So often we rely on our vehicle to get use back and forth to our various destinations without any problems or failures. When the vehicle breaks down, many people feel unprepared and often are not ready to deal with the coming challenges. Cheap Towing asks if you’re prepared for an unexpected breakdown. If not we have a few “how to” tips for always being prepared for the unexpected and help you feel ready for future breakdowns. This will help you deal with the situation as it occurs.
Know Common Causes of Car Breakdowns
First it is important to know some of the most common types of breakdowns to know what to prepare for. Failing batteries is one of the most common problems followed by tire problems such as blowout or flats. You should have your vehicle batteries tested about every six months, and keep a portable jump starter in your vehicle. For flat tires you can keep a portable tire compressor that can help refill your tire’s air. However, for a major flat it is safer to change out the tire versus filling it with air. Tires should be inspected often. Check for low tire pressure, and pay attention to tire tread wear patterns, which should be even. If the tread gets too low, it is time to replace your tires. Regular maintenance can help prevent many road side breakdowns.
Roadside Emergency Car Kit
Next, you will want to put together a breakdowns kit. It is recommended to have a portable battery jumper and air compressor for common problems. Next keep a spare phone charger in your vehicle to make sure you can call for help. You may want to consider keeping a good car jack. Dealership jacks are not very quick to use. Also make sure you maintain your spare tire and have it checked. Spare tires can lose air over time. Lastly make sure you keep a small shovel, first aid kit, bottled water, nonperishable food or snacks and a flashlight inside the vehicle. This basic kit can help aid you in most breakdown situations and make you better prepared.
Roadside assistance can be your best ally in breakdown situations. They are equipped to handle minor problems. Roadside assistance services can bring fuel, or other fluids, change flat tires, jump start your vehicle and other basic repairs. However, major mechanical problems will need an auto repair shop to fix your vehicle. You will want to be prepared and have a reliable towing and roadside assistance service ready so you know who to call if a breakdown occurs.
Take Control in Event of Car Breakdown
When you breakdown it’s important not to panic and stay in control. If possible pull your vehicle off the side of the road. At the first sign of problem, turn on your emergency lights to warn other drivers you’re having a problem. If you’ve broken down at a traffic light turn your lights on and wait for help. If you’re able or someone offers to help push your car off the side of the road, do it. Depending on the situation call for roadside assistance first. If the vehicle has been involved in an accident or is unable to be moved, contact a towing service.
Towing & Roadside Assistance Services in Reseda, Woodland Hills, North Hills & Greater Los Angeles, CA
No one wants to find themselves broken down away from home. However it is best to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. If you need roadside assistance or a towing service, contact Cheap Towing we are open 24/7.