It is never a fun experience having your car break down. It has happened to just about everyone at one time or another. No one wants to be in that situation, but you can take steps to help you get through it, especially if you are not an auto club member. If you have a membership you can call AAA roadside assistance for a tow truck.
Here’s what you should do when your car breaks down:
- Don’t panic. In the event of a breakdown, it will make the situation more stressful. Sometimes a car needs to sit for a few moments before it can start back up.
- If you experience a car break down, you should pull over to the side of the road. Ensure your hazard’s lights are on to let the other drivers know you are no longer driving. When getting out of the car, make sure you exit on the side opposite the road to avoid getting hit.
- All drivers should have the necessary skills for minor car repair, such as changing a flat tire, checking oil, gas can, radiator, and other essential fluid levels.
- Always keep a cell phone with you when you are driving. It will allow you to call your auto club, a tow truck, and family or friends to come and provide assistance.
- Your car should contain an emergency kit that includes all essential fluids, flashlight, reflective “Call Police” signs to post in your window, flares, and triangles.
- If you turn the ignition and the engine won’t turn over, and the radio is not working, your battery may be dead. Pop the hood and check the battery to see if the connection points are dirty or corroded. It would help if you cleaned them. If your battery is still not charged, call for a towing service or someone you know who can boost the battery.
- If you are alone and there has not been any traffic on the road, and you do not have a cell phone, go for help. Stay off the road and walk facing oncoming traffic. Be aware of your surroundings; be cautious. If someone offers you a drive, do not get into the vehicle with them. Ask them to call for assistance.
When you experience a car breaking down, it is crucial to think clearly and use common sense. You can usually make an unpleasant experience more bearable if you know what to do when your car breaks down. You will also be likely to speed up the amount of time before you get help or are back on the road driving again.
Most importantly, don’t panic. If you find yourself in an unfamiliar area and do not know who to call, contact your towing company. These are very stressful situations, and there is no need to try to handle them alone under these conditions. Keep the priorities straight. Ensure you are safe together with your passengers first, followed by the protection of your car. The car is replaceable, unlike human life.