I remember the one and only time my car broke down. I was on my own and about five miles away from home. So many cars just rode on by me, and not a single one stopped to help. It must have been about an hour or so into my panicking that a gentleman and his daughter stopped to help me. However, if I knew then what I know now, that hour would have been spent more efficiently. That’s why I want to share with you these Six Steps to Help You Cope Should Your Car Break Down and you’re all alone.
Turn on your hazard lights.
This warns other drivers that something’s wrong. Having your hazard lights on also allows for emergency help to quickly spot you. Keep your hazards on until the car’s safely towed or attended to by Roadside Assistance.
Aim for the right shoulder of the road. If you are on a road that doesn’t have a safe place to pull into, put on your turn signal and try to get into the right-hand lane. Pulling into the left-hand shoulder is the last resort.
Call for help
After you have successfully pulled over, call for help. If you have a roadside assistance provider, give them a call. If you don’t, call for a tow truck or call 9-1-1 if you need further assistance.
Put the emergency brake on
This prevents your car from rolling if you’re stuck on any kind of hill. Make sure to turn your wheel away from the road and towards a curb or wall.
Check before getting out of the car
Make absolutely sure the coast is clear before attempting to get out of your car. However, if you feel you’d be safer in the car, go with your instincts and stay inside with your seat belt on. If your engine’s smoking or you see flames, get out as fast as you can.
Wait for help
Don’t try to fix your car by yourself; wait for your tow truck and hang in there. You will be towed to your nearest dealership. Thankfully a dealership like Suburban of Troy can help you get back on the road.