images (7)It’s not a situation anyone envies being in, but it is something, frankly, quite inevitable; since it is also something unexpected, most of us aren’t prepared for when it does occur. So when we find our vehicle in need of towing (presumably after a an accident or an event such as engine failure), what we do is just pull up our smart phones, Google ‘tow truck company’ and call one of the first few searches which we are given. This is a mistake, and in order to make sure you do not commit the same wrong, this article will shed light on how to choose the better towing companies out there. And of course all this should be done beforehand, so that when (and if) your car does break down, you have a company in tow (this wasn’t that terrible was it?

People who quickly use Google and end up choosing the wrong company often complain later of things like ‘Their cost was unreasonably high’, ‘the operator was too unprofessional in handling my car and roughed it up slightly’ or ‘they took their time to arrive’, to ensure these pains do not afflict you, here are some tips.

After basic stuff like their prices (which do not vary too much), the most important thing to check is their customer satisfaction – as this indicator above all others will tell you most about their service quality. Aside from their website, check their social media page (Facebook) or see if there are any reviews of their service on Yelp, Yahoo and Google (high chances are that you’ll find some). Another way to check their grade of work is to see if they are involved with some trade organization; do they regularly work for such an organization (which requires towing services on a regular basis). If they do then it’s a good sign of their level of commitment to quality since such organizations require a certain level of quality to be maintained when they hire any service.

If you’ve called a company a way to check their level of professionalism is to ask note the following when they arrive to tow your vehicle away. Note how they talk to you when you call them, do they take a sizeable time to register your incident? When they arrive do they do so in proper attire and with the proper safety equipment? Is their equipment up to date? How do they go about dealing with your car? Are they quick, efficient as they do their business? These details will help you gauge if they are worth the call. And will help you decide if you want their services in the future.

And an obvious – yet surprisingly overlooked – point is that one should always choose a company which is nearby to where you are. Companies can advertise anywhere and it will do you no good to call a company which tows your car 80 miles away and then you have to get it all the way back. Plus such a distance greatly increases the towing costs.

images (6)Car’s exterior washing is generally done on a regular basis, but most of us neglect washing your car interior. Remember, car interior washing is in fact more important the exterior washing.

Here are 7 car interior washing hacks which will surely make your car’s interior look great. Have a look at these seven wonderful car interior cleaning Hacks coming right out of your kitchen.

Cooking Spray – Grab some cooking spray from your kitchen and simply spray it on the inside rubber seals of the car doors and rub it in with a paper or soft cloth towel to prevent the doors from icing shut or sticking when it is icy at the outdoors.

Coconut Oil And Cupcake Mould – On the dashboard and cup holders of your car, you can apply some coconut oil. It not only prevents dust from settling again, but it also provides a little shine. You can keep a silicone cupcake mould inside each holder to prevent the cup holders from getting dirty again. So, whenever they become dirty all you have to do is rinse them out.

Big Cereal Containers – Place your big cereal container with a recycled bag. The best thing about doing this is that while it is closed, everything stays safe inside even if it falls over. Another great thing is that when the recycled bag gets dirty you can wash it inside the container.

Coffee Creamer Containers – Old coffee creamer containers fit neatly in the backseat cup holders. They allow for snacks to be given a few at a time and are an excellent choice for snacks. Your car’s backseat will stays clean and your kids can reach them easily.

Lint Rollers – Lint rollers are important to keep in your car as it is something which can be used effectively for a quick roll over in the backseat of your car before you go for grocery shopping to get rid of your pet dog’s hair or you can brush your suit jacket before visiting your office as a final touch-up.

Water And Vinegar – A mixture of one part of water and three parts of vinegar helps to keep your car windows free from ice. You should keep the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it every night when you park the car. Next morning you’ll see that your car windows are ice free while your neighbours are scraping ice from their vehicles.

Recycled Bags – Place them over your headrests in the seat, so they will provide extra storing space which you can use for grocery and other things as well.

download (16)We live in modern times and basically everyone has car insurance, an auto club membership, or a cellphone, and many of us drive new car models which are not likely to break down. Accidents and malfunctions still happen, and when they happen in an area that is not inhabited, we may find ourselves in a bit of trouble.

The first move for many will be to pick up the phone and call for help from your auto club, but this can take a lot of time. Your phone battery could be dead and the reception in some of the wilder parts of the country is certainly not reliable.

This is why it is important to always have a car emergency kit with you, with all the emergency materials and tools you might need to make minor fixes to your vehicle yourself, and at least get it running until you reach the nearest gas station or town. At the very least, you should have everything you need to wait it out until someone can come pick you up or until another car comes along so you can ask for help.

Some of the emergency materials you should always prepare before going on a trip include:

– First aid kit

– Charged phone or phone battery

– Spare tire

– Tire gauge

– Jumper cables

– Duct tape

– Rugs and gloves

– Drinking water

– Blankets, shovels and clothes

While some of these emergency materials such as jumper cables, duct tape and tire gauge will help you do actual fixes to your car, most of the listed items are survival gear. You don’t know where a breakdown can happen, and during long trips you may end up stuck in the middle of nowhere. Having a turned off, charged phone is a great idea, but sometimes there is simply no reception.

In these cases, if you can’t fix your car yourself, all you can really do is wait. This is where the other emergency materials will help, as they will keep you warm, hydrated and alive until someone comes along and you can finally get back to civilization.

In some cases, you may have to spend the night in your car, and being well prepared for such an emergency may mean the difference between being comfortable or extremely uncomfortable and in extreme cases even between life and death.

Making sure you learn a bit about auto mechanics before setting out on long trips will be the smartest thing, because minor breakdowns can be fixed with a simple set of emergency tools and materials. If the breakdown is more serious, it is important to call a professional auto repair shop that can make any necessary repairs to your car.

 

download (17)A very inconvenient type of car accident, a hit and run, implies where you or your car were hit by another car and the culprit fled the scene leaving no information. Typical cases happen when someone bumps into your parked car, but at times even living people are victims of hit and run accidents where a driver simply speeds off out of fear.

In such accidents, it is normal to feel shocked and confused, but it is very important to keep a cool head as this will help you get the most help later. Here are the things you should do immediately after being involved in a hit and run to insure maximum protection.

Gather information

Like with most things, information is a powerful weapon. If you were at the scene when it happened, try to get the car model, number or any other distinctive features that may help find the driver. If you were not there when it happened, look around for potential witnesses or cameras. This all may help find the driver responsible later on.

Before leaving the scene, take some photos. Most people carry a smartphone with a camera, so make sure to record the situation as it happened. Even better, if you can, get a photo of the culprit’s car. If you get that, you hit the jackpot.

File A Police Report

Don’t be a hero and take things into your own hands. That’s what the police are for. Immediately after an accident, if you are able, call the police. Even if they can’t help right away, the police will get you to fill out a report and the process of searching for the culprit will begin. In time and with enough information provided, it is likely the driver will be found and you will be compensated appropriately.

If you do not file a police report, it will be very difficult for you to do anything really. Acting days after the incident may be too late, you may lose your witnesses and simply be in a much worse situation.

File A Hit and Run Claim

Whether you can or cannot find the responsible driver, you will want to file a claim. In the case you know who did it, you can file with their insurance company, and in such cases usually get a pretty hefty payment as a result of their negligence.

When the culprit remains unknown, you may still file this claim with your own insurer. Various insurance policies will allow for such incidents, and while it may end up raising your insurance rate in the future, a hit and run claim may mean you get the money you need for any car repair or hospital bills that may be incurred as a result of the hit and run