Category: Road Safety

Dummies Guide For What To Do If Your Car Breaks Down

this is an image of car stuck on the roadside assess the issues

There is always a fear when you drive a car. Will you break down today? Some people prepare for that; they learn how to do patchwork fixes so that if that does happen, they can make it to an auto shop. Others don’t bother learning and spend the money on roadside assistance, and still, others have no idea. Now if you are going to drive a car, you should be amongst the first two groups of people. Even still your best bet is to be amongst the first. To be a part of that elite group read on and learn a little of what you can do.

Assess The Damage

The first step to take when you break down is to pull over and figure out what happened or get a basic idea of the reason you broke down. To do this before you pull over, check your dashboard and take note of any lights that came on or went off. For instance the check engine light, or the low fuel gauge. That being said the next step is to turn the car off and get out to look at the outside of the car. The problem could be as simple as a flat tire. Look for visible damage such as a flat tire, leaks, and smoking.

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How to Prepare in Case Your Car is Ever Stuck On the Side of the Road

It is important to upkeep the maintenance on your vehicle. However, sometimes even the best vehicle owners experience car troubles. There may eventually be a case where you find yourself getting stuck on the side of the road with your dash lights blinking or a flat tire. There are a few precautions you can take in order to make this stressful experience a little easier to handle.

Consider Roadside Assistance

You may want to consider signing up for a roadside assistance subscription. These can be incredibly helpful. Generally, these companies will handle the situation for you. This can include calling a towing company, contacting your insurance, contacting a mechanic, and finding you a ride to a local destination or booking you a cab to get you home. Sometimes, these companies also offer other helpful assistance, such as guiding you through navigation issues or finding the closest gas station in the event that your fuel is low. Most of these companies charge monthly for your subscription, but some have a yearly fee that will save you money on this convenience.

this is a picture of road side assistance if ever you are stuck on the side of the road

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TIPS: What To Do If You’re Stuck on the Side of the Highway

this is a picture of a car on a road side

The inevitable happens: cars break down. Sometimes, you’ll walk outside in the morning to head to work, and your car won’t crank. Other times, your car decides to malfunction while you’re driving 65 mph down the highway. If this is the case, there are a few tips you can follow to help ensure your safety and help make the situation easier to handle.

1. Pull Over (Way Over)

If you can manage, drive your car to the nearest exit. In many cases, however, the car will not make it that far, so just be sure to move your car as far away from the road as you can safely manage. You should use signal lights if you switch lanes or to communicate your intentions to merge into the emergency lane or onto the median. Turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers that you are having car troubles and are parked.

2. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

If you have moved your car safely away from traffic, be sure to check your mirrors and inspect your surroundings for various safety hazards before stepping out of your vehicle. If the situation looks particularly dangerous, or if a stranger pulls up behind you, remain in your vehicle and lock your doors. If you feel unsafe, you should always call the police.

3. You May Be Able to Determine the Issue

Sometimes, newer model cars will have sensors attached to indicator lights on your dashboard. This could help you understand if the problem is with your battery, engine, fuel levels, or if you have a problem with your tire pressure. You may need to reference your manual to determine what the lights mean. If your car is smoking or inflamed, exit the vehicle calmly and quickly and move as far away from it as you can.

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What To Do if Stuck in Car on the Side of the Road?

this is a picture of one stuck in the car on the side of the road

Car breakdown is one of the worst incidences that travelers do not wish to encounter. Everybody expected to rich their destination as a plan with no challenges, however, to be on the safe side, always prepare for the worst but expect the best. Getting stuck in car on the road side especially at night is among the many fears along the road. However, if your car broke down, there are some steps measure you can take to keep you going within the shortest time possible.

Exit from the Highway

In a case of any malfunction in your car, your car doesn’t come to a standstill immediately. This is due to the momentum gains as the car speeds. Maximize your momentum to put your car on the side on the road, especially on the spots designated for such along the highway, a safer distance from the main road. Make sure you do not stop across an entrance exit, junction or in a road bend. However, if they engine fail and you cannot get your car off the road, don’t   get out of the car since crossing a high-speed freeway is dangerous

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