It’s surprising how your vehicle can get towed easily. When it happens, it can be quite frustrating. It’s a huge hassle to you, not to mention the somewhat hefty fine that you have to deal with after.
Here are our top 10 tips so you can avoid needing a tow.
- Never, under any circumstances, park in common tow spots.
Here’s the thing. Most people don’t want to get towed, yet they often park at loading zones, bus stops, red zones, and tow-away zones during commuting hours.
- Don’t ever leave your vehicle in curb ramps, intersections, and driveways.
Laws vary by state and can be quite confusing sometimes. Each state has rules regarding how long you can leave your vehicle parked in the places cited above. Be familiar with it to avoid having to pay fines.
- Understand the street signs when attempting to park in commercial areas with high traffic.
High-traffic commercial areas are notorious for towing illegally parked vehicles with great speed. So when you’re parking in an area where there’s high traffic, be sure to read the streets signs carefully.
- Make sure your vehicle registration current.
Police officers can tow and even impound your vehicle if its registration is not current. As such, keep it updated so that when you’re at a traffic stop, you don’t have to worry about your vehicle getting towed.
- Keep your driver’s license current.
You can’t drive around with an expired driver license. You don’t only risk your vehicle getting towed when you do this, but you’ll also waste money paying fines and jail time depending on where you got caught driving with an expired driver’s license and parking illegally.
- Never leave without water for your vehicle.
You don’t want to deal with overheating. Therefore, before you leave your home for a long drive, check the radiator water level. Inspect all the tires and be sure to have a spare tire with you.
- Call your own tow company.
No matter how much you leave the house prepared for your drive of the day, there’s always that chance that your car will breakdown or that something wrong will happen. For this reason, it pays to keep your private towing company’s contact details. In case they’re not available, call a roadside assistance provider if you cannot legally park your vehicle.
- Pay your outstanding parking tickets.
Again, laws are different depending on the state where you’re driving and parking. But generally speaking, a vehicle with citations that are delinquent has a huge chance of getting booted then towed. Stay on top of your parking tickets to avoid getting towed and more importantly, to prevent wasting money.
- Avoid getting a parking ticket.
So you don’t worry about keeping up with parking tickets in the first place, avoid getting a parking ticket. Know what time it is alright to park at areas you frequent and if possible, don’t leave your car for long. Don’t block any driveway. Don’t park at parking lots designated for PWDs.
- Be cautious during hours of commute even if you’re parking at a meter.
There are cities in various states which doesn’t allow for parking on streets during morning and evening commutes. Be aware of them.
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Written by the staff of Tiger Towing in Columbia, MO.