When your car breaks down on a highway, not only is it frustrating and inconvenient but dangerous as well. You can minimize the stress by being prepared for an emergency and knowing how to get through the breakdown and keep yourself safe.
Prepare Before a Vehicle Breakdown
Preventive maintenance is essential to avoid a major vehicle breakdown. Keep the following things in mind to avoid major breakdowns:
- Keep your car up-to-date with regular and preventative maintenance.
- Make sure to get your car inspected with an auto technician for any leaks, blown tires, or steering problems and ensure your vehicle is ready for long trips.
- Pack an emergency kit that includes water and paper towels, first aid kit, extra batteries, work gloves and change of clothes, additional windshield washer fluid, jumper cables, flashlight, basic repair tools, and more.
What to Do During a Car Breakdown
While it can be scary, just breathe out and keep yourself calm. The following tips will help you during a vehicle breakdown:
Brake with Caution
If your vehicle is functional, take it off the road. Take your foot off the gas and decelerate slowly. Make sure not to crank the steering wheel or slam on the brakes.
Exit the Highway
If possible, take your car off the highway and look for a parking lot. You should determine the best alternative if your car can’t be moved.
Do not park your car on the left side of the road, as it can expose you to the fast-moving traffic. Try to pull your car onto the breakdown lane on the right side. Avoid pulling off your car along sharp curves or on flyovers.
Stay visible to let other drivers know that you are in trouble. Switch on your interior dome lights and hazard lights, especially if it is rainy or dark. This will give other drivers some time to slow down their vehicles and help you to pull your car or change your tire.
Affix a white flag or brightly colored objects onto your window or antenna. This will help police and emergency personnel know that your car needs help.
Assess the Situation
Evaluate the degree of damage that has been done to your car and determine whether you can repair them on your own or not. If not, you must seek for assistance.
Call for Assistance
If you cannot fix the repairs on your own, contact experienced automotive professionals. They are equipped with towing service, so they can tow your car to a safe location or their auto repair shop if the problems can’t be fixed on the road.
Stay inside your car and wait patiently after you call for assistance. Do not walk on interstate roads, as it is illegal and dangerous too.
Contact us to schedule preventative maintenance and avoid minor problems turning into a major disaster.