Not sure of what to do when your car breaks down out of town? Well, aside from calling a towing service or auto repair, the guideline below is just what you need to prepare you for such a scenario.
- Get off the road
When your car breaks down, you ought to safely and quickly get off the highway. Make sure you use your indicators when doing so and make sure you get far away from the moving traffic. If it is not possible for you to get off the road, switch on your vehicle’s hazard lights (and your low beams if it is at night) to alert other motorists of your car’s presence. To reduce the chances of being struck from behind, position the emergency triangle sign about 40 paces behind your vehicle.
- Stay out of the vehicle
If there is a safer place for you to stand on the shoulder of the highway, then you should stand there. If not, you should stay in your vehicle as it is safer there.
- Evaluate your location and your vehicle’s problem
It is important to find out your approximate location and to try and guess the problem with your car. Finding out the approximate location of your vehicle and guessing the problem with your car will give you ready answers to some of the questions you will be asked when you call for roadside assistance.
- Call for roadside assistance
Now that you know your location and you have guessed what could be the problem with your vehicle, it is time to call for roadside assistance. Tell them everything you’ve gathered so far and describe your situation.
- Call 911 to alert the authorities
This is pretty self-explanatory. You need to call the authorities to alert them of your situation.
- Stay safe
As you wait for assistance either inside or outside your vehicle, there are several things you can do to stay safe. If you are inside the vehicle, stay safe by keeping all your doors and windows locked, switching off the engine to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, and honk repeatedly if threatened by a stranger. If you are outside the vehicle, you should stay away from traffic and you should be fully aware of your surroundings.
Contact us today if you need any sort of speedy and professional roadside assistance.