If you find yourself stranded at night, then you need to take steps to ensure your safety. This is especially true if you are alone on the side of the road. Big Jim’s Automotive can reach you if your car breaks down. While you’re waiting on us, here are some tips on how you can keep yourself safe until a tow truck arrives.


Get Your Car Off the Road...

First things first. If your car breaks down, then get it off the road as soon as possible. Try to get it far onto the shoulder so that you have room to open the door. If you delay getting the car off the road, then you are at risk of causing a rear-end collision, which will only worsen the situation. If you can ask for assistance, then ask someone nearby to help you get the car off the road. Every move you make to park the car should be fast and deliberate.


...Except for an Accident

The exception to the above rule is if you’ve been in a collision. If you are unharmed, quickly exit the vehicle, but do not move it until the police arrive. While the officer is assessing the situation, you can call us to tow the car away. Once we have the approval, we can pull the vehicle to our auto repair center or wherever you want us to take it.


Stand on the Shoulder Side of the Vehicle

When your car breaks down, the last thing you think about is where you are standing. That’s also the last thing that other drivers think about as well. Therefore, you should stand on the shoulder side of the car. Do not stand in front or back of the vehicle. If a driver doesn’t see you at night and slams into your car, you need to be out of the path of the wreck. Stand back from the car as far as you can to avoid any danger.


Call a Family Member or a Friend

When you break down, you may be completely alone. Pick up the phone and call someone to let them know where you are and what your situation is. Ideally, someone should come to you to make sure you are safe until we arrive. Being 'rescued' is not always possible, however, so you should alert someone if you are alone. Provide information such as your location, the condition of the car, and that we are on our way to tow your vehicle. Try to provide names of roads, landmarks, or buildings that you are close to.


Big Jim’s Automotive is On Our Way!

We understand how stressful and frightening breaking down on the side of the road can be. Therefore, our Big Jim’s Automotive drivers are committed to reaching you as fast as possible. We can tow your car anywhere you want in a manner that is safe and hassle-free. We offer full towing service for personal and commercial vehicles in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. We also provide engine repair, auto AC repair, and brake repair, as well as car maintenance. Call us today at 319-261-0999. We are here when you need us.