Ways To Prepare Yourself For A Roadside Emergency...

While none of us likes to think of our car or truck breaking down on the road, no vehicle is immune to such a scenario. Being prepared for such an eventuality can help you stay safe, as well as get you back on the road more quickly. Preparing yourself for a possible roadside emergency doesn’t have to be expensive or exhausting. You just need to stow a few well-chosen items. What to pack in your car emergency kit 1. Hand-cranking or solar cell phone charger. Your cell phone battery can lose its charge quickly if you’re out of range of a WiFi signal or cell phone tower. However, the last thing you want is to be unable to communicate with the rest of the world while you are stranded. Plan for this by packing a hand-cranked cell phone charger. If you live in a sunny area, you might also pack a solar charger, but keep in mind that it won’t likely be charged when you first pull it out of the trunk. 2. Stow away some emergency repair tools. The British Columbia division of the Canadian Automobile Association advises packing booster cables, a shovel, road flares, an air compressor and a tow rope in your trunk. 3. Pack some food, water and blankets. More than just keeping you comfortable, having water and something to keep you warm on a chilly night while you wait for help can actually save your life. Dried fruit, protein bars and nuts make good, non-perishable snacks. 4. Emergency numbers. Even if your phone is working, you may not be able to access the Internet to find the phone numbers of your auto club or car insurance company. Avoid this frustration by keeping these relevant numbers in your glove box. 5. A first aid kit. A basic first aid kit can also be invaluable in the event of a minor accident while you wait for help. The American Red Cross website offers some excellent suggestions on what to include in your kit. They also advise that you update your kit periodically to make sure that none of the items has expired. Having your car break down is never fun. However, you can mitigate the danger and aggravation while you’re waiting for a tow by packing a manual cell phone charger, stowing away a few snacks and water, creating a first aid kit and keeping it current, and making sure to have emergency numbers on hand. If you find yourself broken down and in need of a tow, contact a company like Kingsway Towing...

How To Start A Car Battery With Jumper Cables...

When your car doesn’t start when you turn on the ignition key, it’s a terrible feeling, especially if you realize that you left your headlights on, and it’s your fault. If a dead battery is the cause, you can usually get the car running again with jumper cables. Knowing ahead of time how to handle and use jumper cables is much preferred over trying to figure it out for the first time in the middle of the night in a strange parking lot. First, you’ll need a second car to help with the jump. The second vehicle should be similar in size to yours, so that both of your batteries are the same voltage. Ask the driver of the second vehicle to pull in front of your car, so the engines are facing, but not touching one another. The second vehicle should keep their engine running. Turn off all the lights and the radio on your vehicle to ensure that the charge will all go toward the battery, and not to the alternator. Open the hoods of both vehicles. Use a flashlight to locate the positive and negative terminals of the batteries. Just like a device battery, the positive terminal is denoted with a plus sign and the negative terminal is denoted with a minus sign. Stand aside and disentangle the jumper cables. Do not allow the metal clamps to touch each other, the vehicles, or you. Do the following in the exact order specified: Attach one positive (red) clamp to the positive terminal on your dead battery. Attach the other positive (red) clamp to the positive terminal on the battery of the second vehicle. Attach the other negative (black) clamp to the negative terminal on the battery of the second vehicle. Attach one negative (black) clamp to the negative terminal on your dead battery. Ask the driver of the second vehicle to gently rev their engine, while you attempt to start your vehicle. If all goes well, your vehicle should come to life. Allow your vehicle to continue charging for about a minute before removing the jumper cables. Do not turn your car engine off while you remove the cables. Next, do the following in the exact order, being sure not to let the clamps touch you, the vehicle chassis, or each other. Remove the negative clamp from your vehicle Remove the negative clamp from the second vehicle. Remove the positive clamp from your vehicle. Remove the positive clamp from the second vehicle. There are many hazards that go along with starting a car with jumper cables. If you aren’t completely comfortable doing this, enlist the help of an emergency roadside assistance company like Fort McMurray Towing tire...

Addressing Two Commonly Asked Questions Concerning Towing Services...

A mechanical problem with your car can quickly cause serious problems for you, and while there are towing services that can help you in these situations, you might not be very experienced with these services. As a result, there are a couple of commonly asked questions that you might benefit from having addressed. Will Your Towing Coverage Always Pay The Full Cost Of The Towing? There are many motorists that have had the foresight to invest in insurance policies that provide coverage for towing. While these services can help to dramatically reduce the costs of towing your vehicle, you should be aware that you may still be liable for some of the expenses. Typically, these services only provide free towing for a limited number of miles. As a result, if you require these services in a remote area, you may be required to pay for at least a portion of the towing cost. Additionally, you should be aware that many of these policies will require you to pay for this expense out of your own pocket and then file for reimbursement. To make sure that you understand the types of protections that you enjoy, you should carefully review your insurance policies to minimize the risk of being caught off guard about what you will need to pay for these services. What If You Have A Very Large Vehicle? If you own a large truck or sports utility vehicle, you may be required to use a specialty towing company. These large vehicles can require specially equipped trucks to safely transport, and some smaller towing services may not be able to safely move these large vehicles. If you find that the first towing company you contact is unable to offer this service, you should ask them for a referral. They will be able to provide you with contact information for the closest provider that will be able to meet your needs. To completely avoid this problem, you should consider investing in a membership with a national towing network. These services will be able to quickly locate a towing service that has access to the needed truck without forcing you to call numerous providers on your own. In addition to helping you locate a towing provider, many of these networks will also offer you a limited number of complimentary towing miles, which can further help you to manage this type of expense. A problem with your car’s mechanical components may be beyond your ability to repair. When you are unfortunate enough to experience a breakdown, using towing services is an excellent option for getting your vehicle to a repair facility. If you are well-informed about these two commonly asked questions, you will find that you are better prepared for when a mechanical problem with your car arises. To learn more contact a company like Superior...

Tips For Being Prepared For Your Car’s Next Breakdown...

Experiencing a malfunction with your car is never a pleasant experience, and this can quickly become a serious problem if this problem happens when you are driving down the road. Unfortunately, many people are not adequately prepared for their car to experience a malfunction, and this can cause these situations to be far more dangerous than they need to be. Luckily, you can follow these two tips to make sure that you are as prepared as possible for the next time your car experiences a mechanical problem. Be Prepared To Alert Passing Drivers That Your Car Is Malfunctioning When your car experiences this type of problem at night or during other periods of poor visibility, it can be exceedingly difficult for other drivers to see your car. While your hazard lights can provide a warning to other drivers, your car battery will not be able to support these lights for very long. Therefore, you should make sure to invest in flares and battery powered LED warning lights to make your car more visible to passing drivers. This may seem like an excessive step to take, but taking this simple precaution can drastically reduce the odds that other drivers accidentally hit your vehicle while it is stranded. Invest In A Reflective Vest It is generally best for you to stay in your car when you experience a breakdown, but this may not be the best idea if the car is in a dangerous location. In these instances, you will likely need to evacuate the vehicle while you wait for the tow truck to arrive. To ensure that you are visible to other drivers, you should always have a reflective vest on hand for these situations. This will help make you more noticeable to other drivers, which can make it less likely that you will be struck by a vehicle. To ensure that you can easily and quickly access this vest, you should always keep it in the cabin of the car. The glove compartment or under the seats can be excellent locations to store this vest while still retaining the ability to easily get to it in the event of an emergency. If your car suffers a mechanical breakdown, it is important for you to be as prepared as possible. These events can be both stressful due to the cost of repairs and inconvenience, but they can also be exceedingly dangerous. Investing in roadside flares and battery powered lights as well as a reflective vest can help increase your visibility to other driver, which can help keep you safe during these experiences. For more information, contact companies like TNT Towing and Salvage...

Five Things To Do While Waiting To Be Towed...

If you haven’t been in an accident (or had car trouble), it is good to know what to do should you get stranded. Here are five things you should do: 1. Turn your hazards on. Make sure you are in a safe place and then make your car as visible as possible. You can also open your hood to show others that your car is not working and to make your car more visible. If it has overheated, this will help, too. If you have hazard triangles, place those in front of and behind your vehicle. If you can’t move your car and it is in the way of traffic, call 911. 2. Put your car in neutral and apply the parking brake. Then, the towing company will just have to release the parking brake to load your car.  3. Call a towing company. Before you agree to have them come, ask what they charge and how you will pay. Some companies won’t tow you if you don’t have the cash to pay upfront while others will let you pay with a credit card later. You should also ask about storage fees in case your car has to stay overnight (or longer).  4. Stay in your car. This is the safest place for you to wait. Lock your door and crack your window if anyone approaches. Chances are good the person is trying to help, but it is best to be cautious. If the weather is bad, you can turn your car on for ten minute intervals to warm it up (as long as your tail pipe is not blocked by snow or ice). If you have to leave your car, put a note on the dashboard or call local law enforcement.  4. Gather all your belongings. Keep a few bags in your car for this purpose. You will need all your papers and anything valuable (like a GPS). You may not get to your car within 24 hours so be thorough. You might as well clean out all the trash, too.  5. Ask for identification. When the tow truck driver comes, ask them to give you some identification through the window, especially if you can’t see the truck. Don’t get out of the car until you are satisfied. There is a chance another tow truck company will happen by, too, and you want to make sure you get the right company, like AC Towing.  While it is never fun to be stranded, knowing what to do will make the situation much easier for everyone. Good...

Stalled Car? 3 Possible Reasons Your Vehicle Is Stalling...

When your car stalls, this puts you in a dreadful situation. The following guide will help you diagnose 3 common reasons why your car might have stalled. This could help you and your mechanic get to the bottom of the problem quicker. Bad Fuel Filter Your fuel filter is responsible for keeping debris or other particles from entering your engine. The fuel filter can fail or get clogged up. Your engine will die if it does not receive the correct amount of gasoline. The following are a few signs that could signal a bad fuel filter: Trouble starting your car Acceleration issues Backfires A foul smell coming from your exhaust (this smell could also be associated with a bad catalytic converter) Talk to your auto care specialist if you notice these signs, and make sure you have the number to your towing specialist just in case. Faulty Oxygen Sensor The oxygen sensor (O2 sensor) is one of the components responsible for proper air-to-fuel mixture. This mixture is the heart of proper combustion inside your engine and the reason your car has power. Any miscalibration of air could disturb that balance and make your car stall. The following are a few signs that you have a faulty O2 sensor: Engine pinging Bad fuel economy if your O2 sensor is making your engine ask for more fuel to compensate the air inside your engine Rough idling Engine misses, especially at lower speeds or while idling Surging when your car is warm Contaminated Or Bad Gas The kind of gasoline that you put in your car could be the problem. Yes, putting the wrong gasoline in your car could make it stall, so make sure you put the right gasoline in your car. Gasoline contaminated with water could also give you problems. Gasoline does not have a long shelf-life and usually begins the phase separation process in 90 days. (This is especially important if you have a car that sits. Be sure to drive it around every couple of days to prevent this issue.) Some manufacturers recommend that you change your fuel every 14 to 30 days. This change is to take into account how long the gas has been sitting at your gas station. Separated water is also referred to as watered-down gad, and watered-down gas can definitely stall your vehicle. The following are a few signs that may signal a problem: Your car will have trouble starting. It will likely start, and stall after a while. Sputtering or stalling while idling Hesitation when you accelerate Talk to your auto care specialist to help you get to the bottom of the problem as soon as possible. Remember to keep the number of a 24-hour towing company, like Standish Towing & Recovery Ltd, on hand, especially if you’ve noticed the aforementioned...