Stranded, Stuck or Broken Down: Tips for New Drivers

Understanding The Three ‘Stays’ Of Keeping Safe During A Highway Breakdown After Dark

When you drive a vehicle every day, it is easy to take for granted the fact that car and trucks are merely mechanical and electrical items that can occasionally break down. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for your car to break down and leave you stranded at the most inopportune times–especially after dark. It is incredibly scary to be stranded on the side of the road after dark waiting on a towing service to come to your rescue. However, you can stay safe simply by following these three ‘stay’ rules while you wait on a tow truck after a car breaks down.

Stay in your car until the towing service arrives.

Even if you think you may know what is wrong with your car, it is much safer to just stay inside your vehicle until help gets to you. Stepping out of your vehicle on a busy highway could put …

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What To Do While Waiting For A Tow Truck On An Icy Road

Driving in winter conditions can be challenging. When the roads ice over, accidents can easily occur. If you are involved in an accident on an icy roadway, staying safe while waiting for the assistance of a tow truck is essential.

Here are three tips you can use to help ensure that you stay safe until a tow truck arrives.

1. Set up flares to warn other drivers of your location.

If you have slid off the road due to icy conditions, it’s likely that other drivers will have difficulty navigating the roadway as well. Setting up emergency flares (especially if you are waiting at night or in foggy weather) can alert other drivers to your car’s location.

Flares are self-contained, so there is no need to carry extra batteries in order to make your emergency flares operable. Flares also self-consume, so they don’t need to be retrieved once the tow …

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Been In A Wreck? 3 Things To Do Before The Tow Truck Drives Away

If you’ve been in a wreck and had to call a local towing company, you might be ready to get back home as soon as possible so that you can get some rest and clear your head. However, there are a few things that you should do before the tow truck drives away. Follow these tips before leaving the scene to avoid future problems after your accident.

1. Get the Contact and Billing Information

It can be easy to forget the name on the side of the tow truck after an upsetting and emotional day. Ask for a business card, or jot down the name, phone number and billing information for the company that picks up your vehicle. You will need to know where your car is and how much the tow costs when contacting your insurance company; for example, your insurance adjuster may need to see the vehicle and …

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5 Ways to Make Extra Money without Leaving Your Home

1. Call a Junk Car Company

Do you have an old vehicle on your property that doesn’t run anymore? Although you might think that it’s useless, it’s probably worth more than you think. There are companies out there that offer cash for junk cars, and many of them will come to your home and pick up the car for you. Not only will you be able to make some cash, but you also won’t have to worry about the old car taking up space on your property or affecting your home’s curb appeal.

2. Sell Plants

Do you love plants? If so, consider selling some of your plants for a profit. People love buying pre-grown plants, and if you have extras in your yard, it is a nice way to make money while participating in a hobby that you enjoy. You can also start clippings in water and sell them to …

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Get Your Vehicle Towed In A Hurry

Because people depend on their car to help them out in all aspects of their life, you can find yourself in a real bind if your car suddenly breaks down. Just abandoning your car and moving on with your day can create a hazard for other drivers. If you call for a hook-and-boom truck, connecting the towing cable to your vehicle can scrape or otherwise damage your bumper. Thus, it is important to make sure you call for a tow truce that will get you on your way quickly and won’t damage your car. 

How Does a Spectacle Lift Work?

Unlike the hook-and-boom truck which uses a boom and winch to create the leverage to lift the drive wheels of a vehicle off of the ground, a spectacle lift uses a hydraulic arm. This arm extends from the back of the truck at a downward angle. At the end of …

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