When you experience a breakdown while on the road, there are a number of steps you should take to stay safe and seek proper aid. However, not everyone knows how to properly react when they break down and often make some of the worst mistakes possible. To ensure everyone stays safe on the road and to ensure immediate assistance, Citywide Towing Service would like to share some common mistakes made during an automobile breakdown and what you can do to avoid these common mistakes.
Fail to Make Your Car Visible
When people break down they sometimes forget or don’t know they need to make their vehicle visible to other drivers. This can become a deadly situation. During times of busy traffic, combined with failing sunlight or darkness, other motorists may not see you or your vehicle and realize that you are broken down. All vehicles come with a hazard light feature. With a simple press of a button your lights will blink continuously to warn other drivers. If your vehicle has lost all power completely, then if possible place traffic cones several feet behind your vehicle and tie a scarf or rag on the vehicle’s antenna. You never know what situation you may find yourself in. Therefore, it is recommended you keep an emergency kit with caution cones or flares inside your vehicle at all times. If you have no way to warn other drivers, get out of your vehicle and find a safe place until help arrives.
Unsafe Exiting of Vehicle
Getting out of your vehicle on busy roads is a major mistake, especially on Texas highways. Due to our dense traffic and during low light or darkness it can be hard to see. Motorists that are passing by can hit those who get out of their vehicle. When a vehicle breaks down, your first step is to turn on your hazard lights to provide visible signs of distress and caution. As soon as you break down, call for roadside assistance services and wait inside the vehicle until help arrives. The only time you should ever exit your vehicle is if you are unable to warn drivers with your hazard lights and need to step up caution cones, flares, or etc.
Don’t Leave Your Car to Find Help when Broken Down
When you break down and have called for roadside assistance, do not leave your vehicle to seek additional help. Wait in your vehicle until they arrive. To many people will wander away from their vehicle to call for additional help or even to find a snack. A roadside assistance provider will not be able to do anything unless the driver is present. They have other calls to attend to and will leave if you are not there. Make sure to stay in or close to your vehicle after contacting roadside assistance. Additionally, it is unwise to wander in unfamiliar areas where you can get lost.
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If you break down you are not alone. Seek roadside assistance services with one phone call. Citywide Towing Service operators are on standby 24/7. If you require roadside assistance or towing services, contact Citywide Towing Service today.