on your tires and ensure that your spare tire is in good shape. Remember that if you get a flat tire, your towing service can typically provide tire-changing service, so make certain you have their number handy. Other common tow services also include out-of-gas service in case you should happen to run out of gas while on the road.
It’s also a good idea to have the charge on your battery checked to make sure it is in good condition so that you do not find yourself stranded on the side of the road with a dead battery. If that should happen, your towing service can also help with a dead battery or stalled vehicle and provide a jumpstart.
Understanding what to do in the event of a breakdown or accident is vital in order to avoid putting yourself or your vehicle at further risk. Use the hazard lights on your vehicle and pull over to the shoulder of the vehicle, if you are able to do so safely, in order to move out of the way of other passing cars.
Once you have pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road, only exit the vehicle if it is in a low-traffic area. Remain in the vehicle until assistance can be rendered by law enforcement personnel or a tow truck driver. Exiting your vehicle or standing around a vehicle that is stranded can significantly increase your risk of injury.
In the event that you do find yourself in need of a towing service, be prepared. When possible, always use a towing operator that you know. Never allow a tow truck operator to take your vehicle if you did not call them. Additionally, make certain that all of the signs on the tow truck and the documentation provided to you are consistent and identical.
The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. By observing a few safety tips, you can make certain that you make great holiday memories this year.