Car repairs and maintenance during a pandemic such as the current COVID-19 can be a daunting task, especially when you’re self-quarantined due to mild symptoms or simply practicing social distancing to stay safe.
Time and again, the government advises us to avoid hoarding basic sanitary products and food essentials. There’s nothing to panic about and no reason to indulge in panic buying. While most Walmart and Target stores continue to operate throughout the U.S., you may need to visit them to re-stock your necessities.
Now, since you may have skipped your car maintenance due to the unfavorable circumstances outdoors, there’s a high probability that your car may bail on you in the middle of your trips to the grocery store.
What To Do When Your Car Breaks Down During Coronavirus Lockdown?
1. Don’t Panic
We hope this doesn’t happen to you but god-forbid it does, you should know... that yet again there’s nothing to panic about. There’s always a way out of every problem.
Most showrooms and businesses are shut down during the outbreak, as they are considered unessential services. However, ]]>authorities consider vehicle repair and maintenance as essential services]]>.
Thus, save your panic for another day! You’re lucky to have most automobile service centers open around you, who’d be happy to help.
2. Call For Help
You can call your nearest towing service and have your car towed to either a safe location or a repair shop.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help. I know, you might be practicing social distancing, but you need help when you need it!
You can turn to an Emergency Towing Service in Holland via 215-669-3072 or can search for one in your location. Your vehicle will be picked up and delivered to any location that is accessible to the tow truck.
3. Tow Your Car
When you get in touch with an emergency towing company, simply send them your location. If you don’t exactly know where you’re stranded, simply ]]>share your location via Google Maps]]> to the coordinating assistant and they’ll figure it out.
We at AG Customs, have our Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) awaiting any kind of vehicle calamity. At the hint of one call, we’ll be there as fast as we can to get you and your vehicle to a safe location.
Under dire conditions when your car is crying out loud for repairs, you could also have it fixed at the towing company’s auto repair service center if they have one. If you’re hesitant to have it repaired, simply ask
if the experts are trained at servicing vehicles with health and safety tips in mind.
Towing Safety Measures To Keep In Mind Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
1. Keep Safe Distance
While your towing company does its job at staying safe, you should too. Keeping a safe distance of 1 meter (3 feet) is ideal and you should do the same while interacting with the towers.
They might not have the disease, but it’s always better to take precautions.
2. Mask Your Face
You could be driving without a mask, but the moment you see the tow truck heading towards you, ensure you mask up.
You may be asymptomatic as far as COVID-19 is concerned but the W.H.O has advised people to cover their face—specifically, eyes, nose, and mouth—to avoid contamination.
3. Stay Sanitizer-handy
When you get into the tow truck, the most you’ll have to use your hands for is to open the door. Ensure, you have sanitizers handy in your car so you can utilize it in such cases.
Once you get in or out of the tow truck, be wary of touching your face.
4. Keep Your Hands To Yourself
As easy as this may sound, it is hard to implement. Most of our activities like touching our face and things around us are done on a subconscious level, without us being fully aware of it.
It may be out of habit or necessity, either way, you’ll have to make a conscious effort now of keeping your hands to yourself.
When you finally reach your destiny, which most likely might be an auto repair shop near you, ensure you’re aware of and stay sanitized after touching the following:
- Steering wheel
- Window sills
- Center consoles
- Counters and desks
Choosing A Safe Tow Truck For Your Car
You should be vigilant while choosing your tow truck not only during this pandemic but also once it’s done and dusted. What you need to keep in mind is that different vehicles need to be towed differently.
The height, size, and length of your car are all the factors considered while choosing a safe tow ride for it. So, you should be well-informed of your vehicle’s parameters that might be found in your vehicle’s manual.
For instance, flatbed tow trucks are the most commonly used across the world. We guarantee they are the safest bet for most cars, as they prevent your vehicle from drag behind the truck.
We’ve also created a guide for you to understand what your vehicle needs based on the different types of tow trucks.
Stay safe, stay calm! Together we can fight the COVID-19