I have to admit one of my fears when I hit the road is breaking down, especially if I am going somewhere unfamiliar. I am thankful we have cell phones now and can call from just about anywhere but what do you do while waiting for help to arrive?
First off you shouldn’t stop unless it is a real emergency. If it is possible to keep going and find a safe place to pull over you should. It is not only safer but can make it easier to get help. But sometimes you have a sincere emergency and need to stop. Here are some tips on how to stop safely and keep you, your passengers, and other vehicles on the road safe.
1. Stop as far onto the right side of the road as you can and keep your wheels turned away from the road.
2. Turn on your hazard lights.
3. If you must exit the vehicle get out on the side away from the road. Make sure your passengers do the same. This will keep you from being hit.
4. If you are traveling with animals keep them in the car. They sense your panic and if they get out they may run away. If they must use the potty, etc, make sure they are leashed when they exit the vehicle.
5. If you have reflective jackets, wear them. This will insure that other drivers see you, especially at night.
6. If you are on a regular road put out your hazard triangle. If you are on a highway, don’t. It is too dangerous to be around the back of your car.
The most important thing is to call for help and stay safe. Do not exit the vehicle unless you absolutely have to. Call for roadside assistance as soon as possible and wait for it to arrive. Getting out and traveling on foot can be even more dangerous than staying in the vehicle.
Don’t panic. Just stay safe and wait for help to arrive.