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What to Do in a Breakdown: Advice on what steps to take if a vehicle breaks down on the road


Posted on Friday, July 28, 2023
By: david graber
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Breaking down on the road can be a stressful and potentially dangerous situation. Here are some steps to take if you find yourself in this predicament:

  1. Pull Over Safely: If your vehicle starts showing signs of trouble (like if the engine light is flashing or if there's a sudden change in its behavior), try to pull over to the side of the road as quickly and safely as possible. Look for a wide shoulder or a parking lot if you're in a populated area. If you're on a freeway and can reach an exit, that might be a safer place to stop.
  2. Alert Other Drivers: Immediately put on your hazard lights to signal other drivers that your vehicle is having trouble. If it's safe to do so and you have them in your vehicle, place flares or warning triangles behind your car to increase visibility, especially at night or in poor weather conditions.
  3. Assess the Situation: Once you're safely pulled over, try to determine the problem. Check your gauges and warning lights. Do you have enough gas? Is your vehicle overheating? Are there any unusual noises or smells?
  4. Call for Help: If you can't easily fix the issue yourself, it's time to call for professional help. This could mean contacting
    roadside assistance, a tow service, or a trusted mechanic. Provide them with as much information as you can, such as your location and the symptoms your vehicle is showing.
  5. Stay with Your Vehicle: If you're in a location where you feel safe, it's usually best to stay with your vehicle while you wait for help to arrive. However, ensure you are a safe distance from the roadway and any oncoming traffic. In some dangerous situations, it might be better to leave your vehicle and move to a safer location.
  6. Contact Family or Friends: Let someone know what's happening, where you are, and that you're okay. They may be able to provide additional help, like giving you a ride once your vehicle has been cared for / transported properly.      
  7. Take Preventive Measures: After the immediate situation is handled, consider what might be done to prevent future breakdowns. Regular vehicle maintenance and inspections can often catch problems before they leave you stranded on the road.

Remember, safety should always be your top priority when your vehicle breaks down. It can be a nerve-wracking experience, but try to remain calm and make decisions that prioritize your wellbeing.

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