In the United States, almost 90 percent of the driving age population holds a driver’s license. With so many cars driving around, you would think that knowing what to do when your car breaks down would be common knowledge. That is not always the case. However, there are a few easy rules you can follow to make an already inconvenient situation a little less stressful.
When you begin to notice car troubles, it is important to react quickly. Usually, cars don’t just come to an immediate stop, which means you may have time to move your car out of the road. If you can, try to move to the median or onto the roadside, far enough that you are not blocking any of the lanes. As soon as you get into a stopped position, be sure to turn on your hazard lights. This can provide a warning to everyone surrounding you, and keep you and others safe. Do not step out of your car into traffic. It is especially dangerous to break down on the highway, and because it is not always avoidable, it is incredibly important to watch for traffic when exiting a roadside vehicle.
I recently had a major roadside accident because I had stopped on the side of the highway. I noticed a bedbug crawling on my leg and it had freaked me out to no end and I nearly swerved towards the right side of the freeway to park on the side. I called a company for the city I was in for pest control Pleasanton to see if I could take care of this problem. I wasn’t sure if I had bed bugs at home, but since they were home, I wasn’t sure how to handle it. Just a few moments later, a car slammed into my back. Luckily I had a seatbelt on or I could have been terribly hurt. Always exit the freeway and never stop on the side of it, you might not have a chance to learn a lesson.
Try To Determine The Issue
Once you are safely pulled out of traffic’s way and have engaged your emergency lights, you need to try to determine the issue your car is having. In some newer model cars, the dashboard may have indicator lights to help you determine the type of problem you may be having.
If you notice a light that is not normal lit, you may want to reference your manual (which you should keep in your glove compartment) to determine the problem. If there are no lights or indicators, and you can safely step out of the vehicle, check the tires on the vehicle. If you have determined that the issue is with a tire, and you have a spare, you can change your tire as long as you are a safe distance from any traffic. This is very important, in case your car breaks down.
You May Need Professional Help
Unless your issue is something very simple, you may not be able to fix it yourself. If you have a roadside service subscription, now would be the time to call them. If not, there are several options. You can call the local highway help line. They will be able to give you safety information and necessary contact numbers. In some areas, you may be able to speak with an operator to explain your need.
You can also call a local towing company. This can be expensive, but it is a good option to have your broken vehicle moved from the road. You will need to indicate which location you would like to have your car moved to. You may want to consider a repair shop. You will also need to call a friend or family member to pick you up either from the repair show or from the towing company. If none of these options are available, you can also call the local emergency number. The police department will be able to give you necessary contact numbers or offer help if assistance is not otherwise available.