There are a couple different reasons your vehicle may need to be towed. Maybe you’ve had an accident or maybe your car has mysteriously broken down on the highway. Regardless of the reason, it’s important to know who you’re going to call in case of a vehicle emergency and to know the proper safety measures you as a driver should be taking and the precautions the heavy towing specialist needs to be taking.
Driver of the Vehicle
For a driver who is mid driving and needs to pull over and have their car towed, there are a couple of important things to remember. In the event of a heavy towing, drivers need to first move their car as far away as they can from other moving cars. If there is a shoulder, great. Move onto the shoulder as soon as you can and cling to its very edge. As you wait for the heavy towing company to come, make sure your hazard lights are on, especially if it’s dark out, so that you are easily visible to other drivers on the road, and easily identifiable for the towing company. If you have an emergency roadside kit in your car, take out any reflectors you may have in it and place them around the outside of your car.
As you wait for the towing company to come, make sure to gather anything out of your car that you may need in the company days like insurance and registration information. You may not see you car again for a little while after it’s towed, however you may need to give this information to people in various parts of the towing process. It’s highly important that you stay in the vehicle to wait for the towing company, so that you aren’t vulnerable to any passing cars or violent weather. To avoid possible accidents during this process, it’s not only important for the driver of the vehicle to take precautions, the driver of the heavy towing truck has to take equal or more precautions to ensure you are safe and that your vehicle remains safe.
Driver of the Heavy Towing Truck
Drivers of the tow truck that will pick your vehicle up are required to make the process as safe and as painless as possible. One important thing they will do if you are stranded on the side of the road, is to first make sure the area is completely visible--if you have not already done this. Cones and flags will be set around the area as the tow truck begins to pick up your vehicle. It’s a sad truth that some heavy tow truck drivers have been killed and seriously injured because of carelessness of other drivers or a lack of visibility.
To expedite the towing process and better ensure its safety, tow truck drivers are also asked to always be making sure their truck’s cable lines are not at all damaged. Tow truck drivers must also ensure that the truck they are driving is capable of hauling the vehicle that is stranded. This type of information will be made sure of over the phone when the driver of the vehicle first calls. Tow truck drivers are also trained to not unwind the cables all of the way when loading a vehicle, and that the wheel-lift is extended far enough after loading, so that turns are easy to make. Lastly, tow truck drivers are practiced to avoid electrical lines and to ask bystanders to please step back during the towing process. It’s a process that requires a lot of safety attention, but these professionals are all thoroughly trained.
If you or anyone you know is looking for a reliable heavy towing team, contact us today at Accurate Towing and we can give you a rundown of our services, so that when you’re stuck in a bind, you’ll know who to call!