When You Should Tow Your Car Instead Of Driving

Time to Tow? When You Should Tow Your Car Instead of Driving

After an accident, if your car appears drivable, you may think there’s nothing seriously wrong with it apart from body damage and drive it away from the scene of the collision. However, sometimes there are internal issues that are not immediately detected which can severely impact the operation of your vehicle if you drive it. How can you be sure your car is able to drive properly following an impact, and when should you opt for towing services instead of attempting to drive it home yourself? Here are a few things to look for when trying to decide if it’s time to tow

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Does it seem…different?

Since you are the driver of your car, you probably know it better than just about anyone. You can usually tell right away if it is driving differently- for instance, if it’s pulling to the left or right, or if it is making an unusual grinding, clunking or whining noise that is out of the ordinary. If you sense something is off with your vehicle, stop driving it right away and call a towing company for assistance.

Is anything coming out of the car?

This can include leaking fluids or smoke, and are a serious indicator of problems below the surface of your vehicle. The general rule of thumb is to contact a towing company and have your car towed to a service center without delay if you see any smoke or fluids coming out of your car.

Is the Check Engine light on?

Whether it is a collision or simply car trouble, anytime you see the Check Engine light come on your dashboard, it’s time to take the car into the shop as soon as possible. This goes double for a flashing Check Engine light - if you see the light blinking on your dash, don’t even attempt to drive the car to the service center, and request towing service as soon as you can.

Collinsville Auto Repair is here to help you with roadside assistance, so you’re never on the road alone. We offer towing services to our valued clients in and around Canton, CT, and can send a tow truck when you need it most. Call the team at Collinsville Auto Repair when you aren’t sure whether your car is safe to drive, and we’ll help you get it to our repair center for premium quality care at an affordable price. Contact Collinsville Auto Repair next time your car is in need of towing service- we’ll handle the rest!


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