Roadside Assistance: How to Safely Handle a Car Breakdown

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When properly maintained, the odds of your car failing to start or stopping suddenly on the highway are relatively low. However, there is always a chance that an emergency situation could occur while on the road. Therefore, it is important that you know how to handle it in a calm and safe manner.

Draw Attention to Your Situation

Ideally, you will be able to get your vehicle to the side of the road. After pulling over, you should put up flares or take other actions to alert others to your distress. If you can’t get your vehicle to the side of the road, make sure that your emergency flashers are on. This will tell other drivers to pay attention because your car is disabled.

Call for Help

The first thing that you should do after your car has come to a stop is to call for help. This could mean placing a call to a local towing service, to your parents or to anyone else who can provide assistance. If there are others on the road when the breakdown occurs, they may be able to stop and help.

What If No One Is Around?

It is possible that you find yourself stranded in a rural area or in an area that doesn’t see a lot of traffic at night. In such a scenario, you should put a flag on your vehicle to indicate that it has broken down in case someone drives by while you are sleeping or away from the vehicle. Hopefully, you will have packed an emergency kit that has a blanket, food and water. If not, it may be necessary to walk to a gas station or another location to make a phone call.

You Don’t Have to Stay with the Car

If you suspect that gas or other fluids are leaking, you should get as far away from the car as possible. The same is true if you smell gas or anything else that doesn’t seem right. Depending on the weather conditions, it may be a good idea to seek shelter in a wooded area or anywhere else where you will be safe until help arrives.

There are few feelings worse than your car not working properly. However, panicking is not going to make the situation better. By staying calm and only worrying about events as they unfold, you are more likely to get through the situation with your health and sanity intact.

Carsurfer Admin

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