Here at Bethlehem Towing we want your towing experience to be as safe as possible. We are unfortunately too familiar with injuries that occur on the roadside. We have written this blog with your safety in mind. We wish to offer suggestions to help keep you safe if you are stranded with your vehicle.
1) Do not exit the vehicle on a busy road. Please use your best safety knowledge and resist the urge to get out of the vehicle to look at your tire if you believe it has gone flat or if you believe your car suffered damage. Do NOT exit your vehicle when your vehicle is within the lanes of traffic. Pull your car off to the side of the road and ensure you are safe and out of harm’s way prior to exiting the vehicle to assess for damage. We strongly recommend you remain in the vehicle until our towing professionals arrive to assess for damage. Our staff are highly trained in roadside safety and will make your safety a priority.
2) Shut your vehicle off if you suspect it is overheating. After you have pulled safely off the road you should turn the engine off if you suspect overheating. Allowing the vehicle to remain running in this situation will further potentiate damage to your engine. DO NOT take off the water cap or radiator cap when your engine is still hot as the cap will burst open under the pressure, and will cause serious burns and scalds. Your engine must be completely cooled down before you attempt to touch any of your vehicles fittings or fluids. You may add antifreeze to a cooled radiator. Also ensure proper oil levels. Take your vehicle to service center for further diagnostic testing. This may include checking hoses for leaks and checking your fans.
3) Turn on hazard lights or interior lights in the dark to ensure other vehicles see you. If you are prepared and have a flare or cone in your vehicle this may be a good time to break them out to alert other drivers of the hazard up ahead.
4) A common practice in the United States is to hang something white out of a closed vehicle window to signal other drivers of the hazard beside the road. If you must leave your vehicle beside the road most states require that you notify the local police department of the vehicles location. This may prevent your vehicle from being towed by the local police department which usually includes impounding and storage fees. In this situation we strongly suggest you call Bethlehem Towing to be proactive and prevent the hassles of being towed by local authorities.