If you have ever been stranded by the side of the road due to a vehicle breakdown, you know how scary it can be. Traffic is whizzing by as you pray no one hits you or your car. A tow truck driver from a place like Michael's Towing & Recovery Service pulling in next to you is a beautiful sight. To make sure the best tow truck driver for your needs shows up, take a few proactive steps.

Insurance and Auto Clubs

If you have a roadside assistance plan, either through an auto club or your insurance plan, you will benefit in several ways. First, you do not have to worry about the cost of having your vehicle towed because the price is covered in your premium or membership fee. Secondly, you do not have to find a tow truck driver on your own. These providers will send out operators that they have vetted, so you will only be dealing with certified, competent operators. If they have been dispatched by your insurance company, they will know to take you to a repair shop whose work your company accepts. Otherwise, check with your company before having your vehicle towed. Otherwise, you could end up having to move your car or truck to another shop, which can be expensive. 


If a tow truck driver shows up to help without being called, you need to be cautious. Although he truly may just have been in the neighborhood, a few unscrupulous drivers might take advantage of the situation and overcharge you or take you to a less-than-stellar shop. For the best results, only allow a tow truck driver to take your vehicle if he was called by you, your auto club, insurance company, or a police officer. These drivers will also make certain the paperwork is in order, including a complete invoice with their fees clearly outlined. They will also make clear to you where your vehicle is being towed. 

Tow truck drivers can really save the day. Finding a truly sterling one is simple when you rely on your insurance company or auto club. If you do have to choose one on your own, make sure the company is certified and that they provide you with the necessary paperwork. Do contact your insurance company so that you know whether you are covered or not for the service. Also, make certain that you have your vehicle towed to a repair shop that is recommended by your insurance company.