There are few things quite as stressful as being stranded on the side of a busy road with car troubles. With more and more people traveling this summer, there are bound to be some cars that end up breaking down on the side of the road. It is important you know what to do to keep yourself and the rest of the passengers in your vehicle safe when this happens. Citywide Towing Service is here to share our best roadside safety tips in an effort to keep you safe if you should experience car trouble this summer.
Roadside Emergency Safety Tips
One of the most dangerous places you can find yourself is on the side of the road with a broken down vehicle. Here are some things you should do to keep yourself safe.
– When Car Breaks Down, Pull Over Safely: As soon as you can smell disaster in your vehicle, work quickly to get off the road. If you have a light that all of a sudden comes on in your vehicle, don’t wait, act right then.
– Pull Far on the Shoulder or Past It if Possible: When your car breaks down, don’t just get to the side of the road, you need to get off the road as far as possible to ensure you are kept safe. There will be cars whizzing past you, and you don’t want to end up getting hurt because you aren’t far enough off the road.
– Use Hazard Warning Lights: Make sure drivers around you know that your car isn’t working properly. Turn your hazard lights on right away. If you have cones you can put out, it’s a good idea to make yourself as visible to other drivers as possible. This will help keep you safe.
– Call for Roadside Assistance Help: You want to get the ball rolling as soon as possible to get you off the road when you experience car trouble. Call for roadside assistance as soon as you can.
– Stay in the Car if Vehicle Broke Down: Many drivers make the mistake of getting out of the car to assess the damage. This is a mistake that can lead to injury or even death. Other drivers may not see you and you could end up getting hit and killed when out of your vehicle. It is always safest inside your car.
– Keep Seatbelts On While Waiting for Roadside Assistance: While you may not be moving, the cars around you are. It’s wise to keep your seatbelts on and the doors locked until help arrives. This will keep you as safe as possible if you were to get hit by another car on the road.
– Be Careful of Strangers Willing to Help: While it may be nice to have other drivers stop to offer you help, it may not be safe. Unless you know the person, just let them know you have professionals on the way and turn down their help.