A Few Things To Remember When Your Car Breaks Down

June 28, 2017 · Posted in General Articles on Car Insurance 
by Amy Nutt

We all hope our car is reliable when we are traveling, but unfortunately problems can occur which can cause a break down. If you end up getting stranded on a road, it is important to know what to do to ensure you are safe and can resolve the problem quickly.

1. In the event of a break down, don’t panic as that will make the situation more stressful. Sometimes a car just needs to sit for a few moments before it can start back up.

2. If your car breaks down, and you pull off to the side of the road, turn your hazard lights on to let the other drivers know you are no longer driving. When getting out of the car, make sure you exit on the side opposite of the road to avoid getting hit.

3. All drivers should have basic skills for minor car repair such as changing a flat tire, gas can, checking oil, radiator and other important fluid levels.

4. Always keep a cell phone with you when you are driving. This will allow you to call your auto club, a tow truck, and family or friends, to come and provide assistance.

5. Your car should contain an emergency kit that includes all of the essential fluids, flash light, reflective “Call Police” signs to post in your window, flares, and triangles.

6. If your turn the ignition and the engine won’t turn over and the radio is not working, your battery may be dead. Pop the hood and check the battery to see if the connection points are dirty or corroded. They may just have to be cleaned. If the battery is still not charged, phone road side assistance, or someone that you know who can come and boost the battery. Sometimes a driver will stop and help you. If they want to take you somewhere, don’t go as you don’t know what kind of person you will be driving with. If you are afraid, stay in the car and lock the doors. You can always call 911 and tell them that you are alone and stuck on the side of the road.

7. If you are stuck in the dark, use your flares or triangles to attract attention.

8. If you are alone and there has not been any traffic on the road and you do not have a cell phone, go for help. Stay off of the road and walk facing oncoming traffic. Be aware of your surroundings be cautious. If someone offers you a drive, do not get into the vehicle with them. Ask them to call for assistance.

When your car breaks down, it is important to think clearly and use common sense. It is not worth putting your life in danger to get help. Knowing what to do when your car breaks down will make a normally unpleasant experience much more bearable. It will also most likely speed up the amount of time before you get help, or are back on the road driving again.

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