How to Prepare Your car for a Tow Truck

Whether you have been in an accident, broken down or just need to move your car from one place to another, a professional towing service is your best bet. We know calling for a tow usually means you’re having a bad day. But you need to prepare your car for the tow truck to make the process goes as smoothly as possible.

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Move Your Car to a Safe Place

If your car is driveable and it’s safe to move then you should try to find a place to park that can be accessed by the tow truck. Look for a road shoulder or a side street with enough clear space to manoeuvre a tow truck and load up your car. Remember to make your own safety a priority and avoid things like moving a heavily damaged car or being outside the vehicle on busy roads and highways.

Prepare Your Car for the Tow Truck

Breakdowns and accidents are always inconvenient. Even if you’re running late for work, you need to do a few things before you leave:

  • Wind up the windows. Also be sure to close your sunroof if you have one. Even if the weather is good today, there’s no guarantee your car won’t be rained on while it’s in the mechanic’s yard.
  • Unlock the doors. Your tow truck driver will need access to the car if you aren’t there when they arrive. If there’s no way to get a key to the towing company then you can hide one in a discreet place. Provide instructions on how the tow truck driver can find it over the phone.
  • Talk to your tow truck driver. When your tow truck arrives it’s important to speak to the driver and update them about the car. This is a great chance to warn the driver that the car has been left in gear or that the handbrake is on. If you can’t be there in person then ask the driver to phone you when they arrive.

Collect Your Personal Items

Unless your car is being towed straight home, you should remove all personal items from the car. It could be days before you can access it again. You should always take the items you think you’ll need, like bags, clothes and phones. But also make an effort to take other items home with you. That includes removing other keys from your car key! There’s nothing worse than making it home and discovering that your house keys have gone off to the insurance assessment centre.

Get Your Car Where it Needs to go with Harvey’s Towing

Having an accident or a breakdown can be stressful, so the team at Harvey’s Towing does everything we can to help. Make a plan and figure out where your car needs to go and we’ll get it there.

If you need a Brisbane tow truck to get your car to a mechanic, insurance assessment centre or if you just need to move your car to a new spot, get in touch with our friendly team and we’ll send a tow truck to pick you up as soon as possible.