Have you ever been driving down the street or highway and looked at your instrument panel only to see your car is overheating? This is a sign that you are going to need to pull off the side of the road. That is only one reason that you may have to pull your car off the main road and call for roadside assistance. You might have a blow out or a damaged tire, or the car could breakdown from a mechanical or electrical failure. There could also be a problem due to an auto collision. A well maintained and running car is a great way to prevent potential roadside emergencies but it cannot eliminate them all the way. When you have a problem and need to pull off the side of the road you should know what to do.
Citywide Towing Explains What You Should Do When You Have To Pull Over For a Roadside Emergency
Where Should You Stop if Your Car Breaks Down?: This is a great question and it really is going to depend on the circumstance. If you are in an accident there may be times that you cannot move to the side of the road and stopping in the middle of the road might be necessary. If this is what you need to do it is best to turn on flashers if you are able. If you are experiencing car troubles and you realize you need to stop, it is best to pull off the side of the road as far as you can. If there is enough space it is better to stay on the paved portion of the road. This will keep you in a safe spot while you wait for roadside assistance.
Stopping on Flat Shoulder of Highway or Road: One of the most common reasons that a car needs to pull off the road especially in the summer months are due to a blowout. This means your tire has damage of some sort and has run flat. When you are looking to stop do NOT slam on the breaks but slowly brake and stop on a portion of the road that is flat. This will be best when you are trying to change out the tire with a jack.
Use Your Hazard Lights AKA Emergency Flashers: Most cars have lights that are made to use when you are in some type of emergency. These are called the hazards. You will find a button in your car that you can click on and the lights will flash. This will alert other drivers that you are stopped or moving slowly and to be cautious. These lights are especially great when you are out at night and on the roadside. Most drivers will slow down and give some space as they pass by.
Can I Get Out & Leave My Car on the Side of the Road: When you are broke down and on the side of the road you might need to get out of the car. If you do, you want to be sure that you are away from the moving traffic in a safe area. You can wait there while you contact a tow truck to come and move the car to a shop or your house.
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If your or a loved one’s car breaks down while driving, contact Citywide Towing. Our helpful dispatchers can send out a tow truck to tow you to a mechanic shop or other destination. We can also provide emergency roadside assistance should you need a jumpstart, flat tire change, auto lockout, fuel delivery or other assistance.