What to do when your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere?
Although you might think a breakdown will not happen to you, it is best to be prepared for it in order to keep yourself and others safe. There are numerous reasons why a car could malfunction and leave you abandoned in an unfamiliar location.
However, the situation can be managed if you are well prepared. Here is a guide on what to do when your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere.
- GET YOUR CAR OFF THE ROAD
The most important thing is to safely get your car off the road. If you are on a busy street or highway, do not get out of the car. Wait for help and don’t risk your safety.
- MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE
Put on your emergency blinkers or hazard lights to alert other drivers. This will signal the drivers that you are stopping or there is a problem with your vehicle. You can also open the hood of your car and place reflective triangles around it.
- STAY AWAY FROM TRAFFIC
Even if you pull off your car it is advisable to stay away from traffic especially if you are on a busy road or highway, don’t get out of the car, and if it is important always exit on the side that is facing away from traffic.
- ASSESS THE DAMAGE
If it is safe to get out of your car, determine the cause of the damage or if it’s a minor issue. Even if you have little knowledge about cars, you can check the basic things like a flat tyre or smoke emitting from a certain area. This information will be helpful while informing a towing company.
- FIGURE OUT YOUR LOCATION
Before you call anyone for help, it is important to know exactly where you are. Use the GPS feature on your phone or in-car device to figure out your location.
- CALL FOR HELP
Call for road assistance or find a nearby towing company and call them so that they can help you get to safety. And while waiting for help, stay safe and don’t expose yourself to threats.
Car troubles can happen to anyone. Don’t panic so that you can properly assess the situation and follow the above-given steps for your safety.