When you need Emergency Towing
When your car suddenly breaks down leaving you on the side of the road, or even worse in the middle of the road, you need help fast! Call Eden Prairie towing.
Our emergency towing response team is ready to help. Your vehicle trouble could be the result of an electrical or mechanical failure. It could be that the brakes failed forcing you use the emergency brake and coast to the side of the road. Sometimes it's a transmission problem. Or maybe it's as simple as needing a battery jump start , or getting a flat tire changed. We have seen every type of vehicle situation. What may be a unique situation for you is not new to Eden Prairie towing. We've seen it all and fixed it all. That why we are here for you.
When you are cruising down the road and suddenly your vehicle starts making strange noises and vibrations, or if the bakes or steering do not feel right, it's a very upsetting and stressful situation.
When you are stressed it's more difficult to concentrate on the road. All the possibilities about what could be wrong and what it's going to cost start running through your head. Then you start worrying about the inconvenience and cost of a towing service. With Eden Prairie towing you don't have to worry about waiting for a tow truck because we respond quickly. And you don't have to worry about the cost because we are reasonable and affordable.
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When your car breaks down what should you do?
When you are stranded because your vehicle broke down the cost of repairs and the inconvenience should not be another thing you have to worry about.
Having your vehicle break down on you while you are driving is a dangerous situation. It's not a time to be think about anything else except paying attention to the road and how your vehicle is handling.
What to do when your vehicle breaks down
When your vehicle is breaking down on you while driving, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your passengers. You don't want a bad situation getting any worse.
Follow these steps to help keep you safe.
Get out of the way of traffic
Your first priority is the safety of yourself and your passengers. You want to lower the risk of being in an auto accident and keep yourself and your passengers safe. You must move off the road as quickly possible. If your engine has stopped running try to use the momentum of your car to coast to the side of the road.
Your vehicles forward momentum will fade quickly so you won’t have much time to coast off the road. The more your vehicle slows down, the more difficult it will be to brake and steer. If the motor is off then the power steering and the power brakes will not be working. You will have to use more leg strength on the brake pedal and more arm muscle to steer than you are used to.
Don't be scared or panic, keep your eyes on the road and where you want to go. Do your best to steer and slow the vehicle down and coast to a safe spot as far to the side of the road as possible. When your car is stopped, turn your front wheels so that they are pointing away from the road. This will help prevent your vehicle from accidentally rolling back into traffic. That is possible if your car has come to a stop on a slight hill or slope. Engage the emergency brake, and make sure your transmission is in park, and turn on the emergency road hazard flashers.
If you can't get all the way off of the road, call 911 for help. Don't get out of your vehicle because you could get hit by another car. When you are able to coast or drive your vehicle to a safe spot off the road turn on your emergency road hazard light flashers, engage the emergency brake or parking brake, and put the vehicle shifter in park. Then if you must get out of the vehicle, get out on the passenger side, or through whichever doors open away from traffic.
After you are on the side of the road and stopped, and have engaged the emergency brake, and turned on the hazard flashers, look for signs or landmarks to identify your location for the towing service and police. You can do this by looking for exit signs, mile markers, and intersections. If you are not on the highway look for street signs and note if you are close to an intersection, or a building with an address. When you call the towing service and / or the police, give them this information to make it easier to find you.
Make your vehicle as visible as possible for your safety and the safety of your passengers. This is especially important at night and in bad weather. You want to make easy for moving vehicles to see you and for the police or roadside assistance to find you. Have your emergency flashers on and the hood of your vehicle up.
Know where your emergency hazard lights are
It is very important for you to turn on your vehicle's emergency road hazard flasher lights.
If you have never used them before you should familiarize yourself with the location the button or switch that turns them on. Test them periodically.
The emergency road hazard flasher lights button is usually in an easy to find place on your center console or under your radio. The vehicle manufacturers put it in an easy to find place. Look for a larger button with a red triangle on it. The button may be orange with a red triangle on it. Often it is near the parking brake handle.
Dead vehicle battery
If the battery in your vehicle is dead the hazard lights will not work. If your battery is weak and dying they may only be dimly lit and not bright enough for other drivers to see your car from a safe distance. A dead battery makes your situation much more dangerous. Therefore, you should invest in a set of reflective orange triangle warning signs and keep them in your vehicle as a supplement to your hazard flashers. Even when your hazard flasher are working you should always use the reflective orange triangle road hazard warning signs.
If you don't have the orange reflective warning signs, use what you have to make some sort of signal. You can make a flag out of a while tee-shirt or some other light colored cloth. This is not as good as the reflective waring triangle signs but it is better than nothing. You can hang the flag on the vehicle antenna if it has one, or hang it outside the driver’s door window and shut the window to on the edge of the cloth to lock it in place. This will be a sign to other drivers and police that you are in trouble. Another thing you can do to help make your vehicle more visible is to open the hood of your car and leave it up.
Another important piece of your road safety kit should be some brightly colored reflective vests. If you must leave your vehicle, wear the yellow or orange reflective vests. This is especially important at night and in bad weather when visibility is poor. But don't get careless or a false sense of safety just because you are wearing the safety vest. You must still pay attention to traffic at all times. People have been hit by drivers who were not paying attention to the road or were distracted by a dog or children in their car. At highway speeds, if a driver looks away from the road for even a few seconds he may not see you until it is too late. Even if you are wearing a reflective road safety vest.
The general rule from the Insurance Institute is to stay inside your vehicle. Once you have open the hood and positioned the road hazard warning signs at the proper distances away from your vehicle, you should have no reason for being outside the vehicle.
After you have pulled off the road, turn on your emergency hazard flashers lights, and set up your reflective warning signs, you can call for a tow truck or roadside assistance. You you are on the side of the road because of a traffic accident then call the police first.
When your car breaks down leaving you stranded, and you need to call for help, Eden Prairie Towing is always ready. If you have been involved in an accident, or if your vehicle died in the middle of traffic and is blocking traffic, then call 911 for the police first and then call for a tow truck. If you are safely off to the side of the road not blocking traffic, and it is not an emergency, and no one is hurt, then you can call for a towing service or roadside assistance.
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