Having your vehicle breakdown in one way or another is never convenient. It will often add unavoidable stress and anxiety; because chances are you are already late to an important appointment. When you are stuck roadside, it can be a frustrating thing to reach a family member or friend, and some cases they are not even an option. Have a reliable roadside assistance company programmed in your cell phone for such emergencies; you can have quick and convenient access to get rescued. Most companies will respond as quickly as possible, but depending on your location, you may have to wait for a bit. With that in mind, we at Highway 30 Garage would like to share some tips and advice as to what you could do to keep you and your care safe while you wait for assistance.
Get Your Vehicle Safely Out of the Way of Traffic if Possible
Only if it is safe to do so, and you are capable, get your vehicle out of the way of traffic. People not paying attention can collide with a disabled vehicle if it is left in traffic. When pushing it out of the way, avoid curves whenever possible. Instead use the straightest, most forward way to get your car to safety. In some situations, you may be able to get your vehicle to coast to an optimal safe area. The primary goal is to get your vehicle as far from the traffic as you can. If you are unlucky enough to experience a disabled vehicle during rush hour traffic and getting your automobile out of the way is next to impossible, flip your hazard lights on and request law enforcement assistance to get your vehicle out of the flow of traffic.
How to Make Your Vehicle Noticeable
After your car is out of the way and is safe, you want to make it visible to avoid accidental collisions and make it noticeable for the professional roadside assistance experts. Make sure your hazard lights are flipped on during the day and night. After dark, turn on the interior lights for extra visibility and to help other motorists not mistake your broken down vehicle as operational.
Open the Hood of Your Car
Once your vehicle is at a safe point, get out of the car. If you happen to have flares or hazard triangles, place them accordingly to increase visibility. Additionally, by raising your hood up, other drivers will clearly see your car is disabled and roadside assistance professionals can spot you easier.
Call for Emergency Roadside Assistance
Following the action of getting your car situated, call for roadside assistance. These helpful professionals can get your vehicle running with simplistic needs, or can tow you to your preferred destination; your trusted mechanic or home. As we mentioned before, you can also call for law enforcement if your vehicle is stuck in traffic where safety is major concerned to get your vehicle out of the way until roadside assistance arrives. Considering the grand majority of people own a mobile phone service, you can easily make the necessary calls. However, if you find your battery is dead, there are no service bars, or one of the few who don’t own a cell phone, there are emergency phone boxes available where you can call for assistance.
Stay a Close Distance to Your Car
When you have done all you can do and you are simply waiting for help to come, it is important you stay in or near your car, whichever is safest. If the circumstances are favorable and safety barriers are available, stay behind the barrier. If traffic is high it is best stay in your car with the seat belt fastened.