You see it almost daily: someone’s car breaks down on the side of the road.
“Thank goodness my car’s okay.”
“I wouldn’t want to be that person.”
Until one unlucky day, that person is you … Now what? What do you do when your car breaks down on the side of the road? Let’s find out!
1. Get Off the Road if Your Car Breaks Down
The first thing you want to do is get your car off the main road. Ideally, you’ll be able to get onto the shoulder before your car’s totally broken down. Remember to maneuver off the road safely, using turn signals and hazard lights.
If you CANNOT pull off the road completely, make certain your hazard lights are flashing. This alerts other cars of your situation. Don’t even try to get out and push the car if it’s a busy road. You do not want to jeopardize your life anymore. However, if you are lucky and have a full car, you can safely push the car off the road if possible. If not, and you fear being struck by traffic from behind, then safely exit the vehicle and get off the road.
2. Assess Your Vehicle’s Problem(s)
You may already know what caused your car to break down. Perhaps you’ve been pushing off repairs that have finally caught up to you. Maybe there’s a visible problem with the car that forced you to pull off right when you noticed it. Did you hear any strange noises before the breakdown? Is there smoke coming from under the hood? These are important details to remember for later.
3. Alert Other Cars of Your Position
You should already have your hazards lights flashing at this point. However, there are other things you can do to alert other cars of your problem. One thing to do is to just put your hood up. This shows motorists you are clearly a stranded driver having engine troubles, not just stopping momentarily. Additionally, if you have any colorful clothing items in your car, you may want to tie them to the outside of the car like the door handle closest to oncoming traffic. Really anything you can think of that helps others notice you will increase your safety.
4. Call Emergency Services
If you seriously fear for your safety, call 9-1-1 straight away. They can send a sheriff or squad car to come to assist you. Furthermore, if you’re stranded in a frightening location (bad neighborhood at night, etc.) then you should also call the police. If it’s less serious, local authorities should have a non-emergency number that you can find. Another option is to call a trusted towing company.
5. Be Safe, Be Smart When Your Car Breaks Down
The last tip is to just use your common sense. The most important thing to do when your car breaks down on the side of the road is to take care of yourself and your family first. Make sure everyone is okay. Then, you can start going through the steps like calling emergency services and getting a tow-truck’s help.
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Morgan’s Collision Center offers 24/7 emergency towing services. Day or night, rain or shine, we are happy to help you when your car breaks down on the side of the road. We want you to get home safely as soon as possible. You can trust us to get the job done right!