Your Car Breaks Down, Now What?

Car Breakdown Advice

The shoulders on most highways this time of year are limited due to the immense amount of construction work going on in the area.  Even if you are lucky enough to find some free shoulder space use extreme caution!  The side of the road can be a very dangerous place. With tons of metal, plastic, and people hurling past you at incredible speeds its important to remain calm and focused when your car breaks down.  No matter how well you maintain your vehicle the possibility exists that you may find yourself on the side of the road, which is why we think it is important that you know what you should do next.

Step 1

Once you are beginning to experience car trouble try to pull over on the right shoulder it is traditionally safer.  But, let us say that the priority is getting out of an active lane of traffic as soon as possible.  

Step 2

Turn on your hazard lights as soon as you pull over onto the side of the road.  This signals to other drivers around you that something is not right.  If they are paying attention then they will hopefully leave you more space for you to get to safety.  

Step 3

Assess the situation.  Is it a simple matter that you can easily fix? While you investigate try to keep as many people in the vehicle as possible unless there is smoke, fire, or the vehicle is still protruding into traffic.

Step 4

After your initial assessment if you know you can’t fix the issue or get your vehicle to a nearby service station, go ahead and call for help.  Most people will always have their cell phone with them so, it shouldn’t be difficult to reach roadside assistance, a towing service, or a police officer who will come out and keep you safe until the tow truck arrives.  To ensure that you can always use your cell phone we recommend keeping a cell phone car charger in your vehicle so, that if you ever notice that your battery life is getting low you can plug it in.  This way you will always be prepared for times like this.  

About 600 people die annually as pedestrians on America’s interstate system according to AAA’s statistics so, if at all possible avoid leaving your vehicle to walk to find help.  Be safe!

Let us know if you have any questions.  Either in the comments section below or give us a call at (301) 419-2700.

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