Finding yourself stuck on the side of the road can be frustrating to say the least. Even though you might have done everything you are supposed to for your vehicle, there is always the chance that something could go wrong that you didn’t count on. Whether it be a flat tire, dead battery or no gas, you can always turn to a tow truck to get you where you need to be and off the side of the road. If you are stuck waiting for the tow truck, follow these tips to stay safely out of harm’s way.
Turn your hazard lights on.
Regardless of whether you are stranded during the middle of the day or in the evening hours during a snowstorm, you want to make sure people know that your vehicle isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The best thing you can do is to turn your hazard lights on so everyone passing by can see you. If you have any reflectors of hazard cones, you can place those around your vehicle on the side facing the road to make sure people see your vehicle in an assortment of conditions.
Exercise caution while waiting for the driver.
It isn’t all that uncommon for other motorists to stop and see if there is anything they can do to help. While many might be honest citizens who are just trying to help someone out, you never can be too careful. The best thing you can do is to crack your window a small amount to speak with individual and let them know help is on the way. Make sure your doors are locked until the tow truck driver arrives. Never leave your vehicle or take a ride from strangers. You never know who might be lurking out there. It is far better to wait than it is to put your life on the line.
Get the license plate number of the driver coming to tow your vehicle.
When calling for a tow truck (such as one from Mark’s Towing, Inc.), make sure to ask the dispatcher for the information of the driver coming to tow your vehicle. By getting the type of vehicle and their license plate number, you can make sure you don’t become a victim of someone preying on unsuspecting individuals who are stranded on the side of the road.
In following the tips above, you can make sure you are safe and secure until the tow truck arrives to get your vehicle to the nearest repair facility.
Even though your mechanic is the best source for repairs to your car, there are a few tasks that you can perform yourself. If you are anxious to do a little do-it-yourself repair on your car, it is important to not pick a task that could result in significant damage to your car or personal injury to you and your passengers. With that in mind, here are some repairs that you should try before moving to more complicated tasks.
Change Worn or Broken Belts
Your car has several belts, including the drive and serpentine belts. The belts help to control different components of your car, such as the power steering and cooling system. If your belt is worn or broken, you can replace it at home. The best way to change the belt is to pay close attention to how it is currently routed. Once you remove the belt, you only need to wind the new belt through the old route.
On the off chance that you cannot remember the routing for the belt, check the underside of your car’s hood or the owner’s manual. A diagram with the routing is available for you to review.
Change the Air Filter
The air filter helps to keep dirt out of your engine so that it is not damaged. If your air filter is dirty, fuel and oil to the engine could be contaminated. As a result, you could experience engine problems. To change out your air filter, check your engine for a plastic lid on the side. Unscrew the lid, remove the filter, and slide a new one in its place. Be sure to screw the plastic lid back into place.
Repair a Chipped Windshield
If your windshield has a small chip or crack, you can probably repair it yourself at home. There are windshield repair kits available at auto repair stores that are specially designed for handling small chips and cracks. It is important that you follow the directions in the kit. Before you fix the windshield, it is a good idea to clean the interior and exterior of the windshield. It is best to repair the windshield on a cool day. The substances used to repair the windshield can dry out quickly in hot weather.
Other repairs should be handled by an auto repair shop like G P Automotive. If you are in doubt whether or not you can complete a repair yourself, do not take the risk of damaging your car.