When breaking down on the side of the road, it is already a stressful experience, especially when you are in a hurry, or just need the comforts of your own home after a hard day, but add breaking down in the night when the visibility is low and the hazards increase the danger; not only is it more stressful, it can give anyone anxiety. Before calling Citywide Towing to come to your aid, we would like to offer some advice on the precautions you can take to increase your own safety while you wait for a tow or roadside assistance.
Who to Call & What to Do When Stranded on the Side of the Road
Light it up: More often than not, the vehicle will offer some warning signs before it becomes incapacitated, even if it be very brief. While you are slowing and pulling over, be sure to flip on your hazard lights. This will help minimize the risk of rear-end collisions as you are losing speed and pulling over. Once you have pulled over, leave your headlights set to “dim” so you are not blinding oncoming traffic, but you remain visible as well as your hazard lights.
Get off the road: Whenever possible, it is important to pull over as far off the road as possible. Particularly in the dark, the far end of the shoulder to keep out of the way of traffic is the safest place.
Call for help: In the occasion that calls for emergency assistance, be sure to notify local police stations as well as medical assistance.
Exiting: Particularly at night, but even a safe practice to be in during the day, it is best to exit the vehicle through the passenger side when visibility is low; decreasing your risk of danger. Even on a seemingly clear road, leaving the vehicle from the driver’s side can be a fatal mistake. Tripping as you exit the vehicle into oncoming traffic is on possibility, or another vehicle swerving towards you can occur. If you must get out f your vehicle, it is highly recommended that you do leave it be way of passenger’s side and stay clear of the road. If you safer in the vehicle keep your safety belt fastened until help arrives.
Flares or Reflectors: If you do not have an emergency kit in your vehicle, we suggest you get one. Inside should be roadside flares or reflector triangles you can setup about 30 feet around your vehicle to make it more visible in the darkness. Not only will you be more visible to other drivers, but emergency responders and/or the tow truck company will be able to find you with ease in the night.
Call for Towing: Once you are at the safest you can be, call your towing company. A reliable towing company will be available after hours for emergencies and can help you with expert towing services, hauling, repairs, recovery, and other roadside assistance services.