What do you need to know the first time that your car gets towed?

No one ever wants their car to break down, but most people will experience it at least once in their lifetime. Sometimes the problem will fix itself, but most of the time, you’ll need to be towed. Towing can be quite daunting, but if you know what’s going to happen, you’ll be much better prepared.

In the following article, we’ll take a look at four tips for the first time that you are towed!

First and Foremost, Stay Safe

When your car breaks down, the first thing you need to consider is your safety. If possible, pull the vehicle off to the side and away from any traffic. If you can, remain inside your vehicle. Then, switch on your hazard lights to warn other vehicles.

If safe to do so, put out road flares to establish a perimeter around your vehicle. Always remain in your vehicle and talk to anyone who approached through the window.

Check Your Paperwork 

Now is a good time to check your insurance and see whether or not it covers breakdowns and towing. This paperwork could be in your car or also available via an app on your phone. If your insurance doesn’t cover it and doesn’t recommend anyone, then you will need to find someone.

On your smartphone, Google “towing near me” or search for towing in Eagle and Summit County to find a towing company such as Mountain Recovery.

While You’re Waiting To Be Towed

If you are lucky, a tow truck may only be a few minutes away. However, in most cases, you’re going to be waiting a little while until one arrives. While you wait, decide whether or not you’re going to be getting a ride with your vehicle or if you’ll need someone to pick you up. You can also call your mechanic and let them know that your vehicle is on the way in.

When the Tow Truck Arrives

When they arrives, the driver will most likely ask for ID and vehicle registration, so have that ready to show them. They may also ask for proof of insurance. Most tow companies will get you to sign a release of liability form. This form states that you understand the risks of getting your vehicle towed and won’t hold the towing company responsible for any unavoidable damages which occur.

Most drivers prefer to load the vehicle themselves, but some may be happy for you to assist. If you’re being picked up, this is where you say goodbye to your vehicle, but if you’re leaving with the towed vehicle, you’ll accompany it.


The first time your car is towed can be quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! With the tips mentioned above, should the worst occur, you’ll be ready to be towed.

If you need any vehicle towing or recovery services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 970-476-1124 24/7, 365 days a year! Mountain Recovery is proud to service the following areas: Vail, Avon, Minturn, Vail Pass, Eagle, Gypsum, Eagle-Vail, Copper Mountain, Frisco, Silverthorne, and Dillon Breckenridge, Eisenhower Tunnel, Bakerville, Silver Plume, Georgetown, Colorado. Eagle, Summit, and Clear Creek County.