by: Tallie Johnson
After towing for more than four years, Mark Alcala has seen his share of accidents. But winter is his busiest season.
"It's probably a simple fender bender. With this type of congestion out there probably someone slid into someone else's vehicle, or something," said Alcala.
Even if you have a four wheel drive you still need to be careful.
"The only thing you can really do is brake early and slow down to avoid slamming onto the breaks because it doesn't' matter how many wheels are turning, it takes about the same amount of time to stop," said Alcala.
Being careful also means being prepared, and having key items in your car.
"For when it gets really cold out there you can have a blanket, and road flares, those are the biggest ones...and to always have your cell phone handy," said Alcala.
In fact they get plenty of calls from people before they even hit the road. They get calls from people who lock their keys in the car while warming it up.
But most calls are something else.
"I'd say more ditches, more people sliding in ditches, a lot of rear ending," said Quad City Towing Staff Member Jason Epping.
Erica Gruebel was simply trying to stop but ended up in a fender bender with a flat tire.
"It's ok unless you have to slam on your brakes and then of course you travel a little slicker than normal so you have to drive slow and take it easy," said Gruebel.