Winter is coming. Now is the perfect time to start being prepared. Share with your new drivers.
At no point does anyone want their car to break down. I mean, I worry about things happening to me all the time. Thankfully, my husband and I talk about this all the time so I am prepared just in case something happens. So here I am sharing these tips with you.
Turn on your hazard lights.
This warns other drivers that something’s wrong. Keep your hazards on until the car’s safely towed. You can be easily spotted with them flashing.
Pull the car over
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.
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 as well. That way, if the car starts to roll, it rolls away from the road.
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.
Call for help
If you have a roadside assistance provider, give them a call. Your tow will be paid for and that is another worry off your back. If you don’t, call for a tow truck or call 9-1-1 if you need further assistance.
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 Westborn Chrysler can help you get back on the road.