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Stay Safe While Waiting for a Tow Truck With These Tips

When your car breaks down on the side of the road, calling a tow truck may be the only way to get your vehicle off the road and out of the way. Here's how to keep yourself and your passengers safe while you're waiting for a tow truck to come.

Call the Police if You're in a Dangerous Area

If you're in a potentially dangerous place where you're at risk of being physically assaulted, feel free to call the policy. Many police departments will send an officer to wait with you. At the very least, the police department can send a nearby patrol car your way to make sure everything is alright.
A dangerous area may be a high-crime neighborhood, but it doesn't have to be in the middle of a major city. People can also be vulnerable on rural roads, especially at night when other people aren't around and it's dark.

Move to a Safe Location

Look around for a safe location where you can wait for the tow truck to arrive. Stores, gas stations and restaurants are all good places to wait because they're safe and relatively comfortable. A nearby hill may also be a good place to wait, as long as it's away from passing vehicles.
When choosing a location, look for a place that's within view of your vehicle so you can watch for the tow truck to come. If the safest spot to wait doesn't provide a direct line of sight to your vehicle, ask the tow truck company to have their driver call upon arrival.
If you're going to wait outside, look for a location that's away from the side of the road and slightly elevated. The further you're away from your vehicle and higher up you are, the less likely you are to be hit by flying parts if a passing car collides with yours.

Keep Your Seatbelt On

If there's not a safe spot to wait outside your vehicle, the next best option is to stay in your car with your seatbelt on. Keeping your seatbelt on may be slightly uncomfortable, and it doesn't let you shift positions as much as you like.
However, should a passing vehicle collide with yours while you're in your car, you'll want to be buckled in. Having your seatbelt on will keep you from becoming a projectile, and possibly hitting the windshield, the dash, another seat or a door.

Don't Accept Rides from Strangers

Passing drivers may stop to see if you need help. You'll have to use your own judgment on how to interact (or not interact) with anyone who approaches you. For example, you might feel comfortable talking to a person in broad daylight while other cars pass by. You may not be as willing to converse with someone who approaches you on a deserted road late at night.
Regardless of how you feel about the stranger, never accept a ride from anyone you don't know. It's one thing to talk with a stranger in the open where other people can see you. It's another thing to get in the car with them, where they gain complete control over the situation. It’s just too risky.

Tell People What Your Plan Is

After you're in the safest place possible, call a family member or friend. Let them know that you're having car trouble and called a tow service. Inform them of your plan and ask them to call if they don't hear from you in a few hours (or however long is appropriate). This is just a safety measure in the unfortunate case that something bad happens.
When you have car troubles, you want to get off the road as soon as possible. That’s when you’ll want to contact a reliable towing company. If you need towing services in the Indianapolis area, contact Hix Wrecker Service Inc..