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What To Do If Your Car Breaks Down

What To Do If Your Car Breaks DownYou are driving down the road heading to your destination. For the vast majority of the trip, the drive is smooth and your vehicle is operating at optimal conditions. Then out of nowhere, you start to hear a weird noise emanating from your engine. The noise might be accompanied by steam and smoke coming out of your engine. What do you do? What are the steps that you should take in order to remain safe when your vehicle breaks down on the road?

The first thing that you have to remember is to stay calm. The situation can be a little bit stressful especially if at the time your vehicle breaks down you are driving at higher speeds. Your first priority should be to pull your vehicle over to the side. You want to get on the right hand shoulder as soon as possible. If possible contacts a mobile car repair service.

Something that you have to keep in mind is the visibility of your vehicle when compared to the road. By this we mean that if your vehicle breaks down right after a curve in the road, you might be in a dangerous situation. A person coming around the curve might not see your vehicle until it is too late. This means that if possible try to coast in your vehicle along the shoulder of the road until you get to a place where there is no curve behind you, and where vehicles can see your vehicle from a long distance.

If you’re in a situation where your vehicle dies in the middle of the road, and you are on the highway, do not get out of your vehicle. It can be extremely stressful having traffic backup behind you, honking their horns, and drivers screaming at you because you are blocking the highway. However, getting out of your vehicle on foot in the middle of highway traffic is tantamount to suicide. It is better to have a few people upset with you than to be run over by a car.

If the situation happens at night time, remember to put your lights on. This includes not only the flashers in the back of your car, this also includes the interior light inside of your vehicle. This will make it so that vehicles can see you and your car from a long way off.

If your engine is still operable, keep your engine on so that the light for your vehicle is not running solely off of your batteries.

If you’re on a road that has a lot of traffic, it is likely that sooner or later a patrol vehicle will pass by. This patrol vehicle can provide you with any assistance that you might need. Additionally, you can use your cell phone to contact friends for roadside assistance so that they can come and fix your vehicle.


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