Towing service is one of the least understood aspects of auto transport services. Drivers for such services are specialized individuals who have not been through any training or formal program. So, how can you as a consumer to protect yourself from the mistakes they may make?
With the advent of the Internet, locating these services has become easier. In addition, recent car manufacturers such as Ford and GM have issued guidelines about how to pick the right company.
Most car owners are familiar with the phrase “when in doubt, hit the gas”. The idea behind this is that when driving on the highway you should use your vehicle as much as possible. This allows your tires to work as hard as possible, which speeds up your driving.
Using your vehicle sparingly, can be a good tactic for getting some extra miles in your car when not being driven. And of course, it is a great way to get ahead of the game and negotiate better prices for your ride.
Of course, some drivers do not know that the mileage you keep on your odometer actually represents gas money. As you know, gas prices can be high enough to make fuel savings an important consideration. You want to maximize gas mileage by minimizing your overall trips.
Avoid minor traffic violations and minor running lights, as well. Towing companies will report these violations to the DMV, and this can lead to a suspension of your license. To avoid this, try to drive carefully, follow the posted speed limit, and take proper care of your car.
Keep in mind that if your personal vehicle is involved in a minor accident, you do not have the insurance coverage that is required by law. As a result, a company will be left with not only a major repair bill but also the potential of having your car towed away and repossessed.
If you have a professional auto body shop do the towing service for you, make sure that they follow industry standards in the type of tools they use. Some service companies only use the most basic equipment, such as jack hammers and crowbars. Their vehicles may have proper locks, but their tools are just a little rusty.
You might find that some of the company’s drivers will try to jump you when you pull up in front of them on the side of the road. If you see one of these, don’t roll down your window or engage your signal light, because they are obviously trying to get ahead of you.
Another thing to be on the lookout for is tailgating. Often a car behind you might have just taken the exit that is less traveled, and they will try to get ahead of you before you have a chance to get to your destination. You should not allow this to happen because it means that they are trying to get ahead of you for some reason.
You should call the authorities at once if you see one of your cars driving in such dangerous maneuvers, because this can be dangerous and end in an accident. Of course, these things are not done intentionally, but as a result of driver fatigue, inexperience, or other issues.
As a matter of fact, many companies will offer liability coverage to cover accidents caused by other drivers while being driven by a truck driver or any other vehicle that has a large driver load. This can help cover the repairs that are needed, as well as pay for legal fees and damages.