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How Can I Prepare My Vehicle for Towing?

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Towing can be a confusing and stressful situation for most people, but it is imperative to know how to prepare your vehicle for the tow. If your car breaks down on the side of the road, knowing what steps to take before the tow truck arrives can help simplify the process. The next time you have car trouble, here are some helpful tips that will ensure everything goes smoothly when you call a towing company for help.

Ensure your vehicle is off the road 

One of the most important things you can do when you’re waiting for your towing provider to arrive is ensuring your vehicle is safely away from oncoming traffic. By moving your car out of the way of oncoming traffic, you can help ensure that everyone stays safe until the tow truck arrives. If your vehicle is immobile, or there are other reasons preventing you from moving your vehicle off the road, don’t worry. Remain inside your vehicle while waiting for your towing/roadside assistance provider.

Tell the tow truck service about the car issue

When you’re in a bind and need help, it’s hard to know what information to provide to the tow truck driver or roadside assistance. Without the right information, it can take longer for the tow truck driver to arrive on the scene, or they may not be able to help you at all. Make sure you have your car make and model handy, as well as your location. It’s also important to describe the issue your vehicle is facing. This will help the tow truck driver or roadside assistance provider determine how best to assist you.

Release the parking brake

Another step you will want to take before the tow truck arrives is releasing the parking brake. The parking brake is often a lever in between the seats. Make sure it’s pushed down. If you’re unsure of how to do this, don’t worry. Your tow truck driver will help you once they arrive.

Take photos

Before letting the tow truck driver move your car, take photos of any visible damage. This will help you file a claim with your insurance company when it comes time. In case of any grievances you might have when you retrieve your vehicle, you’ll have evidence to back your claim. 

Wind up your windows

Lastly, be sure to wind up your windows before the tow truck arrives. If you don’t have power locks or a manual window crank, this is an important step that will prevent any accidents during your vehicle’s transit. 

Ask about the price in advance

Before the tow truck arrives, make sure you ask about how much it will cost to have your vehicle towed away. If possible, get an estimate in writing before they start moving anything around. Having this information beforehand can help prevent any confusion or misunderstandings later on. 

Plan for a ride

When you’re waiting for your tow service, it’s important to situate a ride. You can start by calling a friend or a family member if they are able to pick you up and drive you home. Sometimes, towing companies will be willing to give you a ride, but it’s not always guaranteed, so be sure to ask beforehand!

Contact our Towing Service!

Towing company in Federal Way WA. Proudly serving Federal Way and the surrounding areas, NFS Towing LLC offers prompt, reliable, and friendly towing services and roadside assistance services.
We pride ourselves on our timeliness and customer service. We understand that you have places to get to and things to do. We are here to help when your vehicle tries to throw off those plans. We are available 24/7 because we know that auto troubles can occur at any moment. Whether you need something simple such as a jump or a tire changed or you are stuck in the snow or involved in an accident, NFS Towing LLC is here to help you. Call us at (253) 218-3535

FAQ

Is it better to tow a car from the front or back?

This depends on the type of car you have. If your vehicle has front-wheel drive, tow from the back is generally more advantageous. However, if your vehicle has rear-wheel drive, it is better to tow from the front. Always consult with your tow truck driver before they arrive on scene to better understand the best way to tow your car. 

Do I need a permit to have my car towed?

Generally speaking, you do not need a permit to have your car towed. However, there may be some exceptions to this rule depending on the location where your vehicle is towed and the service provider. Make sure you ask before anything happens, so there are no surprises after everything has been said and done.

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