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When your car breaks down it is always a real frustration. You can almost guarantee that it will happen when you are desperate to get somewhere fast or have places to be!
Aside from keeping your car in good condition, there isn’t much you can do to avoid a breakdown. It’s just a fact of life that technology will give up at some point and you just have to know what to do when it does.
Not sure? Read on…
Pull Over if You Can
The first thing to do is pull over to the side of the road if you can. Usually this can work if you are still rolling and you can just come to a stop or if you have a bit of warning like a funny noise or a warning light in indicate that something is wrong. Don’t hit the brakes at any point, just take your foot off the accelerator and then come to a natural halt.
Once you have pulled into a safe position, use your reflectorized triangles to show your position behind the car and, if it is dark, put the interior light on. You should also put your hazard light on. This will show approaching vehicles that you are there but you should still keep an eye out for other drivers.
Call for Help
The next thing to do is to call for help but before you do, you will need to find out where you are. Try looking for your blue dot on Google Maps or see what the nearby road signs suggest. If you are in a fairly built-up area, there might be a street name somewhere that will give you a clue!
If you have an insurance company with an attached road rescue service, this is probably the best number to call. You should also call a family member or whoever you were on your way to meet to let them know where you are.
If your car has a fairly simple problem, you should be able to drive away safely and continue with your journey. However, it is possible that the problem may not be fixed there and then, in which case you will need to call a towing company like Swan Towing to come and collect both you and your car.
Stay in a Safe Location
While you are waiting for help, you must stay in a safe location at all times. Though you might be tempted to walk away to find help, you shouldn’t do this on a whim and should only leave the car if you are sure that help is nearby. Otherwise, the best advice is to stay in your vehicle with the doors locked until help arrives.
If your car is not safe to stay in, then you should cautiously exit your vehicle and stand nearby, out of the road. Make sure that you check over your shoulder before opening your door, especially if you are on a busy main road. You must not leave your vehicle so try not to go too far.
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