How to avoid needing a tow truck or roadside assistance
We aren’t trying to put ourselves out of business, but we understand that getting yourself in a situation where you need our towing or roadside assistance services can be an inconvenient or even scary experience. Therefore we’ve put together a list of things you can do to try to keep yourself safely on the road.
1) Get faulty fuel gauges fixed
While your personal knowledge of your car may mean you are able to get by with a faulty fuel gauge for a while, almost inevitably it will catch you out at some point and leave you high and dry on the side of the road. Though it will cost to get the gauge fixed, the avoidance of future expense and inconvenience may make it worthwhile in the long run.
2) Plan your journey
To avoid running out of gas we recommend planning your route around pre-researched fuel stations when driving through unfamiliar areas, particularly when there are long distances between towns. Don’t take any risks, and top-up your fuel regularly rather than only refilling when on empty.
3) Keep a spare set of keys
It's always worth keeping an extra set of keys somewhere outside of your vehicle in case of lockouts. Though it does cost to get more keys cut, relying on just one set of keys means losing that set can mean needing to replace all the locks on the vehicle. Even if the keys are locked in the car, it can sometimes be more convenient to call a friend to get the spare set for you than it is to have to call a roadside assistance service to access your vehicle.
4) Get the vehicle regularly serviced
It makes sense that a well maintained vehicle is less likely to break down as a service can spot problems before they affect the vehicle performance. Get your vehicle serviced at least one a year, or more often if you do high mileage or your vehicle requires more regular checks.
5) Drive to the weather conditions
It’s common sense but if it’s wet, icy, or the roads are muddy, you must slow down to stay safe. In winter we often get calls from people who have slid off the road. Brake before corners to avoid braking hard on them and increasing the chance of skidding. Ensure you have good tread on your tires and if you are in a cold region consider switching to winter or snow tires to suit the conditions. Check with your state regulations.
6) Keep a spare tire and jack in the back of your vehicle
If you have a spare tire and jack, and know how to change a tire, you may be able to do it yourself and avoid having to call for roadside assistance. However, if the road is busy, the weather is cold or wet, the ground is muddy, you are dressed to impress, or you are at all unsure about changing a tire, we recommend giving Towing Evansville a call and we’ll be happy to do the dirty work for you. If you don’t have a spare tire we may have one that fits, or we can tow you to somewhere you can get a fix or replacement.
To sum up:
While these are some things you can do to keep your vehicle running well and on the road, we know that even the best intention in the world can’t prevent you from ever needing our services. When you do find yourself off the road, with a flat tire, locked out of your vehicle or needing a fuel delivery, just give us a call and Towing Evansville will be out to help you as fast as we can.