Category: Road Safety

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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