Many reasons that cause motorists to call for roadside assistance can be prevented. This article discusses some of the things that you can do to reduce how often you call for towing services when your car breaks down.
Check the Basics as You Refuel
Many people just sit or check their social media accounts as they are topping up the fuel in their cars. This denies them a good opportunity to detect any developing problem that may compel them to call for roadside assistance later on. Use the time that you are filling up your car with fuel to check the basic systems in the car. Walk around the car and see if there is anything amiss with the tyres (such as one tyre appearing to be lower than others are). Check underneath the car for any debris or hanging components. Check whether there are signs of fluid leaks underneath the car. Any anomaly that you spot should be attended to at the earliest opportunity before the problem worsens to the extent of crippling your car.
Have Essential Tools in the Car
Many car problems can be resolved quickly if you have the right tools with you. For example, you may not require roadside assistance if jumper cables can be used by a passing motorist to help you to restart your car. It is, therefore, important for you to have some basic tools each time you are driving. These include jumper cables, a car jack, screwdrivers and a small hammer. Those tools will enable you to handle simple repairs on your own, and you will not need towing services.
Learn How to Fit a Spare Tyre
Many motorists call for towing services when they get a flat tyre. This cost could have been avoided if the person knew how to change a flat tyre. You should, therefore, put in the effort to learn how to perform this task so that you empower yourself to sort this common cause of the need for towing services. Ask your car mechanic to teach you if you do not have a friend who can show you how to replace a flat tyre. You should also confirm that there is a spare tyre in your car at all times.
Help Those That Are Stranded
Make it a habit to stop and find out how you can help those whose cars have broken down. This selfless act will expose you to different reasons (such as when car battery terminals loosen and the car stalls) why people need towing services. The knowledge that you gather when you make those stops will arm you with the skills that you need to get out of similar situations in future.
Use the tips above to reduce how much you spend on roadside assistance. Always call for towing services when you are not certain about what has caused your car to break down. This will save you from causing further damage as you tinker with different systems.
Hi there! Brenton here. I'm a bit of an adventurer and I've actually driven around Australia three times. From the Nullarbor Plains to the Gulf, I have driven on some seriously bad roads. After my first trip, I learnt that despite my bush mechanic skills, I can't always fix vehicles. I've become quite an amateur expert on how to avoid breakdowns as well as the best towing services to access when all else fails. I have lots of other mates who like going off the beaten track and I'm always giving them tips in case they need to be towed for assistance. Australia is a vast country with lots of isolated patches, so it's best to be prepared. I hope this blog gives you an insight into the best towing services and shows you how they can be a lifesaver in desperate circumstances. Please drive in!