Other useful tips
Most people DO NOT seem to realize that being a tow truck operator can be a very dangerous job. We can vow in good faith that every year way too many than several tow truck operators along with police officers and unaware simple drivers/citizens, broken
down on this country's highways, die by unattentive/careless driving of other passing motorists. Many more get hurt and even if they survive their lives are being changed forever...Therefore we cannot stress
hard enough just how important it is for everyone behind the wheel to be permanently aware of their
surroundings. Not just minding for other cars or trucks, but peoples as well.
Hoping at least that this time around the point is beeing successfully passed on to you..., let's just review a very recent tragic incident, barely and tersely only mentioned by various news agencies. You may call it "ill fate" and move on for a lack of a better chance/word... !!! We would suggest instead to pause and reflect back to your own self! Just how many perils do we have have to face off each and every moment of our lives?...
We believe that at least behaving curteously and civilized/mature while we share a roadway can go a long way down any road we take in our lives.
Reproduced as reported by The Canadian Press on Thu, April 16, 2009:
B.C. police warn drivers to secure belongings after woman killed by laptop.
SURREY, B.C. - Mounties in Surrey, B.C., say a woman who died in a car accident last month appears to have been killed by her laptop computer.
Heather Storey, 25, was driving to work March 16 when her vehicle was hit by a tow truck. Storey's laptop was sitting unsecured in her back seat and RCMP spokesman Sgt. Roger Morrow says the vehicle's abrupt stop sent the computer flying into the back of Storey's head. The force of the blow was so severe that it shattered the computer's screen and bent the frame.
The coroner determined that Storey died as a result of blunt force trauma.
Morrow says investigators believe the accident was survivable and that police are warning the public to secure their belongings while driving.
The following is therefore intended only to offer a little advice from this
tow company to help get you home safe and sound, whether or not your vehicle lets you down.
Before you get in your car:
- Take a quick glance around your vehicle. Are there any objects near the
- Make sure all controls, mirrors, and seats are set comfortably for you.
- Look at your instrument panel. Do you even have enough gas to start your vehicle?
- WEAR YOUR SEATBELT !!
- Keep aware of your surroundings ie. traffic conditions, weather, signal
- Keep clear of suspected drunk drivers. If someone appears intoxicated and
driving recklessly, a call on your cell phone to 911 can prevent another
- Lock your doors while in your vehicle. This may not stop all
carjackers, but every little bit helps.
- Use your signal ! No. It's not just a place to hang smelly trees.
- Pay attention. Many accidents are caused by people not paying attention
to the roadway.
- If you break down on the roadway, do your best to pull to the right shoulder
or as far to the right as possible. There is not much worse than becoming
that sitting duck smack dab in the middle of rush hour traffic.
- Turn on your hazard signal in all cases of break down, if at all possible.
- It is always a good idea to carry warning triangles and / or road flares.
Please don't light road flares at accidents in case of fuel leaks. Let
the police handle that responsibility.
- If you can not get your vehicle started, contact a tow company to get you
off the road as soon as possible.
- If you are blocking traffic, notify the local police agency or the Highway
Patrol of your situation. ( Use cell phones or Call Boxes where available
for faster service )
- Leaving your vehicle for an extended period of time is not always wise.
If you leave, and your vehicle is not in a safe location, the police may
have your vehicle towed. Check with O.P.P. before deciding how to proceed!
- If you are stranded on the highway....Be Cautious....it is not safe. Some
people advise to stay in your vehicle with your safety belt on. It may
be better to stand outside of your vehicle, behind and as far off the roadway
as possible. If you stand in front of or directly next to your vehicle,
a passing motorist may hit you or your vehicle. If that passing motorist
hits your vehicle, and you are next to or in front of it, WHERE DO YOU
THINK YOUR VEHICLE IS GOING TO GO? Point made! However, the California
Highway Patrol recommends that you stay in your vehicle with the doors
- No matter what advice you take, please always be aware of what is ON-AND ALWAYS-coming...,like:/LI>
- Always look first before getting out of your vehicle.
- If you are changing your tire, make sure you are as far off the roadway
as possible, and keep an eye out for passing motorists.
- I cannot stress hard enough towards how important it is to KEEP AWARE OF ON-COMING TRAFFIC !!