Towing vehicles are out on the streets every day offering roadside assistance to drivers stranded on the side of the road. Chances are you regularly drive past these vehicles as they do their job. It’s important to understand how you can drive past them safely since there are people standing and working around these vehicles close to your lane of traffic. The FireHouse Performance emergency towing staff share their recommendations for safe passing in Kenosha, WI.
How to Pass a Towing Vehicle Safely
1. Slow Down
Driving laws require drivers to slow down in construction zones because there are workers on the side of the road. The same guideline applies when you pass a tow truck on the shoulder. Reducing speed allows you to keep an eye out for people and react if they accidentally step into the road. Gently start to slow down as soon as you see the truck up ahead, rather than slamming on the brakes at the last minute, so you won’t take the driver behind you by surprise.
2. Stay Focused
Drivers tend to get distracted when they see an accident on the side of the road or if they get a text notification. Distracted driving is not only illegal, but it is also very dangerous. Keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the steering wheel to ensure you have complete control of your vehicle while you pass the truck. A slipped hand or distracted drifting may quickly become dangerous for you and the tow staff.
3. Switch Lanes
If you’re on a road with multiple lanes and traffic allows you to safely switch lanes, then do so. It’s best to give the truck as much of a buffer as possible. If the roadway doesn’t allow you to safely switch lanes for any reason, try to move over within your lane as much as possible. Even an extra foot of space makes tow staff more comfortable and prevents you from accidentally clipping them if you misjudge the distance.
Following these three simple steps will improve safety for you, other drivers, and the towing staff on the truck. They will appreciate your attentive driving and consideration, just as you would if you were on the side of the road. If you ever get stranded, contact FireHouse Performance at (262) 656-0773 for their 24/7 towing services. They will come quickly and courteously tow your car to get you off the road as smoothly as possible.