When To Keep Driving and When To Tow?
When your vehicle breaks down or you are in an accident the decision to tow is taken out of your hands. However often times your vehicle or tires are showing signs of an issue and you can still operate and even drive the vehicle. In most cases you are going to prefer driving to a local auto service repair shop to get it looked at and save on the bill for towing. But there are definitely times when a vehicle, even though it will still drive, should be towed instead. The damage you cause in driving that vehicle could end up costing you a lot more than what you were hoping to save on the tow. So how do you know when to drive and when to tow?
Reasons to Pull Over and Tow
It’s in your best interests to have at least some knowledge of how your vehicle usually performs to decide if your vehicle is safe to drive or not. Being in tune how it feels, how it performs, new or loud sounds that aren’t normal, and of course smoke and leaking fluids can all be good indicators that something isn’t right and you need to call your towing service. Here’s a quick checklist of things
Call a towing service when:
- Your Check Engine light is flashing
- Your low oil/oil pressure light is on
- There’s a strong gasoline odor
- You temperature gauge is reading high
- Your brakes are grinding loudly and/or roughly
- You hear loud banging or clanking noises in the engine
- Your vehicle is leaking fluid of any kind
In any of these cases, avoid driving or pull over and call a tow truck. Any one of these conditions could indicate a problem that would be unsafe and could cause you to break down. If you’re unsure, go ahead and call your auto repair shop and ask. At Glenn. A. Trent we offer both and we will be happy to have one of our technicians help you assess your situation before you make a decision. If you do need a tow we’ll come and get you!