There’s probably nothing more stressful than a car that simply stops working. Obviously, staying safe when your vehicle breaks down is essential. Whether youâ€™re driving a brand new car or an old clunker, these are some tips to make sure youâ€™re prepared.
- Turn on your hazard lights. The momentÂ you feel something isnâ€™t right with your vehicle turn on your hazards. Even if youâ€™re still driving and trying to pull your car over to a safe spot on the road, this is important. It will warn drivers that something is not right and that they should give you some space.
- Get to a safe spot. Stay calm and get off the road. Pull to the shoulderÂ or see if you can make it off on the next exit.Â Remember to pull ALL the way off the road so you can get out of your door safely.
- Make sure you’re visible. Your hazard signal should be kept flashing for greater visibility to drivers. (Once you’re pulled over,Â if youâ€™ve got an emergency car kit thosee suggested by the BePrepared.com ,Â take out the orange cones and put them a reasonable distance behind your vehicle. This is really important at night, or if you must change your tire on the drivers’ side.
- Call for assistance. Even if you’ve just blown a tire, sometimes itâ€™s safer to callÂ a professional if you’re in a busy spot or on a packed freeway. Always carry contact information for a towing company and garage in your area.Â Once youâ€™ve called for help, don’t leave your car.
Above all, if something happens try to stay calm.Â Many people who see a vehicle in distress will also call for help as they drive by, particularly in a busy area. Help will come soon.
For more information on what can cause car trouble, read more on CarHelp.com’s list of the top 12 car problems .