When most people think of a breakdown they think about not making it to their destination on time, the cost of getting their car repaired, and the general annoyance of having to deal with this problem. However, what about the safety aspect? If your car breaks down in the middle of a busy highway, how are you going to deal with the situation in order to stay safe and ensure other drivers are safe too? In this blog, we’re going to talk about this so that if a breakdown occurs, you won’t have any doubts about what to do. In the meantime, if you need auto repairs, powersports parts, or just want to learn more about our services, give B & B Towing and Recovery a call today!
The first rule in any emergency situation is to avoid panicking. When you start to panic, you may make irrational decisions that could make the situation even worse. For example, if you know your car is no longer working, you may make an unsafe lane change or take your eyes off the road in order to check the dashboard for an emergency light. Keep calm and check both sides of the road for an area to pull off.
Pull Off The Road
Pulling off the road can be tricky if your car is no longer working. Start by looking to both sides of the road to find the ideal area to pull off. If the best place to pull off is on the other side of the road, make sure to put your turn signal on. Ideally, you’ll want to turn on your emergency lights before you start slowing down. This will let people behind you know there’s an issue and they’ll be able to go around you. Make sure that if it’s icy out you don’t slam on your brakes, gradually slow down and move off the road when you’re able to. If the shoulder drops off, don’t go too far off.
If you need to exit your vehicle, make sure you look for a good opportunity. If you don’t feel comfortable exiting on the driver’s side, you can go out the passenger’s side or the sunroof if there isn’t much room. Otherwise, stay inside the car and keep your emergency lights on.
Make Yourself More Visible
If it’s night time or visibility is low for any other reason, it may be advisable to make yourself even more visible by placing reflectors near your vehicle. If not, stay as far away from the road as possible.
When you find yourself in a situation like this, don’t settle for calling an inexperienced towing company. B & B Towing and Recovery offers heavy-duty towing and recovery, roadside assistance like tire changes, long-distance towing, as well as an auto repair shop. We’ll get you back on the road as soon as possible and without the hassle or costs of calling other towing companies. Give us a call today.