When Is Car Towing Required?

There can be a number of reasons when you need to call a car towing company. Maybe it is because your car has broken down on the highway. Or maybe, you were in a minor accident. In other cases, you just need to get your vehicle to the mechanic from your home. Customers usually do not know the differences between towing when the car has broken down versus towing in the case of an accident. However, knowing the differences will help you out in case of one of these unfortunate events.

Breakdown Towing / Trade Towing

“Trade Towing” is a label used for towing vehicles that have not been in an accident. As an example, your vehicle breaks down on the side of the road. You require the assistance of a tow truck to tow the vehicle. You do not have an RACV membership to cover the cost of the removal of your vehicle.

Therefore, trade towing is towing that is used for hire or reward. It can be done by anyone that has a vehicle that is capable of towing. This does include tow trucks that have the license to assist in accident scenarios. Trade towing operators are not required to be licensed anymore. However, they still need to adhere to other laws. These laws include consumer protection laws, road safety laws, etc.

Accident Towing

A vehicle that has been involved in an accident and needs to be towed away can only be done by a tow truck company that is licensed. Licensed vehicles are issued with a “TOW” or “HTT” number plate. The people in the tow truck, like driver and other passengers, that are qualified to attend an accident scene must also be accredited.

Cost of A Tow Truck Service

For towing costs, there are 2 kinds of towing charges that apply for car removal and towing in Sydney. For accident towing, the charges are according to the rates that are published in Victorian Government Gazettes and will include GST. Apart from that, a good and reputable towing company like Southside Towing accepts both cash and credit cards.

This is relevant in case you do not have any cash on hand, due to the fact that sometimes cars are not released by the tow truck operators until the bill is paid.

Car Towing is something you should plan ahead for because it is nothing but a classic example of an emergency. To save yourself from inconveniences, contact Southside Towing at 0488 869 464 for quick and cheap towing services, 24/7.

What To Do If Your Car Flips While Driving in Sydney

When the car flips, the situation is one that is frightening. Firstly, stay calm. Panicking will only add to the anxiety of the situation. Southside towing offers the following tips on what to do if your car flips while driving in Sydney.

Stay Calm

Staying calm is necessary as you need clear judgment. The situation is a dangerous one, and you need to stay calm and focused on your survival.

Impact

When the car flips, you will feel an impact. Brace for it. You will likely immediately grab the steering wheel and grip hard. That is okay, but it is essential that you know when to let go of the steering wheel. Like the car, the impact force will move from the tyres to the steering wheel, so it is necessary to let go of the wheel when the car starts to roll. A good way to protect yourself during impact is to cross your arms over your body and hold yourself in place using your legs. Also, be alert to your surroundings and stay clear of the roof if your car’s frame starts to fail or collapses.

Exit

When the car has stopped rolling, turn off the car asap. There is always the concern of fires in this type of situation and turning the ignition off will help to prevent fires from starting due to fuel leaks. If you see flames or smell gasoline, get out of the car as soon as possible and stay a safe distance away from the car as it can ignite. Be cautious when you exit the car as there may be broken glass and metal.

000

As soon as the car stops, you are aware of the condition of you and your passengers and have made a safe exit, call 000. If you have your cell phone, take some pictures of your insurance claim.

Towing

After your call to 000, contact your local towing company. Southside Towing is a Sydney towing company that responds quickly to emergency situations. For more information on our services, contact us at the number below, or visit our homepage. For fast, affordable towing, call Southside Towing at 0488 869 464.