Traveling out of town is an exciting experience. You get to see new places, experience new restaurants, and enjoy time away from home. Nothing wreaks more havoc on a trip than when a vehicle breaks down. At On Demand Towing in Oakland, CA, we know that having a car stop working while you're on vacation can be stressful. Here are some tips to making the event less stressful.
Get roadside assistance through your insurance company or through AAA. This is the single best move you can make to help you on your trip if you need it. Roadside assistance insurance is often inexpensive and can lead to a discount on your entire insurance bill. If you need a tow and you don't have insurance or AAA, you may find yourself with an expensive bill.
Make sure that your vehicle has safety equipment on board. You should carry flares, reflective triangles, and a roadside emergency kit. If your car breaks down, you want to pull over to the side of the road. Get far enough off the road that other cars won't threaten your safety. As long as there is no smell of gas, you can use flares to help warn other drivers of your predicament. Otherwise, the triangles are a good warning. Always stay with your vehicle and inside it. Don't take chances setting up flares or triangles.
If you have roadside assistance, you can call your provider. They can help you find a company to take care of your vehicle. Otherwise, you can use your phone to find a nearby towing company. Doing a search for a "tow truck near me in Oakland" will help you find a company that can come and get your car while you're in the Bay Area. If you don't have Internet access, you can call the non-emergency number for the police. AAA will also help non-members, but you will have to foot the bill.