When your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, it can be a frightening and frustrating experience. If you don't have anyone to call when you need help, it can frustrate you even more. A few months ago, my truck quit on the way to work. Since I work and live in a rural area, finding someone to give me a lift to the city isn't always easy. Luckily, my employer sent a tow truck driver to help me out. The driver towed my car to a shop in town to get it repaired. The driver also offered a few tips on how to stay safe in a rural area. If you need advice or information about towing, read my blog. I show you how to keep cool under tough situations and what to do when you need towing help. Thanks for visiting.
If you park somewhere where you are not authorized to park, your vehicle could be towed. It can be easy to park in the wrong area when you are visiting a new place for the first time. Here are three things you need to know about your parking and towing rights when you visit the state of Florida.
If Your Vehicle Is In The Process Of Being Towed
If you show up somewhere and you see that your vehicle is attached to a towing truck and the driver is about to leave, your vehicle is isn't necessarily lost to you for the night. The first thing you need to do is get that attention of the tow truck driver and clearly state that you are the owner of the vehicle that they have attached to their truck and have not taken out of the parking lot yet.
Once you identify yourself as the owner of the vehicle, the tow truck driver cannot leave the parking lot without working with you. The tow truck driver is required to stop the process of removing your vehicle. If you want to prevent your vehicle from being towed off the lot, you will have to pay that driver whatever half of their standard fee is. The driver should accept cards, personal checks, or cash as a form of payment. If you are able to pay half the standard fee, the driver has to release your vehicle and is not authorized to tow your vehicle to their lot.
If You Arrive Before Your Vehicle Is Hooked Up
If you arrive to a lot and find that a tow truck is getting ready to hook up your vehicle, but has not begun the process or has not started to drive through the parking lot with your vehicle, the first thing you need to do is identify yourself as the driver. Once you identify yourself as the driver, the tow truck driver cannot continue to attempt to hook up your vehicle. They have to stop all attempts to remove your vehicle. They cannot charge you either, since they didn't actually hook up or tow your vehicle anywhere, even across the parking lot. The tow truck driver has to stop their attempt to move your vehicle, and you need to then move your vehicle somewhere you are authorized to park it.
If Your Vehicle Was Towed & The Lot Is Closed
If you arrive to the lot after the fact and find out that your vehicle has been towed, but the tow yard is closed for the day, the company should have a number posted on the lot that you can call. This number should connect you to an operator. Once you call the operator and inform them that you want to pick up your vehicle and that you have the money to pay to have your vehicle released, the operator has to send someone down to release your vehicle within a timely manner. Within an hour or so, someone has to show up at the lot and allow you to pay for and access your vehicle. If no one shows up within an hour or so after you call the operator, call the police and report the lot; it is a criminal charge to not release a vehicle after one has been contacted to do so in Florida.
If you are visiting Florida, make sure that you are authorized to leave your vehicle where it is parked so you can avoid dealing with being towed for illegal parking altogether. For more information about towing laws in your area, contact a local towing service.