Towing Your Vehicle To The Nearest Repair Shop: 3 Things You Need To Tell The Towing Company Ahead Of Time

Getting your vehicle to the local auto repair shop will typically require towing services if your vehicle is not running or is unsafe to drive in its current condition. Thankfully, most towing companies can get your vehicle where it needs to go without too much fuss. However, if you wish to avoid any issues when towing your vehicle, there are three pieces of information that you will need to pass on to the towing company when requesting their services. Continue reading to learn more about these three important facts.

#1: Any Condition That May Require A Flat Bed Tow Truck

If your vehicle has suffered serious damage to its frame or if one or more of your tires has gone flat, your vehicle will need to be towed on a flatbed truck rather than a standard tow truck. While most towing companies will offer both styles of tow truck, you cannot simply assume that the correct type of truck will be dispatched to your location unless you make them aware of your need for a flatbed when requesting their services. 

#2: Location Of Key If Not Staying With The Vehicle

Depending on the response time for a tow truck and what other engagements you may have, it may not always be possible for you to remain with your vehicle until the tow truck shows up. If you must leave your vehicle unattended, you will need to leave the key for the vehicle somewhere that the tow truck driver will be able to easily retrieve it. This is very important since attempting to tow your vehicle without the key could result in serious damage to the vehicle. Consequently, you will want to ensure that the towing company is both aware of the fact that you will not be with the vehicle and where the tow truck driver can find the key once they arrive. 

#3: Any Obstruction Of Traffic

If your vehicle broke down in a place where it is obstructing the flow of traffic, it is important to pass this information along to the towing company when requesting a tow truck to be dispatched to your location. The most important reason for this is so the towing company can respond as quickly as possible in order to eliminate the safety concerns that come with your vehicle blocking traffic. However, this information is also important since law enforcement will often have your vehicle towed themselves if it is obstructing the road. Having this information ahead of time will allow the towing company to work hand-in-hand with local law enforcement in order to avoid two tow trucks being dispatched for the same job.