The thought of traveling across the country sends chills down my spine when I remember how difficult it was to find a way to get off the highway when our car broke down. We were on that highway for over an hour before a police officer found our vehicle, and she helped our family get the attention we deserved. We were eventually towed off the road by a company that operated a few towns over from where we broke down. I can remember how cranky I felt because it was late in the night, and I had to take care of two crying children while my wife tried to come up with an idea of what to do about our situation.
Having a reliable tow company nearby can come in handy when you break down. It’s not always something you can plan for, but it’s much easier to figure out now that smart phones are in all of our pockets. Back when I broke down I couldn’t find a company like 24 hour towing services Woodbridge Va. I didn’t have a phone book, and we were miles from the nearest gas station. I remembered passing the gas station on our way out of town, and I had no idea how far it would be until the next station.
We tried waving at cars that were passing by us on the highway, but none of the drivers would stop for us. Before cell phones were popular, I suppose it was too risky to pull over for someone in the middle of the night. If we had a phone then, we would have called a reliable towing company to come and pick us up from our location. When you talk to a tow company you need to have a way to tell them where you are. We were near a mile marker, so I would have told them which mile marker we were near. You also have to know which way you’re facing on the highway, or else the tow company might not be able to locate your vehicle.
We were eventually assisted by a police officer who was passing by on the highway, and that officer helped radio for a tow truck. It wasn’t the worst experience because the officer was friendly, and the tow truck driver was kind as well. Seeing as it was the middle of the night, we must have woke the tow truck driver up when the officer made the call over the radio, but that driver didn’t complain.
We gave the tow truck driver a decent tip for coming out of his way to pick us up that night. If not for the police officer’s kindness and the tow truck driver’s positive attitude, that night could have been miserable. The driver took our vehicle to a shop, and he dropped us off at the motel near the auto shop. We rested up, and we made sure to thank the driver on our way out of town.