Preventive maintenance on your car can go a long way in reducing the likelihood of getting stranded on the side of the road. Fortunately, with the help of towing services Lindstrom MN drivers provide, you never have to be idle for too long. There are some car problems that will let you limp along until you reach your mechanic, while others require the use of a tow truck to prevent further damage to your car and protect your safety. Here are some of the more common instances requiring towing services.

  1. Dead Battery

Car batteries can last up to five or six years, though many people find themselves needing a new one after just three or four years of use. A dead battery will keep your car from starting, and unless you have jumper cables and a nearby vehicle, you may need a tow truck to get you home. An alternator or bad charging system could also keep your battery from working well.

  1. Flat Tire

One of the most common problems a driver can face is having a flat tire or a blowout. Long drives, improper inflation and objects in the road increase the risk of a flat tire, and unless you have a spare to change out on the side of the road, you will need to be towed to avoid damaging your tire rim.

  1. Smoke

If you have blue or gray-colored smoke coming from under the hood that smells like burnt oil, you may have oil seeping into the engine. Oil levels that are too low will cause serious damage to your engine and leave your car dead. White-colored smoke is a dangerous sign and you should get away from the car as fast as you can and dial 911.

Some car problems can be fixed on the side of the road, while others require professional help. Calling for a tow can end up saving you money by keeping your car from further damage.