When you’re dealing with a roadside emergency, being prepared and staying calm can make the situation a whole lot better. From flat tires to overheating, to funny smells in your car, handling a roadside emergency can make you or break you. Don’t let it break you. Instead, try following these tips on how to handle a roadside emergency.
The most important step in handling an emergency while on the road is to get off the road. If something happens to your car while you are driving, move to the shoulder or take the first exit you see. Only do this if you can manage it safely without causing further damage to your car or others. If you can, look for a well-lit area at night to ensure your safety and so you can inspect any damage to your vehicle.
As soon as you know something is wrong, let other drivers around you know there’s an issue by using your hazard lights. This will send a clear signal to other drivers that you need to get off the road or you may be driving slower than the posted speed limit.
If you are unable to pull your car to the side of the road or make a safe exit, never exit your vehicle. You could risk being hit by another vehicle and then your roadside emergency could turn deadly. If it is safe to exit the vehicle, always leave your vehicle on the opposite side of traffic. This may mean you have to crawl over to the passenger side. If you open the car door on the traffic side the door, or you, could be hit by a car passing by. Once you are out of your vehicle safely, assess the damage or emergency and then wait inside your car for a tow truck or mechanic to help you.
Roadside emergencies are often unexpected and sometimes unavoidable. To be prepared, you should always have an emergency preparedness kit in your car. Road flares, flashlight, and jumper cables are some of the items you should always have with you. Check out this informative list of items for your kit on our blog.
These helpful tips can be a real lifesaver when you’re dealing with an emergency. If you find yourself broken down, we’d be happy to fix your vehicle and get you back on the road. You can even have your vehicle towed to our shop in Dripping Springs. Our number one priority is keeping you safe and getting you back on the road.