Road safety

What to do if you get stuck on the roads

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) — During the winter months, tow truck drivers stay very busy helping other drivers out of messy situations. If you’re not careful, you might need their help.

If you have to get out on the road, give yourself extra time to get to work. Drive slowly and leave enough space between you and other drivers to avoid an accident. If you end up sliding off the roads, tow truck drivers say it’s best to call a professional to help you out so you don’t damage your car.

“A lot of cars don’t have places to hang on like they used to,” said Terry Harden, owner of Terry’s Towing. “People are hanging on to them and pulling things they shouldn’t be pulling and tearing things.”

Harden says people often grab onto a vehicle’s suspension or bumper and tear it off, costing thousands of dollars in damage.

If you call a tow truck for assistance, be prepared to wait. Tow truck companies often respond to calls as they come.

If you are driving and notice a tow truck on the road, show them respect while they help people.

“Give us space,” Harden said. “The movement on the laws is in force. many people still don’t. They don’t think about it, they have their phone in their hands, they have their text messages, they don’t pay attention to what’s going on around them and that really makes it very difficult for everyone.

Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes, if it is safe to do so, when approaching MoDOT vehicles, law enforcement vehicles, and other emergency vehicles whose lights are flashing. If drivers cannot safely change lanes, they should slow down when passing emergency vehicles.

When making your commute, be sure to give yourself extra time to get to your destination. One way to avoid needing assistance is not to use cruise control on slippery roads. On very low grip surfaces such as ice and snow, operating the cruise control may cause the car to skid or spin.

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