Driving On The 805 & The Hood Flies Open

hood flies open on carYou’re driving in the 805 freeway in the left lane when the hood flies open. An instant before, you had clear and also an un-obstructed vision of the freeway ahead, unexpectedly a steel obstacle, the hood, is elevated totally up and impairs your vision of almost everything. For all you could see, you might as well be blindfolded. But how did it take place?

Perhaps the hood lock had been functioning right, yet you ignored to have it fixed. Or perhaps it had not been functioning at all, so you connected the hood with some rope or string and it cracked. Or perhaps, when you had the oil inspected at one of those fly in and fly our instant oil change shops and the mechanic really did not shut the hood all the way until it locked properly.

So what should you do? First of all do not stress out and lose it. Panic will certainly rob you of the capability to react clearly as well as to do exactly what you need to do to stay clear of an accident. Do not hit the brakes and lock them up, most cars now days have anti-lock braking but not all cars, you may lose control of your vehicle if you slam on the brakes besides other motorists could not have the ability to stop in time to stay clear of back side you. Instead gently pump the brakes to alert automobiles behind you that you’re reducing speed and that there is a problem. Quickly determine if you could look under or around the raised hood while you are driving. Usually you can. By sitting real low in the seat (like a teen age boy who thinks he’s cool) you maybe able to view the roadway to the space between the raised hood and the cowling. Otherwise, press your head up against the driver side window. Often this affords a perspective of the road if you continue to be in a regular seating position. If you still cannot view under or around the hood, put the driver side window all the way down and lean out of the window kind of like Jim Carey did in Ace Ventura Pet Dective:)That will give you enough clearance for you to see around the edge of the hood.

Find A Good San Diego Tow Company

company truckWith restored vision, signaling modification, reduce, and carefully start changing lanes towards the right hand shoulder. Get out of the car and also shut the hood. This might fix the scenario. If the hood won’t shut or keeps opening up the latch may be damaged or distorted, you need to tie it down good enough so that you can drive home or to a nearby San Diego repair shop. Your next choice is to find some towing companies San Diego that may be able to assist you with a tow in Chula Vista. Your best bet is to get a reliable tow truck company because it may not be the last time that you need emergency roadside assistance. Just last week I needed to call a pro auto locksmith in San Diego. Look for professionalism both on the initial phone call and during the tow service itself. There are so many towing companies in San Diego it is not necessary to put up with bad service. You may want to consider buying a triple A membership.

 

DIY Road Service

If you don’t have material to strap the hood down you can obtain an item of cord from someplace in the vehicle as an example you could utilize a wire from among the taillight wiring. You will certainly be driving with just one tail and brake light, however in your emergency situation that ought to suffice. What you can not drive with is a hood threatens to fly open anytime. Tying  down the hood either with wire or with stout cable isn’t really tough if you keep main thing in mind: the material must be sturdy enough to firmly hold it in position. This will likely entail of many loops of wire or cord not simply one. Tie one end of cord or string to the hood lock or to the hutch metal supports and the other and also through any practical opening in the cars front end and 2 or three loops with cord or string, correctly tied up, ought to keep the hood in place long enough to drive slowly to the closest San Diego mechanic shop or dealership to look for an place to get the hood latch fixed. Switch out any type of automobile electrical wiring you may have borrowed.

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Getting Stuck On The Side Of The Road One Night

red Craiglist wreckerFinding myself stuck on the side of the 805 one night in Mission Valley, I couldn’t help but think “Now why didn’t I renew my AAA membership again?”. Seriously what’s the big deal about dropping $80 bucks to have the peace of mind knowing that you’ve got towing coverage in case anything happens. Well there I was stuck without coverage because I can sometimes play the cheapo. My first stupid idea was do do a Craigslist search for Cheap Towing San Diego but then I came to my senses and did a more relevant search like: San Diego Towing which bounced back a local towing company that calls itself the Speedy Towing Network. Hey who was I to argue, I needed a tow and yes I would like it speedy :)

The Towing Laws Stink

As I was just about to call the fine gentlemen at the Speedy Towing Network when I spotted a tow truck passing by, I flagged him down. He passed me but pulled to the shoulder and carefully backed up until he was just a few yards away. The driver got down from his flatbed tow truck and donned his safety reflective gear, I didn’t blame him because traffic was just zooming by, ridiculous! Any who, he was very polite and professional, asking me if I was OK, and if I needed any emergency assistance. I replied that I was fine but I just needed to be towed home so that I could make car repair arraignments the next day with my mechanic. What he said next was unbelievable, he told me that he couldn’t help me because it was illegal, what!!! Why on earth would it be illegal to help somebody off the side of the road? Apparently there is a problem with grimey tow truck drivers that just pull over whenever they see a car on the side of the road and just grab it and run. They act like if they were the tow company that was called out and then try to rip of the customer, somewhat of a poaching type deal. The driver was very informative and polite, a Western Towing driver.

Ended Up Calling The Speedy Towing Network

OK, so I had to revert back to plan A and call up the guys I had Craigslist ASAP to have them send out  a truck and driver. Like clockwork the flatbed showed up quick and we were on our way.