Be Prepared For The Tow Truck
When it's time to call a tow truck, most people are already stressed out and worried about the cost. The last thing you need to worry about is whether your tow truck driver is experienced. But there have been many cases in which tow truck drivers damaged the vehicles they were sent out to tow. What can the average person do to protect his car during when it's being towed? There are some steps you can take to help ensure that you are not going to face additional damages from the tow. The first and arguably most important thing you can do to protect your car is to choose a reputable tow company. While it might save you a few dollars to use "Joe's Tows" - that one-man operation that does business out of the tow truck itself - you might find that Joe has no insurance to cover damages if he should happen to break something during the trip. Joe might be the greatest guy around but he might also know little about towing other than hooking on to a bumper and dragging the car to town. If you have a roadside assistance program, use it first. Especially if you're away from home, these programs typically have lists of reputable tow truck companies are insured and experienced. It's a sad fact that women who are stranded on the road alone are sometimes taken advantage of. This is another reason to call for a reputable tow truck company. There's first and foremost the issue of safety because you'll likely have to ride in with the tow truck driver unless you have someone you can call on for a ride. The next issue is purely financial and some people are unscrupulous enough to over charge if they feel they can get away with it. Even if you aren't expecting car trouble, take a few minutes to see what the going rates are for tow trucks in your area. This will at least give you a basis for knowing if you're being overcharged simply because you look vulnerable. While no one other than the tow truck drivers themselves should have to be an expert on the art of towing vehicles, it's important that you have some idea of what to expect. Many car manuals have towing instructions. Take time to read yours or ask someone how your vehicle should be towed if it became necessary. A little preparation on your part could save you time and money if you happen to call on an inexperienced or unscrupulous tow truck driver.