Few things are more frustrating than a vehicle breakdown, especially when you are nowhere near home. While breaking down and waiting for a tow truck to get to you is inconvenient, you could end up in a worse situation if the vehicle is damaged during the tow.
You may not realize a car can become damaged during a tow. This is an added frustration to the issue that caused you to break down in the first place. To prevent any further issues with your vehicle, you need to take some precautions and make adjustments to your vehicle to make sure everything is safe. Here are some things you need to check before the tow truck leaves.
Be Sure the Emergency Brake Is Released
For many, setting the emergency brake is a natural part of parking a vehicle, even when it breaks down. Unfortunately, if you or the tow truck driver forgets to release the brake before the truck leaves, you could risk damage to the vehicle's brake system. This is particularly harmful with a traditional tow, in which two wheels remain on the road.
As soon as the tow truck gets to the scene and is ready to load, place the vehicle in the neutral position and release the parking brake. At this point, you are good to go with a tow on two wheels.
If your vehicle is towed on a flatbed tow truck, you do not have to be as concerned with the brakes during the tow, but you need to ensure the emergency brake is off while the vehicle is loaded onto the truck.
Check the Transmission Position
Your automatic transmission vehicle can tow while it is in the neutral position without issue, as long as the non-driving wheels are on the road. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, you can tow any of the wheels on the road.
While the vehicle can safely tow on its two wheels with the transmission in neutral, keep in mind some damage can occur if the destination is far. This is because the neutral position does not disengage the vehicle's transmission from the tires like it does the engine.
The engine, therefore, is not helpful in regulating the heat generated by the wheels as the vehicle travels. Your transmission will ultimately overheat and cause significant damage. If you have a long distance, you need to request a flatbed tow for the least amount of damage.
Make Sure the Windows Are Up
One thing some people forget before a tow is to roll up the windows. If the windows are down during the tow, you risk debris and dust being kicked from the tow truck wheels and into the vehicle. This can result in damage to the upholstery of the vehicle.
Be Sure to Check the Vehicle Before You Leave
Before the tow truck drives away with your vehicle, be sure to go behind the driver to ensure everything is in proper position. Although you are not a professional, you should notice any glaring mistakes, such as disconnected chains or cables. If your vehicle is not lifted on a flatbed, definitely check to be sure your vehicle is still in the correct position and the emergency brake is still released.
If something looks off to you, make sure to ask the tow truck operator about your concerns. He or she should be happy to explain any part of the towing process to you. If you are still in doubt, snap some pictures with your smart phone or camera. In the event your vehicle does suffer damage, you will want the pictures as evidence.
If you need towing services, please contact us at Best Wrecker for assistance.