No one expects their vehicle to break down, but being prepared can help you stay safe when it happens. If you find yourself in a roadside emergency situation, remember to stay calm and follow these tips while you wait for assistance from professionals.
1. Turn on your four-way flashers (i.e., hazard lights).
Completely pull off the roadway, highway or freeway. If you are unable to pull off the road completely, guide your vehicle to the shoulder on the right side of the solid, white line.
2. Remain in your vehicle
If you cannot pull your car completely off the road, remain in your vehicle with your seat belt on. Call your emergency roadside assistance provider. If you feel that you are in danger, let the dispatcher know immediately. Or, if your vehicle is stopped on the travel portion of the roadway, call 911.
3. Know your location.
Always pay attention to the last exit on the freeway, mile markers or signs, and your direction of travel to help inform the assistance crew.
4. Stay with your vehicle.
As long as it is safe to do so.
5. Have an emergency car care kit on hand.
The kit, made up of a sturdy canvas bag or plastic bin, should be carried in your vehicle at all times, and include a first-aid kit, jumper cables, flares or warning triangles, a flashlight and extra batteries, basic tools, blankets, paper towels, drinking water, non-perishable snacks and extra clothes. Have you checked the emergency supplies in your car lately? As the seasons change, it’s a good idea to check the supplies in your emergency kit.