Our school car park has become a dumping ground for old cars for some reason. It's important to get them removed quickly, as they are often in bad condition and can be dangerous for the kids and their families, as well as taking up a lot of our car parking spaces. We have a towing service that removes the cars from our car park quickly so that we can free up the spaces. This blog talks about the processing of getting cars towed off site and how to choose a towing service that is responsive to your needs as a school or business.
Even if you can get your car in gear and move it forward, this doesn't mean it's always safe to drive. There are times when your car could be experiencing mechanical failures that could simply get worse as you drive and which could put you and everyone else on the road at risk; rather than face even more expensive repair bills or get into an accident, you would do well to have your car towed in certain circumstances. Note a few of these here and why it's better to avoid driving in these situations.
1. When the wheels seem to drag
Very often you can just tell when the car's wheels seem to drag versus move along freely. This can be caused by a tire that is flat or flatter than it should be, but if the tires seem fully inflated, your car may be experiencing a serious problem with the brakes. If the brake pads are squeezing the rotors to the wheels, this can cause drag or keep the tires from moving freely. If you ignore this problem, the brakes may lock up completely or this overuse can cause them to fail altogether. When you feel this added drag on the wheels and know that a tire doesn't need air, have your car towed.
2. When the car clunks and dips
A clunking sound should never be ignored, as this often means that something has come loose and is now banging around with every bump in the road. In turn, this can mean severe damage to other parts under the hood. However, if the car seems to dip along with the clunking sound, this can mean a bent axle. If you drive on a bent axle, you'll continue to put pressure on the side where it's bent and it may break altogether. This can be an expensive fix and strand you in the middle of the road, so it's best to stop the car when it clunks and dips and have it safely towed.
3. When you can't get it in gear
If your car is stuck in park, you don't want to force the shifter or lever to move to drive or reverse. There are chains and gears that control the car's transmission and forcing the car into or out of gear can mean breaking those parts. In turn, you may be able to put your car in drive but it then may be stuck in drive since the chains or gears are now broken. Have the car towed when it gets overly sticky and won't easily shift from one gear to another to avoid this risk.