There are a number of scenarios where you may need to have your vehicle towed. When you need a vehicle towed, either short or long distances, you will want to make sure the vehicle is properly prepared. There are a few things you will want to make sure you have in place to ensure a tow goes smoothly. There are some situations where the prefect conditions of towing a vehicle aren’t possible. However you will want to do your best to ensure a safe and stress free tow.
Tips for Preparing a Vehicle to Be Towed
Inspect Tires – It helps to make to make sure the tires are properly inflated. When tires are flat you may need a crank to load and unload the vehicle to help prevent damages to the wheel. Additionally, when the tires are flat, the vehicle could be impossible to be moved until the tires are inflated or replaced. If you are transporting a vehicle to a mechanic or to a new location it will be beneficial to make sure the tires are filled with the proper amount of air and in good condition.
Remove Additional Items and Weight – When towing a vehicle, you may want to make sure you remove excess items out of the vehicle. There are certain items you may want to make sure you have, such as additional tools, emergency kits, or documents you may need for later use. Most especially, don’t forget personal items such as cell phones and wallets. If you’re towing your vehicle long distances, you may want to consider stripping your vehicle of any excess weight. Remove the jack, tools, and even gasoline if possible, before towing your vehicle. The more weight your vehicle has the more fuel it will cost to tow it, if fuel cost is part of the towing estimate, it helps to save a few bucks by having less weight.
Roadside Assistance – If you plan to use a flatbed trailer and do your own towing, you will want to make sure you have roadside assistance. Have a good towing company with roadside assistance services ready for the event you find you need help. There are a number of scenarios where a tow trip can go wrong and even the smallest issue needs to be resolved with some help.
Delivery Confirmation – If you’re having a vehicle towed to another address or even a mechanic for repairs, form some kind of confirmation. Most towing companies will offer delivery confirmation. However, if they don’t, make sure the place you’re having the vehicle towed will provide it. This will insure that your vehicle reached its destination and also helps remove some of the stress of a move.
Emergency Towing – When you have the luxury of preparing for a tow there are a number of steps you can take. However, when you’re involved in a collision or your vehicle breaks down suddenly, you won’t have the option of checking tires, or removing all additional items. During an emergency when you need a towing service, make sure you have all personal items with you, such as purses, wallets, phones, and any other electronic devices. Make sure to have a destination in mind so as to have the vehicle towed to your preferred mechanic or your home. If a vehicle is completely totaled, make sure to have all documentation and information for insurance proposes. Write down the vehicle VIN number, license plate number, and take all documents out of the vehicle.