You might think that towing services only come out when your car breaks down, but there is a lot more to them than that. GEICO has put together six situations in which you might need towing service.
Pomoc Drogowa companies typically charge a hook-up fee and then per mile prices after that. Make sure you ask about pricing ahead of time so that you don’t get sticker shock.
Run Out of Gas
Running out of gas is a common mishap that can be very inconvenient and potentially dangerous, especially on busy highways. Luckily, there are now services such as HONK that can dispatch help to your location to bring you fuel or at least direct you to the closest gas station. Some auto insurance policies also include roadside assistance that will cover the cost of a tow truck to get you back on your way.
If you are near family or friends, it is a good idea to call them and let them know that you need a tow. This will allow them to make other calls on your behalf and may even be able to bring you some fuel or a container of gas if they are nearby. If you are on a remote stretch of road, flagging down other vehicles or walking to the nearest gas station is another option.
Get Stuck in the Snow or Mud
Getting stuck in the mud is not uncommon, especially during the rainy season. Grassy parking lots at festivals, muddy country roads and off-road driving can all lead to your vehicle being trapped in the mud.
If you are in the process of becoming stuck, it is best to stay calm and assess the situation before trying to free your car. If you decide it is safe to try, start by assessing how deep your tires are in the mud. If you can, get someone to stand behind your car and push it, allowing for more traction and momentum to help your car roll out of the mud.
Getting stuck in the mud can cause damage to your vehicle, including suspension and electrical problems. If you cannot get out of the mud on your own, it may be time to call for a tow truck. This can be done safely using a towing service that has specialized equipment.
Need Minor Repairs
Owning a vehicle comes with a lot of responsibility. Even with the most meticulous maintenance, unexpected issues can still arise. And when they do, calling a towing service is usually the first thing on most people’s to-do list.
In addition to performing their main duties, most towing companies also offer roadside assistance services. A tow truck driver can reconnect disconnected parts, jump-start a dead battery, provide a fill up of gas or replace a flat tire. He can also swap out a locked trunk and unlock doors that have been shut.
Many tow trucks have a flatbed trailer that lowers like a ramp, making it safe and easy to load a disabled car. Some also have a wheel-lift tow truck, which lifts a car by the front wheels and is ideal for large vehicle towing. Drivers follow up with dispatchers regularly to provide status updates and estimate times of arrival at vehicles, residences, service stations or junkyards. They also complete a variety of paperwork, including daily logs of inspection and repair activity, missing or stolen tools reports and travel and mileage logs.
Need a Tow
No one likes to need a tow, but it’s important to prepare in case something unexpected happens. Knowing when to call for a tow will help you avoid paying unnecessary fees or getting scammed.
Before you agree to a tow, find out the procedure and rates of the company that will be taking your vehicle. It’s also important to make sure the tow truck that shows up is the one you called. If it’s not, it could be a scam and you may need to contact the police.
If you’re stranded on the side of the road, try using an app to connect with a nearby towing service. HONK’s “guaranteed not to exceed” service quotes let you know upfront what the total cost will be so you never have to argue with a driver over unexpected charges. It’s available for free on Apple and Android devices. Click to download HONK today. It’s fast, easy, and affordable.