There are definitely times when a vehicle, even though it will still drive, should be towed.  Many times a consumer will drive their vehicle to a repair facility to save money on a tow bill.  Isn’t spending $75.00 to $100.00 on a tow bill much less expensive, than the possible damage that could cost several hundred dollars by driving it instead.

As the operator of the vehicle you really need to rely on your knowledge of how your vehicle usually performs. Using your senses and being in tune with smells, how it performs, seeing any unusual smoke or leaking of fluids under the car, or any new and loud sounds created by the vehicle, can be a good indicator of whether a vehicle needs towing or not.

Warnings to watch, listen and look for:

Vehicle is overheating according to the temperature gauge or sudden drop on the gauge.

Check Engine Light is flashing.

Oil Level or Oil Pressure light is illuminated.

Smoke is coming out from under the hood or out the tailpipe.

Vehicle has a burning smell.

Smell of fuel while vehicle is either running or not.

Brakes that make a very loud grinding noise either while driving or when applied.

Rotational noise while vehicle is moving, that gets louder with increased rpms or road speed.

Loud noise under the hood while engine is running, like knocking, whirring or screeching.

Vehicle runs poorly, misfiring, backfiring, stalling at stops, no power when accelerating.

Sudden loss of fluid like coolant, oil, power steering or brake fluid that can be seem around vehicle.

Continued driving during any of these conditions could be unsafe and could cause more damage.  Choosing to tow your vehicle is a wise decision that could save you money and keep you safe by minimizing damage to the vehicle. Happy Motoring!

Karen Johnston

All About Automotive, Inc.

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