In previous blogs, we’ve told you about what steps to take if you end up in a collision with another driver, as well as good tips to know for your insurance claim. However, do you know when is the right time to ask for a tow, versus driving your car to the auto body shop? Generally speaking, while the majority of vehicles can be driven away after a collision, sometimes it’s not always a good idea to do so. Here then are the facts on when to tow your car, rather than drive it.
Did you know that with some kinds of vehicle damage, driving a vehicle post-collision can possibly create further damage to it? Also, not knowing the full extent of what’s broken can create a safety risk to everyone on the road. That’s why after everybody concerned is determined safe and the situation under control, perform a visible check on your damaged car.
Walk around the vehicle and check that no body panels or mechanical components are hanging loose from the car. By doing this, you can prevent pieces from falling off and save money on larger repair bills. Plus, these loose parts can cause handling problems or represent a hazard that other vehicles could hit. So, with this instance…if you see really loose components, call a tow truck!
Another sign your damaged car should be towed instead of driven by you…Smoke, leaking fluids and strange noises. These are all huge signs that something is mechanically wrong. Don’t take a chance of getting stranded, get a tow.
People involved in collisions do get shaken up. Their senses are thrown off by the traumatic experience of a crash. Therefore, it is harder for them to evaluate their car’s damage, if not totally and physically obvious. Is the vehicle really making a strange new noise? Is that the odor of gas in the air? If there is no one present to consult about these possibly phantom symptoms, the safest choice is the best. When in doubt, make the call and get it towed.
Pete Solis Collision Center is El Paso’s Auto Body Shop! With over 47 years of experience behind us, we are the top choice for bodywork, paint, and more. We are the home to ICAR certified professional body shop technicians, as well as quality Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes. Pete Solis Collision Center is located at 1434 Lomaland Dr. in El Paso, Texas. Give us a call today at (915) 599-8666. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.