Car Broke Down? How to Pass the Time While Waiting for the Tow Truck

Car Broke Down? How to Pass the Time While Waiting for the Tow Truck

No one wants to end up stuck at the side of the road, but with approximately 69 million vehicle breakdowns occurring in the United States annually, there is a good chance that one day it will happen to you, and when that day comes, instead of sitting stewing, getting more and more stressed out, be sure to try the following activities to pass the time while waiting for Illinois roadside assistance instead.

Make sure you’re safe

Instead of worrying, take action to improve your safety at the roadside instead! Turn on your hazard lights, and if you can, put out cones that will help to make you more visible to other road users, and the tow truck when it comes. Lock your car doors and sit back and relax a little. Breaking down may be stressful, but if you feel safe, it will be a little easier to bear.

Collect your stuff

If your car has broken down, chances are you won’t be seeing it for a while until your mechanic has taken care of the problem. So, while you’re waiting for the tow truck to come, spend a few minutes gathering together your wallet, I.D. phone, and anything else you’re keeping in the car that you may need in a hurry.

Stay warm (but preserve the car battery too)

If you’re stuck in your vehicle at the side of the road, and it also happens to be cold outside, keeping warm is really important, but at the same time, you don’t want to drain your car’s battery or use up too much fuel. So, alternate between turning the heating on and off. The same goes for hot weather and the air conditioning too.

Read or watch Netflix (but don’t let your battery die)

If you have your phone or another device with you, reading or watching a show or two on the Netflix app will help you to take your mind off your problems until help arrives in the form of a shiny tow truck.

Of course, being able to contact help should you need it is more important than being entertained, so if your battery is low, or in danger of going that way, you may need to switch off and save the battery instead. If that happens, more primitive forms of entertainment such as making funny words out of passing car number plates or seeing how many of a specific vehicle you can spot in a certain amount of time may be the order of the day!


When your car breaks down, the first thing you should do is make sure you are as safe as possible, and that you have called Illinois roadside assistance to come and get you. Once you’ve done that, it’s just a matter of staying in your vehicle and keeping yourself occupied until help arrives!

Heartland Towing & Recovery are here to help!

If your car has broken down, Heartland Towing & Recovery is the only Illinois roadside assistance you’ll ever need. Fast and efficient, we’ll have you out of your bind and back to safety in no time at all. Stay safe and call us on 217-342-5610.