Your vehicle breaking down can happen to anyone at any time. If you’ve had this happen, then you know what a frustrating experience it can be. Whether your vehicle is having mechanical issues, you’ve locked the keys inside or it has a flat tire, it’s important to know what to do.
In this situation, it is always safest to call your Roadside Assistance provider for assistance. While you wait, knowing what to do is important, not only can it make the whole situation less stressful, but it can keep you and your passengers safe.
Do’s when your vehicle breaks down:
- In the event your vehicle breaks down, move it away from traffic.
- If you are unable to move your vehicle alert other drivers of your vehicle by putting flares or reflective triangles behind your vehicle (one near your vehicle usually about 10 feet behind it, and the other one farther away) or by turning on your hazard lights.
- Do use the shoulder of the road if your vehicle won’t go any further and you can’t safely drive off the highway.
- Before getting out of the vehicle, make sure it is safe to get out, especially on a busy highway.
- Get passengers safely away from the vehicle when the road is clear if you feel that there is a possibility of your vehicle being hit by other on motorists.
- If it’s not safe to leave your vehicle, remain in it with your seat belt fastened.
- If you are driving alone at night, be careful about accepting help from strangers, and stay inside your vehicle if you can. Make sure your doors are locked and your windows are up.
- Keep an emergency kit inside your vehicle in case your vehicle breaks down. Your kit could include a flashlight, flares, a warm blanket, water bottles and other necessities.
- If someone is hurt, call 911 immediately.
Don’ts when your vehicle breaks down:
- Do not try to flag down other vehicles, i.e., don’t solicit the help of passing motorists.
- Don’t park on the left hand side of the shoulder and switch off your lights, otherwise you risk being hit by traffic.
- Don’t stand behind or next to the vehicle.
- Don’t take your seat belts off, and sit inside the vehicle while you wait for your towing service provider to arrive.
Follow these simple tips listed above to handle your vehicle breaking down calmly and efficiently, and you’ll be back on the road in no time!