No matter how old your vehicle is in or what condition it's in, it is always a good idea to invest in towing insurance if possible to protect your ride in case of a breakdown or accident at any time in the future. But even with towing insurance in place, you may end up having to pay out of pocket for repairs and tows if you reach the service caps that are outlined in your policy. Here are a couple things you can do to save some time and money on your towing service needs in the years to come:
Invest in an Official Manual
The manual that comes with your vehicle and is typically stored in the glove compartment or under the passenger side seat can't provide you with the support you need to get back on the road if you find yourself suddenly broken down. So it's helpful to invest in an official repair manual for your vehicle's specific year, make, and model to keep with you while you're on the road.
An official repair manual will enable you to look up specific problems so you can troubleshoot them yourself and possibly get your vehicle moving again without having to call for a tow. At the very least, your manual will help you decide what steps need to be taken in order to get your ride in working order again which should save you some stress, time, and money overall.
Keep a Tire Changing Kit with You
Chances are that you'll be tempted to call a tow service anytime you get a flat tire if all you have with you is a jack and crowbar to do the job yourself. But calling a tow service for a flat tire can be costly if you don't have towing insurance of some kind – and the call will likely count toward your service caps if you do happen to have towing insurance. Creating a tire changing kit to keep in your vehicle will enable you to quickly change the tire yourself for free and get back on the road within just a few minutes. Your tire changing kit should include:
- A thin mat that can be used to lay on if you have to get underneath your vehicle for any reason.
- A couple pairs of gloves that you can wear to keep your hands free of toxic materials such as grease and oil while working on your vehicle.
- Some flairs that will alert others of your circumstances so they won't get too close as they pass you.
Anything that you feel will make the process of changing a flat tire easy should be included in your kit to ensure that you'll actually use it when you're facing a flat tire.
These simple tips and tricks probably won't eliminate your need for towing services like Michael's Towing & Recovery Service or the expenses that come along with them, but they should dramatically decrease the time, money, and stress that is typically associated with a vehicle breakdown.Share