What to do While Waiting for Roadside Assistance
It’s a situation you didn’t think you would find yourself in: Your car broke down. By now you have already called a tow truck and are sitting waiting in the car. But, there are a few important things you can do to occupy your time while you are waiting for your roadside assistance to arrive.
1. Move as far away from the road as possible.
If it’s possible to drive your car still, you may want to move it as far to the side of the road as you possibly can. In some situations, this is possible while in other’s it may not be. However, this is one of the most important steps in making sure your car is safe while stationary on a busy road.
2. Turn on your hazard lights.
As soon as you move your car to the side of the road, the next most important thing you can do is turn your hazard lights on. It may seem like a simple thing but it is very important, because without your hazard lights, you may be less visible to cars driving past you, thus increasing your likelihood of another car hitting your car. On top of this, if it is night time or the conditions create a need for it, you may want to put out your flares or any other devices that help other drivers see you like reflective triangles.
3. Organize and gather all of your important belongings.
If you have a bag inside your car, it’s a good idea to fill it with the things you might need after your car gets towed. It’s good to gather everything before you leave so that you can leave as soon as the tow truck arrives. Anything that you don’t want left behind in your car or inaccessible for a while should be grabbed.
4. Gather all of your vehicle’s paperwork and your identification.
You are going to need to show your vehicle’s registration as soon as the tow truck driver gets to your location. Be sure to grab this as well as any insurance or other vehicle paperwork you think you might need once you get towed.
5. Try to stay off of your phone.
While you may instinctively think to kill time by playing on your phone, it’s a good idea to stay off of it. You may need your phone later and if you use it the entire time the battery might die. Even if your phone is nearly full, you have to remember that it’s possible that the tow truck may not arrive as quickly as it is supposed to. Being stranded without a phone would be much worse than simply refraining from using it until the tow truck arrives.
Your car breaking down is not the greatest situation. However, there are many things you can do to keep busy and prevent the situation from getting worse while you are waiting for your roadside assistance.
We’d like you to know that Jan’s Towing offers fast & reliable roadside service everywhere in the San Gabriel Valley, such as Azusa, Glendora, Covina, West Covina, Arcadia, Irwindale, Baldwin Park, and San Dimas. In Inland Empire, we service the cities of Fontana, Rialto, Bloomington, Rancho Cucamonga, and Ontario. We will respond immediately on a 24/7 basis, so give us a call right now at (626) 914-1841 if you are in need of roadside assistance!