It's not uncommon for your vehicle to break down unprecedentedly and leave you stuck in the middle of the road. Whether it is a busy highway at the centre of the city or an isolated road deep in the jungle, these mechanical problems can show up anywhere. It is thus important to have some contacts of a towing service provider to help you out in case of such an emergency. You can also sign up with a towing club for full time towing services. The following tips will come in handy whenever you are being towed in an emergency:
When being towed, most people forget that they need to have control of the broken down car. Do not leave all the handling and navigation duties to the driver towing you. Make sure that the ignition is in the "on" position right before the tow truck starts moving. This will disengage your car's steering wheel and equip you with the control of the car. If your car uses the push-to-start alternative, make sure that you shove the ignition mechanism into the "on" position. If you don't do this, the steering will lock, and the car is likely to swerve out of control.
Steering the Vehicle
Your vehicle generates lots of momentum in response to the force applied when towing it. Ideally, you need to be in charge of all this momentum to prevent more accidents on the road. Steer the vehicle in synchrony with the driver towing you, keeping light tension on the pulling mechanism attaching the tow truck to your car. Brake lightly to maintain the tension at all times and don't let the broken down car get too close to the tow truck. Moreover, pay attention to brake lights, warning lights and indicators as conveyed by the truck driver. This will help you to navigate corners and bends in good time.
Communicating with the Tow Truck Driver
If you notice anything unusual that requires you to pull over, you need to reach out to the truck driver immediately. If the electrical systems of the vehicle have failed, you cannot communicate using lights or the horn. Break intermittently and persistently to alert the truck driver that you need to pull over. In fact, you can tell him or her to be on alert for such a signal before you take off.
Communicating with Other Road Users
Where possible, keep the hazard lights on throughout the towing session to warn other drivers of the impending danger.