You never know what might happen alongside the road, being stuck on the side of the road is not a pleasant situation especially when you're living in a country where crime is out of control.
This can be even worse if you are stuck because of a crash - Not all tow truck operators are unscrupulous, but be there have been quite of few incidents reported of motorists
that have fallen victim of dishonest operators.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WITH TOWING SERVICES:
The Automobile Association (AA) advises all motorists to be aware of their rights, and in control of events, in such a situation.
"We hear too often of motorists who are involved in crashes and the have their vehicles towed away from the scene without their permission, or where their vehicles are taken and then towed and stored at excessive daily rates.
There is no need for this to happen; motorists have rights and they must enforce these if they are able to," notes the AA.
The Association says it is important to note that not all tow truck operators are unscrupulous, and that there are more professional, ethical operators out there than those who aren't. There are accredited service providers who adhere to strict rules and ethics.
It is, says the AA, also important to recognise that tow trucks provide a valuable service to motorists who are stranded on the side of the road due to mechanical breakdowns or as a result of crashes.
"Towing can be costly. If you are not in a financial position to pay a large once-off fee for towing we would advise vehicles owners to explore options which cover these costs," says the AA.
Among the tips the AA gives to motorists in relation to towing services are:
"It is important for motorists to understand they are in charge of the vehicles, and that they do not have to be intimidated into doing anything they don't want to do.
Being covered through insurance is the best option, but even without it, no-one has the right to take your vehicle without your consent," advises the AA.