Breaking down on the side of the road is always a pain and breaking down in the middle of the night increases that stress. The darkness reduces visibility, so breaking down at night can be dangerous. Before calling a tow truck company, there are some precautions you can take to make your time on the side of the road much safer.
When experiencing car problems, the first thing drivers typically do is begin slowing down. While it may be possible for other drivers to notice your speed during the day, it is very difficult to estimate how fast your car is moving at night. This can result in a rear-end collision. For this reason, it is essential that you turn on the hazard lights the moment you begin to notice anything strange about the way the car is operating. The hazards notify other drivers that you aren’t moving at a typical speed and should be approached with caution.
Pull off the Road
When you experience a breakdown, pull as far off the road as possible. Vehicles on the shoulder of the road are in danger of getting hit, especially at night. By pulling completely off the road, you reduce this risk and increase your level of safety.
Mark Your Location
When driving at night, it can be difficult to point out nearby landmarks that could help a tow truck company find your location. Fortunately, modern technology allows us to ‘drop a pin’ on a GPS so you can be found at your exact location. The precise mile marker where you are located can be determined when you call a tow truck company, the authorities, or AAA.
Call for Help
While it is only necessary to call the police in the event of an accident, some may still want to call 911. The side of the road in the dark of night can feel unsafe, and you are never wrong to contact the police to alert them of your situation. If you don’t find calling the police necessary, make a phone call to a tow truck company for a pickup or roadside assistance.
Exit from the Passenger’s Side
At night, visibility is low which can make getting out of your car dangerous. Even if the road seems clear, getting out exiting your car on the driver’s side can be a fatal mistake. For example, you could trip while getting out and not have enough time to get up and out of the way before another car passes. Whenever possible, exit your vehicle through the passenger side door. If this isn’t possible and you feel your vehicle is a safe distance off the road, remain in your car until the tow truck company arrives.
Reflectors or Flares
In the case of a vehicle breakdown, it is important to have an emergency kit with flares or reflective triangles. Once you have pulled over to the side of the road and exited through the passenger side door, it is time to make yourself visible. Place flares or reflective triangles both near your vehicle and 30 feet behind and in front of your vehicle. This will alert other drivers, the police, and the tow truck company of your presence.
Call the Right Tow Truck Company
If your car breaks down during the day or night, you are going to need a reliable tow truck company to assist you. Accurate Towing Service is comprised of top experts in towing, hauling, repair, and recovery and are always ready to provide assistance. All of our drivers are trained and certified in all aspects of towing and recovery to meet all of your needs. The next time your car breaks down on the side of the road, contact us for speedy, professional service.