- 9th September 2019
- In Blog
Car breakdowns are very common and you can read this article for the most common reasons for towing services in East London to find out more. Our flatbed tow trucks in London will be with you as soon as possible but an important consideration is your safety while you are waiting for the auto-recovery.
Read below to find out how can you be safe when your vehicle breaks down at the roadside.
Keep out of traffic while waiting for towing service
Once you experience car breakdown, the first safety measure to observe is ensuring you get the vehicle out of traffic. You can do so by moving to the hard shoulder if you in the motorway or off the road if you are in London to ensure you are away from traffic as possible.
Watch over your children
While it may be thought that inside the vehicle is safer for the children while waiting for the tow truck, the converse is actually true, especially in warm weather. Once you pull over the roadside, take the children (if any) out of the vehicle and have them stay in an alternative safe place as you wait.
Safe waiting location
With the vehicle off the road, select a safe location to stand as your waiting for towing service. This should be on either side of the car. Never stand or keep your children directly in front or at the back of the car. Doing so exposes all of you to danger in case the broken-down vehicle starts to roll considering it has mechanical issues. On motorways, the safest location is as far away from your car and behind the crash bar.
Ensure your hazard lights are turned on and let them remain on as you wait for the tow truck. The lights will notify other motorists that your car is disabled. It further makes the drivers easily see your vehicle especially if it gets dark.
Not all the cars in the UK are equipped with safety triangles but if your car has one use it to increase the visibility of your broken down vehicle. Position the reflector triangle at least 30m away from your car but without putting yourself in danger. The emergency triangles are very visible and therefore alerts other drivers to steer away from the stalled car.
Watch out for strangers
While waiting, you will likely experience other motorists stopping by to offer help. Although some may be genuine, there might be others with sinister motives. Do not let strangers in your car or allow other tow trucks, aside from the one you called, to tow your car.
Mind your valuables
Another important safety tip as you are waiting for car towing service is to take all the valuables from the car and keep them in an alternative place. This will ensure that you are reducing the chances of your valuables being lost or damaged.