3 questions you should be prepared to answer when seeking emergency towing

If your vehicle breaks down in the middle of the road, you'll need an emergency towing service to get you out of trouble as soon as possible. Most drivers don't quite know what to expect when they require emergency towing. Even more troubling is that some motorists don't know what constitutes a towing emergency.

If your vehicle is stuck and blocking traffic, that's an emergency. If you're stranded in a dangerous place, that's also an emergency. Accidents (where people are injured) will also constitute an emergency. As you prepare to call a towing service during such situations, you should have answers to the following questions.

1. Do you have your vehicle information handy?

This may seem obvious, but many drivers don't know the exact make and model of their vehicle. You should be aware of the year your car was manufactured, it's engine capacity and other mechanical details. In the event of an accident, such information will help the towing company prepare to hook up and haul away the vehicle safely and efficiently. You also won't have to panic about finding this information at the last minute.

Make and model information is vital for many different reasons. For example, towing an SUV is a different process from towing a small sedan. Some vehicles may also require specific hook-ups to the tow truck. This is why many towing companies would want to know the type of car you're driving so they can come prepared.

2. What's the condition of your vehicle?

You should also be prepared to explain—in general terms—what happened to your vehicle. You don't need to be an expert in auto repairs to give a general overview. For example, did your engine overheat? Were you involved in an accident? Is your vehicle leaking oil?

A general description of the condition your car is in will be helpful during an emergency tow. Towing companies may also ask about the status of your rear tyres. If they're busted, you may need a flatbed tow truck to transport your vehicle safely.

3. How will you pay for the tow?

The unexpected cost of towing is always frustrating to drivers, but you should be prepared nonetheless. Your insurance company may cover the towing fee. If not, you should always keep an emergency fund for such situations. You may also consider borrowing from a friend or family member to pay for the tow.

To learn more about emergency towing, contact a professional.