When planning a road trip there is always the concern in the back of your mind that there might be a snag in the plans. Despite the “what if” scenarios that can be, it never hurts to be prepared to prevent issues from occurring or to know what to do if an incident should occur. We at Citywide Towing would like to offer some tips and advice for your next road trip before the summer ends.
Long Road Trip Packing Essentials
1) Getting off the road is essential if there is a problem. If your vehicle should malfunction, it is important to get off the road as quickly and as safely as possible. To minimize the risk of being hit by passing vehicles pull as far away from the roadway as possible. No matter what the problem you are faced with, always keep calm a solution will present itself.
2) Indicate your vehicle’s incapacitation. Simply raising the hood signals to others that something is amiss along with ensuring the hazard lights are still on. There are good Samaritans that will often assist down motorists or at the very least summoned services will come to your end.
3) While waiting for help. Whatever you do, do not walk down the highway trying to find help, and especially if you are not certain if help is coming. Some experts suggest pointing the vehicle in the opposite direction to make it clear to on-goers you are in need. But always allow help to come to you.
4) Apply safety first while waiting. If you are in fact broken down in the summer heat with temperatures close to or over in the triple digits remember to stay hydrated. Whether you feel safer in your vehicle or in close proximity, the choice is yours although we suggest waiting by the vehicle.
5) Keep your fuel gauge in check. A lot of people have too much confidence in their gas tank and often, that leads to a sour experience. Once your gas gauge indicates the gauge is half full that is a sure sign to look ahead for a fuel stop. Many gas stations will have signage listed prior to the exit to let you know ahead of time.
6) Inform family and/or friends about your trip, especially if it is a solo road trip. Letting someone know when you are leaving as well as when you are due back can alert them to get you help if you are late. In addition to a time frame, perhaps include destination as well as route.
7) Charge your phone 100%. A charged phone can mean the difference between getting the assistance you need as well as within a suitable time frame. Not only should your phone be fully charged, but invest in a cigarette adapter to keep your phone charged.
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With these helpful hints you can be better equipped if things do go a rye, or avoid them all together. Should you find the need of roadside assistance or a tow in the Greater Dallas, Texas area, contact Citywide Towing and let our experts come to your aid.