Flat Tire Change
We thought we would start with one of the newest challenges the vehicle manufacturers have imparted on their customers. Did you know that more than 80% of the new cars made in 2020 will not come equipped with a spare? To meet government fuel economy standards, manufacturers are keeping their GVWR down by excluding spare tires. So, if your car doesn’t come equipped with a spare, you’ll need a tow to a tire shop, if you have a flat.
One way to avoid this inconvenience is to purchase a spare tire and tire tools and keep them in your vehicle at all times. Also, proper maintenance, which includes ensuring your tires have good tread depth, inflation levels are optimum, and avoiding gravel roads and other unpaved areas can prolong the life of your tires.
Dead Car Battery
There are many factors that can affect your car’s battery. Weather, battery age, and driving habits all play a role in how long your car’s battery will endure. Extreme cold weather can quickly draw down your battery and prevent your car from starting. And the long term effects of disuse can also allow your battery to become run down.
As a precautionary measure, you should have your battery tested at least once every year. If you drive your vehicle infrequently, this can have a negative impact on the life of your battery. If this is the case for you, we suggest that you start your car and let it run for 15 minutes every couple of days. Or put your battery on a trickle charger.
Keys Locked In Car
Accidentally locking your keys inside your car can be frustrating. It usually happens when you’re in a hurry. And in a world where we’re all multi-tasking all the time, it’s no wonder that we are inundated with calls for lockout services. The worst thing you can do is attempt to retrieve your keys yourself. Damage caused to the upholstery and paint job is almost assured if you attempt this with a clothes hanger.
One way to avoid locking your keys inside your car is to modify your habits so that you remove the keys from the ignition every time you shut off the vehicle. Of course, this might be easier said than done. But, if you do lock your keys inside your car, we’ll be happy to assist and retrieve your keys from your locked car, damage-free.
Car Out Of Gas
Running out of gas always seems to happen at the worst possible moment. You’ve got a million things going, and don’t have time to stop for gas on the way to work. But you learn, the hard way that you misjudged how many miles you could go on E.
Well, the easy answer is to discipline yourself to fill up your gas tank before the gas gage gets below the halfway mark. But, should you make a mistake and run out of gas, you can always count on the friendly tow truck operators at AM PM Towing. When you call, we’ll bring you a couple of gallons of gas; just enough to get you back on the road and on your way to the nearest gas station.
Additional Safety Concerns
Even with the preventative measures suggested above, you may still encounter breakdown issues. When you do have a roadside emergency, you’ll need to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers. To do this, be sure to pull your vehicle as far off of the roadway as possible and turn on your hazard lights. Also, just in case your vehicle is struck by a passing motorist, if feasible, you should exit your car on the opposite side of passing traffic, and move as far away from traffic as you can. And, lastly, call AM PM Towing for assistance with your vehicle. 928-526-4357