Few things are more frightening than hearing your vehicle rumble to a halt while traveling with your family inside. It can be scary to break down on the freeway with your whole family in the car. How are you going to get back on the road safely with all your children with you? If your vehicle needs to be towed, here are some guidelines to keeping everyone safe while you get your car to a safer location.
Keep kids in the car
Unless your vehicle is on fire or it broke down in a very unsafe location, don't let your kids out of the car. Kids can be excited or even scared that the vehicle is no longer in motion, and can run out into traffic or get lost in an area they don't know. You want them in the car until help arrives so you know your children are in a safe place. If possible, keep an adult in the car with them at all times as well.
Let the company know how many people you have
When you connect with a towing company, let them know how many people you have in the vehicle with you before they arrive. Many tow trucks only have room for one or two passengers, and it is unsafe to stay in your vehicle while it is being towed. This means you will need to have transportation for your brood. A towing company can send a larger tow truck to ensure they have room for extra passengers, or make suggestions on alternative transport for remaining people who won't fit in their vehicle. They often have access to local taxi services that can help all of your family get home safely.
Remove the necessities
Once your vehicle is on the trailer, you won't be able to grab that sippy cup your child is screaming for or the diaper bag you left in the back seat. While waiting for the tow truck to arrive, gather all your belongings that you will immediately need, and place everything else in the trunk for safekeeping. Keep in mind that your family will be traveling to a safer location via tight quarters, so you won't have room for toys, stuffed animals, or extra clothing. Snacks and beverages, along with a diaper bag, should be all you need in addition to your purse, wallet, or cell phones.
Breaking down on the road with your entire family with you can be a frustrating and scary experience. You can have a safe tow if you keep the kids in the car until help arrives, let the tow company know how many people you have with you, and remember the necessities while you are in transit.