February 2010

Highway/Freeway Safety

Safety tip. If you do break down on a highway or freeway, pull to the right shoulder (if possible) safely & remain in your vehicle with your seatbelt on until help arrives. Once the help is there, if you have to get out of your vehicle, remain on the off traffic side of the vehicle & do not EVER stand between the vehicles. ALSO, try to keep your view towards oncoming traffic if at all possible. Traffic moves pretty fast on both Highway 101 and Highway 12 through Santa Rosa so be safe out there Sonoma County.

Things to keep in your vehicle

Here is a list of items you should always have handy:

  • Jumper Cables
  • Small Tool Kit
  • First-aid Kit & Blankets
  • Bottled Drinking Water
  • Flashlight (w/good batteries)
  • Roll of Duct tape
  • Road Flares (60minutes worth)
  • Map of area where you are traveling
  • Cell phone w/charger

If you DON'T have these things and you are in Santa Rosa, at least have Yarbrough Bros Towing phone number, 707-584-5000.

Damage Free Towing

Just the other day we took a call from a customer in Rohnert Park. She told us that she had a damaged car from an accident and that she wanted it towed to Pick n Pull in Windsor. We gave her a quote for a flatbed tow which she frustratingly stated, "no no no, it is damaged, so it should be free. Don't you guys do DAMAGE FREE Towing." Just had to laugh at that one.

Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance on your vehicle can go a long way to minimizing your chances of having a breakdown. Talk to your mechanic during your next visit and let them know your driving habits, when you are planning a road trip or if they see anything that COULD be a problem down the road. A little work now can avoid a lot of work later and hopefully save you some hard earned money.