4 Common Car Emergencies and How to Handle Them

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When you get behind the wheel of your car, it’s usually with the assumption that you’ll get from point A to point B without any trouble.

But every so often, trouble pops up. Some things, like traffic jams and accidents, you just can’t help. And sometimes your car runs into mechanical issues that you can’t diagnose on your own.

Then there are some issues you can fix on your own. While our Woodstock, Virginia roadside repair service is happy to help drivers no matter their need, we’re here to let you know that there are some car emergencies that aren’t as dire as they seem.

Fixing a flat tire

Whether it’s due to damage sustained on the road or a leaky valve stem, flat tires are one of the most common problems drivers face.

And while dealing with them is stressful — especially in the case of a sudden blowout — fixing them is easier than you might think. All you’ll need is a spare tire, jack and lug wrench, and a brick if possible.

Start by putting your car in park — with the emergency brake engaged — ideally away from traffic and on a level surface. Put the brick behind the tire opposite the one you’re about to replace to prevent the car from rolling.

Once you remove the hubcap, you’ll find the lug nuts. Loosen them slightly with the wrench, but make sure they stay attached to the fire for now. Place the jack under the body of the car in a way that it is against the car without risk of falling. From there, jack up the vehicle and remove the lug nuts.

Replace the old tire with your spare/new tire and tighten the lug nuts. You should do this on alternating sides. If your tire has five lug nuts, tighten them in a star pattern, starting at the top, moving downward on a diagonal, then back up, etc.

After you’ve lowered the jack and the car is on the ground, tighten the lug nuts once more for good measure.

Jumpstarting a battery

You’re at the grocery store, loading bags into your car when a lady parked next to you asks for help jump starting her car. If you know what you’d do next, feel free to skip ahead.

If not, here’s how to restore a dead car battery to life. Jumper cables aren’t something to fool around with. They can be dangerous. Follow the directions on their packaging, or get another driver with more experience lead the way.

Start by making sure both cars are parked facing each other, hood to hood. Keep the jumper cables unbent at all times to prevent shocks.

When you open the hood, you’ll see terminals marked positive (plus sign) and negative (minus sign). Once you know both cars are off, jump the battery with these steps.

  • Connect the positive cable to the positive terminal on the dead battery. In most sets of jumper cables, the positive cable is red.
  • Connect the other positive cable to the positive terminal on the live battery.
  • Connect the negative cable to the negative terminal on the live battery. Negative cables are normally black.
  • Connect the other end of the negative/black cable to a metal section under the hood of the car with the dead battery. This metal surface must be unpainted and away from the battery.

From there, let the battery charge for five minutes, then see whether the car will start. If the car doesn’t start, let it charge for a few minutes more and try restarting the car with the dead battery. Assuming the jump was successful, detach the cables in this order:

  • The negative cable attached to the unpainted metal section
  • The negative cable attached to the live battery
  • The positive cable attached to the live battery
  • The positive cable attached to the car that was jumped

If neither you or the other driver are sure about this process, don’t hesitate to call your local Woodstock VA roadside repair service. It’s better to admit you don’t know how to do something than put yourself or another driver in danger.

Running out of gas

“I have enough gas to get me home,” you tell yourself before setting out on a long drive down a rural stretch of highway.

As it turns out, you don’t. Miles before your destination, your car starts to sputter and die, the fuel gauge on “E.”

When this happens, here’s what to do:

  • Pull over. If your car has stopped and there’s not enough fuel to get you to the side of the road, shift to neutral and — when you know it’s safe to do so — push the car to the side of the road, switching on your hazard lights to let other drivers know you need help.
  • Use your smartphone or a good old fashioned map to figure out where you’ve stopped.
  • Be sure your phone has a proper charge. You might be waiting a while, so you’ll need a way to communicate.
  • Find a local gas station. Failing that, call a towing company or roadside assistance service.

An overheated car

Having your car overheat can be scary. One minute you’re driving along normally, the next your engine is hissing and smoking. When this happens, take control of the situation by:

  • Switching on your heater. This might sound funny, but having the heat on pulls warm air away from your engine, easing the pressure on your car’s cooling system. Sometimes this is enough to bring the engine temperature down. You’ll know it’s worked if the warning light shuts off or the temperature gauge returns to its normal position.
  • If turning the heater on fails to cool the car after a few minutes of driving, it’s time to pull over and shut off the car. It’s the safest and most effective way to bring the engine temperature down. Call roadside assistance if you have it, or get in touch with your local Woodstock, Virginia roadside repair service.
  • If you don’t have access to roadside assistance, be patient. Give your engine at least 15 minutes to cool down. The coolant in an overheated car is EXTREMELY hot. You’re als in danger of burns from hot water or steam.
  • Once you’ve given the engine time to cool, add some coolant. Consult your owner’s manual to find your coolant reservoir.
  • If the temperature gauge returns to normal, you can proceed with caution. Keep in mind that this is a temporary fix. You’ll need a mechanic to find what caused the car to overheat in the first place.

Roadside repair in Woodstock, Virginia

We should stress once again that if you don’t feel comfortable addressing any of these DIY car repairs on your own, Shenandoah Towing is here to help.

Our roadside repairs include tire repair and replacement, battery jumpstarts and more. And with our own on-site repair facility, we can serve whatever mechanical issues we aren’t able to address at the site of your breakdown. Contact us today to learn more about our Woodstock VA roadside repair services.

Items Every Driver Should Have in Their Car

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What do you have in your car? Maps? A cell phone charging cord? Maybe a jacket? Far too many drivers neglect stocking their vehicles with the things that can help them — or assist other drivers — in case of an accident or breakdown. It’s something we see all too often as a Shenandoah, VA roadside repair service.

Ask yourself if your car contains the following items:

Things to Address Basic Problems

Any driver who finds themselves stranded on the side of the road will want to have:

  • Flares/emergency reflectors
  • Jumper cables
  • Motor oil (2 quarts)
  • Antifreeze (1 gallon)
  • Brake fluid
  • Extra gas tank
  • A small fire extinguisher
  • A flashlight

We realize that the advent of the smartphone has made flashlights seem unnecessary, but we’d argue it helps to have one on hand to make minor repairs — like fixing a flat — in the dark. A flashlight will provide you with more light than your phone, and allow you to conserve your battery in case you need to search for Shenandoah, VA roadside repairs.

Tools for Temporary Repairs

Your emergency toolkit should contain things like:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pliers
  • Vise grips
  • Funnel
  • Duct tape
  • Gloves
  • Small compressor for tire inflation
  • Extra fuses
  • Pocket knife
  • Pressure gauge

We realize that not everyone is a professional mechanic, but even if you’re not sure how to make car repairs, having those tools can help if you run into someone who is a little more mechanically inclined.

Emergency Items for Your Car

You might run into problems on the road that have nothing to do with car repairs. Whether you’re crossing state lines or just commuting to work, you have no way of knowing what you might run into, whether it’s a crash or driver in distress.

Pack an emergency kit that includes:

  • Bandages
  • Medical tape
  • Gauze
  • Antiseptic creams
  • Scissors
  • Latex gloves
  • Aspirin/pain relievers
  • Instant ice and heat compresses
  • Paper towels

Your emergency kit should also include items to help you in case you’re stranded due to extreme weather, an accident, or mechanical failure. Protect yourself while you wait for help to arrive by packing:

  • A large bottle of water
  • A blanket
  • Non-perishable food like granola bars
  • Charging cables/battery back-ups for cell phones

Keep all your emergency items and repair supplies together so they’re easy access when you need them. Keep them secure inside your trunk in a box with a lid to prevent tools or other small items from rolling around in the vehicle.

And finally, don’t just pack your emergency kit and forget about it. Take some time to familiarize yourself with everything so know where everything is stored and how to use it in case of an accident or break down.

You might even want to practice things like replacing a flat tire, or reviewing common engine issues that might leave you stranded. Lots of things can happen when we drive, but with the right amount of preparation and the right equipment, you can handle almost anything.

Shenandoah VA Roadside Repairs

And when you run into a problem you can’t handle, contact Shenandoah Towing. Our Virginia roadside repair service is equipped to deal with problems big and small. When we can’t address your issue on the side of the road, we can take your vehicle to our repair shop to diagnose the trouble. Contact us today to learn more.

Things You Should Do When Your Car Breaks Down

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Waking up to a car that won’t start is a headache, but most of us would prefer to deal with that situation than have something go wrong with our car while we’re out on the road needing roadside repair.

Whether it’s getting a flat after banging over a pothole or having a belt give out on the interstate, having car trouble when you’re out on the road is always a stressful situation.

In this blog, we’ll look at some of the things you should do when you run into car trouble while traveling, and how a Shenandoah roadside repair and towing company can help.

  1. When something goes wrong, switch on your hazard lights — also known as “four way blinkers” — to alert other motorists that something is wrong. Keep these lights flashing until a two truck arrives.
  2. Slow your vehicle and try to get off the road, pulling to the right shoulder, aiming to reach a safe, flat area as far from traffic as you can get. Apply your emergency brake (also known as the parking brake. If you have no choice but to park on a hill, turn your car’s wheels to the right (or away from the road) to keep it from rolling into traffic.
  3. Stay in your car. If you’re on a busy roadway, try to avoid getting out of the vehicle to look for damage or try to fix the problem. Make sure your vehicle is in a safe place away from traffic before getting out of the car. If you’ve stopped on the right side of the road, exit through one of the passenger doors.
  4. Once you’re out of the vehicle, prop your hood up to alert other drivers that you’ve had a breakdown and they should drive carefully. If you have them, set up flares or reflective triangles and put them behind the car to make motorists even more alert.
  5. Call for a tow truck or mechanic, unless you’re dealing with an emergency or aren’t sure who to contact, in which case you should dial 911. You may want to consider signing up for a roadside assistance program, which can take care of things like delivering fuel if you run out of gas or jump starting dead batteries.

Roadside Repair in Woodstock, Virginia

Before you head out on the road again, program Shenandoah towing’s Virginia roadside repair service into your phone.

We offer round the clock services for cars, SUVs, motorcycles, dump trucks, tractor trailers and other vehicles.

Our roadside repair services include:

  • Air Line Repair
  • Air Line Freeze Up
  • Tire Repair
  • Tire Plugs
    • Nail fixes
  • Tire replacement
  • Belt changes
  • Battery jumpstarts and replacements
  • Lockouts
  • Fuel delivery
  • Mechanic work

With our own on-site repair facility, we can serve whatever mechanical issues we aren’t able to address at the site of your breakdown. From light to medium to heavy duty vehicles, our goal is to get you back on the road as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more about our Shenandoah VA roadside repair services.

Are Your Trucks Carrying Too Much Weight?

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Years of dealing with load shifts in Shenandoah VA have taught us the pitfalls of dealing with overloaded trucks.

Traveling with a load that’s too heavy can have a number of repercussions for your drivers and your business:

  • Fines and criminal charges — Some states levy fines upwards of $10,000 to truck drivers who carry more than legal load. Companies can be fined as well. And in some states, drivers can even face jail time for carrying too much weight on the interstate.
  • Safety issues — Excess weight can affect how the truck performs, putting your cargo, your driver, and other motorists at risk. For example, a truck that’s too heavy can go down hills much faster than a driver anticipates, requiring more breaking force to stop. Cargo can shift, causing improperly distributed loads. And tires can blowout while hauling too much weight, leading to loss of control or rollovers.
  • Loss of income — Many weigh stations will shut down a driver’s journey if the truck exceeds the allowable weight, thus impacting delivery schedules and costing you time and money.

These are all, of course, bad outcomes, but there are steps you and your drivers can take to avoid them. For example:

  • Fuel weight is important. Take this into account while measuring the weight of the load. It might be better to refuel a little at a time instead of filling the tank all at once.
  • Make sure loads are distributed evenly and properly secured. Improperly fastened tarps and ties can damage the vehicle, cause the load to shift or fall off the truck.
  • Don’t carry more than is necessary. Overloading a truck with needless items will add weight you can’t afford. Discard what you don’t need and load only what is required.
  • Don’t try to tackle every job on your own. Learn to delegate, naming a trusted employee your “weight czar” whose job it is to ensure none of the trucks are carrying too much. And make sure your drivers understand load distribution, communicate with the appropriate authorities, and know who to contact if they run into any trouble while making their deliveries.
  • Try to obtain an overweight permit for situations were driving an overweight truck can’t be avoided. The permit will need to cover the loads in question and you may also need to adhere to certain requirements for vehicle size.

Load shifts in Shenandoah, VA

Are you dealing with load issues? Shenandoah Towing and Recovery can help. Whether you need load shifts in Shenandoah, VA or have a driver at a weigh station with a too-heavy load, we have the tools and expertise to help you shift your load and distribute your weight properly.

We can also assist with load transfers or transfer a portion of your cargo to another trailer, and make the adjustments to your load to help you get back on the road.

Our load shifts are provided to large and small trailers and flatbeds. Our services include:

  • Unloading and reloading equipment properly
  • Redistributing load appropriately
  • Transporting any overload to their final destination
  • Removing overload at weigh stations
  • Use our forklifts on flatbed trailers to redistribute your load
  • Unhook piggybacked trucks and rehook them

Contact us today to learn more. We look forward to helping you get your drivers and their cargo where they need to go.

8 Emergency Items to Keep in Your Car

jumper cables useful in car emergencies such as having a dead battery

What emergency items should you keep in your car? There are some things most drivers tend to keep in our cars, like the owner’s manual or insurance cards.

But what if an emergency happens? Will you be prepared? Even if you have the number for a Shenandoah roadside repair at the ready, there are still a few emergency items to keep in your car.

1 – A first aid kit

A good first aid kit should include several different sizes of band-aids, gauze, antibiotic cream, cotton swabs, allergy medication, hand sanitizer and over-the-counter pain meds. You may also want to include a thermometer, any medication you and your loved ones need, a heating pad and battery-powered radio.

A pair of disposable gloves might also be a good idea, in case you need to treat someone else’s injury.

2 – A flashlight

In a pinch, your cellphone can work as a light source — it may even have its own flashlight. But it’s a good idea to preserve your battery during emergencies.

That’s why you should keep a heavy-duty, waterproof flashlight — and extra-batteries — in the car to light your way during nighttime emergencies.

3 – Water

It could be a jug in the trunk or a case of plastic bottles from the supermarket. Either way, it’s a good idea to keep water in your car. Not only will it prevent dehydration, you can use water for cleaning or to add water to an overheated radiator.

4 – Snacks

Having snacks in your car can keep your stomach from growing as you wait for your Shenandoah roadside repair driver to show up.

But it’s also important to stay nourished in an emergency. Go with food that will keep without refrigeration, such as nuts, granola bars or dried fruit.

5 – Keeping warm

Having warm clothing and blankets in your car can be a literal lifesaver if you’re stranded during cold weather without a functioning heater. It can be one of the most important emergency items to keep in your car. If you live in a place with really cold winters, having a fleece blanket in your car can be invaluable.

6 – A spare tire

Every driver should have a spare tire, and the tools — a jack, wrench or tire iron — to fix it. But if you’ve never changed a tire before and feel uncertain, there’s no shame in calling your local Shenandoah roadside repair service to take care of this problem.

And while we’ve advised against making car repairs on your own when you’ve had a breakdown, it can’t hurt to have some tools with you, along with things like antifreeze, oil and a scraper and shovel for wintry weather.

7 – Flares

We can’t choose where we have to pull over if our car breaks down. We might be able to pull into a well-lit parking lot in a busy suburb, but we could just as easily end up on a winding, narrow-shouldered country road.

That’s why it’s important to let other drivers see you. You should always put your emergency blinkers on, but setting up some flares will go a long way to keeping you and other drivers safe.

8 – Jumper cables

Just like a spare tire, jumper cables are a must-have for your car in case your battery dies. Attach them to the positive and negative battery terminals of another car and you’ll be back on the road.

This is a situation where calling a Shenandoah roadside repair service can help, as we can’t always count on someone to pull over and help.

Shenandoah Roadside Repair Service

An unexpected breakdown can leave us feeling scared and alone, but Shenandoah Towing and Recovery is here to help.

We’ve cultivated a reputation for quick and reliable service, whether you need light towing, vehicle recovery or roadside repair service, with a fleet driven by professional, CDL-certified staff. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

 

 

How Can I Choose a Towing and Recovery Company?

woman sitting roadside next to broken down car waiting for towing company

How do you choose the right towing and recovery company? No one gets through life with a completely uneventful driving record.

Even if we never get pulled over for speeding or ticketed for parking at an expired meter, chances are we’ll find ourselves behind the wheel of a vehicle that breaks down.

And when that happens, we’ll need to find a reliable service to provide towing and recovery. Shenandoah County residents, ask yourself these questions when searching for a new towing service.

1 – Do they do what I need them to do?

Not every towing company is the same. Some focus solely on recovering and transporting vehicles, while others can provide roadside assistance. As you examine different Shenandoah County towing and recovering companies, check their list of services to make sure they’ll do what you need them to do.

2 – Do they go where I need them to go?

Make sure the towing company you’re interested in has a service area that overlaps with the area where you live/work/do most of your driving.

3 – What will the towing and recovery company charge?

Towing companies should be able to give you an estimate of what it would cost to tow your vehicle to a repair shop — theirs or another mechanic — compared to towing your vehicle back home.

Expecting rock-bottom prices AND great service in one package might be too good to be true, so look for a towing company that meets your budget and has a reputation for good service. And that brings us to the next question…

4 – What do other people say about them?

Nearly every business these days has online reviews. Find out what past customers had to say about the towing companies you’re considering. Take the time to read the reviews to look for specific details that explain how the company came through for their customers (or left them in a lurch).

Shenandoah County Towing and Recovery Company

The idea of getting stuck somewhere without a working car can be scary. Fortunately, Shenandoah Towing & Recovery is ready to assist motorists in the Shenandoah County area 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

From sedans to compacts to SUVs to motorcycles, our towing and recovery company offers short and long towing for personal and business vehicles.

Some of our services include:

  • Light and medium towing
  • Winch out (retrieving vehicles and equipment that are stuck)
  • Pick and drops
  • Automobile and truck roll-overs
  • Automobile and truck stabilization
  • Broken down vehicles
  • Light and medium duty roadside repair
  • Water recovery for cars, trucks and equipment
  • Off-road recovery

Do you have further questions about towing and recovery? Shenandoah Towing is ready to answer. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

DIY Towing and Why You Shouldn’t Attempt It

car being towed tow truck

Repairing your own leaky faucet, learning to change your own oil, doing your own taxes. These are all things we are encouraged to learn if we want to save money on basic services. There’s certainly a DIY spirit to all of these things and we would even recommend you to learn them for the sake of it. Many people get the idea that they can translate this DIY spirit to towing vehicles. After all, many people own trucks that have powerful engines that are designed to tow whatever you’ve hitched. Of those things hitched that Ford, Chevy, or Dodge designed for, we can tell you that cars were not one of them!

DIY Towing is Risky and Can Damage Your Other Vehicle

Towing is a service unto itself. There are many different vehicles of different sizes, dimensions, weight, etc. Having the proper equipment to tow all of these different vehicles is part of what makes a Towing and Recovery company like Shenandoah worth their salt. We provide specialized services to help people recover their vehicles from sometimes hard to reach spots. One of the ways that this is facilitated is through using special connectors if required.

If all that was needed was some rope and hitching, then towing companies would not be as in demand as they are. The fact of the matter is, DIY towing is not something people should attempt because it can cause extensive damage to one or both vehicles. I think we’ve all seen a few funny videos online where the entire front or rear bumper gets ripped off when someone attempts to tow something. You probably would not have the same reaction when if it were to happen to you! We also would not want that to happen to you.

Fear of Mishandled Property Makes People Hesitant to Tow

It is strange, some folk would rather attempt to tow their own vehicle and potentially damage both vehicles rather than letting a professional towing company do it. In other words, many people believe that the towing process is sloppy or that precautions are not taken to prevent your vehicle from being dinked, scratched, or otherwise damaged in some way during the recovery process.

A tow company is completely specialized in getting your vehicle to a shop or other location safely and unharmed, so this fear is unfounded. The risk for damage to your vehicle is much, much higher when attempting DIY towing.

Driving While Towing is Completely Different

The requirements vary per state, but driving with a load requires different licensure to establish that you are a qualified and safe driver who is trained in driving with heavy loads. While most cases of a truck towing another small vehicle can fall under regular use of your standard driver’s license, the fact of the matter is that as the load size increases, so too does required certifications.

While you won’t be towing huge loads, it still doesn’t change the fact that driving with a load is completely different than unencumbered. You have to account for less acceleration, greater braking times, and being aware of the extra vehicle length and sway that accompanies towing. Many people are not well-practiced in this and it is a road and safety hazard to attempt it without practice.

Towing and Recovery Shenandoah County

Professional towers know how to hitch a load safely and with little risk of damage, then transport that load safely with a tow truck that is specialized for hitching heavy loads. Most importantly, all of our drivers are highly qualified and have years of experience on the road.

Shenandoah Towing and Recovery was founded on hard work, faith, and a desire to help our fellow neighbors. Contact us today if you have any questions about our many services.

Driving Tips for Bad Weather

rain on windshield driving tips

Do you need driving tips for bad weather? Being in the towing business, we are offered an in-depth look at how most stalls, accidents, and other unfortunate road situations come to be. There are some basic tips and suggestions that can be put into practice to avoid many of these things from coming to be. While Shenandoah Towing is always here for our community, our foremost concern is that we do our part in reminding people to stay safe out on the road. It is always a tragedy when bad weather or poor driving habits result in injury or, god forbid, mortality.

Driving Tips for Bad Weather

Rain, snow, hail, besides being annoying obstacles in getting from point A to B, these common environmental conditions are the cause of many accidents on the road. The advice that eludes all of us is always “common sense”, these tips are something everyone could always keep in mind to have greater road awareness and safety. Here are your driving tips for bad weather.

1 – Evaluate the Safety of Your Vehicle

Routine maintenance is like going to the doctor, nobody likes doing it but frequent visits can save you a lot of money—or even save your life in the long run. The most important, for this example of bad weather driving, is making sure your tires are good, that they still have adequate tread to grip the road. Getting tires rotated every few months can help your car keep an even keel and grip on the road, as well as extend the usability of all 4 tires for longer.

2 – Don’t Rush When Driving in Bad Weather

We never recommend driving frantically at any time, but especially a bad decision in poor weather. Visibility is worse when it is raining, causing you to flat out miss vehicles on the road. You can’t count on everyone turning their lights on as they should, so driving defensively is always the superior option.

We lead busy lives and many people get caught up in the hustle and bustle. If it is raining and you have to get somewhere, just accept that it will delay you. Your safety is much more important than arriving a few minutes earlier to your destination, no matter how important.

3 – Keep Adequate Space Between All Vehicles

Rain causes everything to be delayed. During highway driving, just a second or two is the difference between safety and impact. Keeping extra space in front of you can give you the extra braking time you may need if the person ahead suddenly brakes. Vehicles in heavy rain or snow may drift from hydroplaning or skidding on ice, or simply from a loss of visibility. Putting distance to keep yourself safe from this swaying is critical.

4 – Don’t Be Afraid to Pull Over When Driving in Bad Weather

If the weather is too bad and there is poor visibility or you have concerns about traction, it might be best to pull over and reassess the situation. This is especially important when it is raining so hard that you can hardly see in front of you. Rain is very unpredictable, and it might be worth pulling over for 10 minutes or so to see if it lets up or to get your bearings.

Shenandoah County Recovery Towing

At Shenandoah Towing in Shenandoah County we provide a range of towing and recovery services such as light and medium-duty towing, heavy-duty towing, equipment hauling, roadside repair, transport services, and more.

Contact us today if you have any questions about our rates or service options. We’d love to help in any way that we can.

What to Do When Your Car Breaks Down

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What to Do When Your Car Breaks Down?! No matter where you live so long as there are roads to drive your vehicle on there will be breakdowns. No one wants to be in a situation where your car has quit out on your in the middle of your commute. Whether you’re on your way to or from work, running an errand, or going to an event, a breakdown can happen at any time.

Modern cars have truly come a long way since even 15 years ago, most brands sport reliable sedans that can comfortably get you from A to B and back without a hitch. As a result, more and more adults aren’t used to dealing with car troubles as prior generations may have been. This article is aimed at supplying a few simple guidelines for what to do when your car breaks down.

1 – Turn on Hazard Lights and Get the Vehicle Off of The Road ASAP

This may seem like a no-brainer, but many new or young drivers freeze in panic and are unsure of what to do. No one talks about it, but it’s a strange experience to step outside of the car after your vehicle has stopped on a major road. You’re used to whizzing by these roads from one perspective, but now you’re on foot as other cars zip by you.

However, understand that if it can be helped, getting the car off of the road is best for your safety and the safety of other drivers. The obvious exception would be if you have stalled out in the middle of a busy highway or other thoroughfare and have no means to help push the car such as another passenger.

2 – When Your Car Breaks Down, Call a Trustworthy Towing Company

Who would that be? Well, of course, it’s yours truly, Shenandoah Towing! If you are ever experiencing car troubles and are in need of towing services in the following towns/counties in Virginia on our services page, we are more than happy to get the job done.

A towing company is not just someone you call to bring a truck over and haul your dead vehicle away. A good towing company can ease your concerns by keeping you informed every step of the way.

3 – Do Not Try and Fix Your Issue When Your Car Breaks Down

If you are a mechanic then disregard this point. However, for most people trying to solve the problem on the road is not a good course of action. If you are on the highway, it is especially not wise to pop the hood and focus on the car when there is high-speed traffic coming by. You should always focus on your safety first. In the vast majority of cases, the issue that caused the break down is not solvable without diagnosing and servicing at a garage.

Towing and Recovery Shenandoah County VA

There’s no worse feeling than being stuck on the road and waiting for help. Shenandoah Towing and Recovery has made a name for ourselves through our speedy response and dependable service. Whether you require light towing, vehicle recovery, or heavy-duty equipment hauling and towing, Shenandoah Towing can do it all.

Our constantly expanding fleet consists of plenty of vehicles that are driven by our professional staff who are CDL certified. It is for these reasons that when an accident happens or a person is stranded after their car breaks down, we are often one of the first to get the call—and we’re also the first on-site.

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our many services. Give us a ring at 540-481-0658, we’re open 24/7!