Returning to your parking spot to find your ride mysteriously gone is not an experience many yearn to have. And yet, sometimes, it can be hard to know how to avoid it. Why do cars get towed in Chicago, and how can one prevent it from happening to them?
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Chicago Tow-Away Tips and Laws
Cars are typically towed in Chicago due to being:
- Parked in violation of posted signs
- Having been involved in an accident and blocking traffic
- Having been abandoned
To avoid getting towed, be sure to read street signs closely so that you’re fully aware of the rules for the spot where you’re parking. For a few ground rules, do not block active driveways, intersections, or curb ramps. Also, avoid parking by:
- Bus stops
- Loading zones (these are usually marked in yellow)
- Blue zones (these are for disabled individuals. So don’t park here unless you have a disabled marker on your vehicle)
- Red zones (where curbs are painted red)
- Tow away zones (during normal commuting hours)
In addition, certain streets also restrict parking every day from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. between December 1st and April 1st. This is to allow the streets to be effectively plowed and prevent traffic from coming to a standstill during major snowstorms. The no-parking rule applies during this time period whether any snow is present or not.
How can I find out if my car was towed?
To find out whether your vehicle was towed or not, head to the city’s designated webpage for such things or make a phone call to 3-1-1.
If I see my vehicle getting towed, can I stop them from towing it?
No. Even if you run up to your vehicle as it’s being towed, the driver won’t be able to give it back to you or stop what he’s doing. Once the vehicle is raised from its location, it must go to the pound.