When it comes to breaking down on the side of the road, it can be more than frustrating, and it can get the best of us. You could worsen the problem and put yourself at risk simultaneously, though it’s easy to jump into full panic mode and try to conduct roadside repairs right then and there. Since it common to act when you break down, sometimes the wrong things are done, and we at Speedway Towing & Roadside Assistance would like to discuss a few things you should never do when you experience break downs.
What Happens when You Brake Suddenly?
The last thing you want to do is come to an abrupt stop in the middle of the road, though they can be downright terrifying. Being parked in the middle of the road makes it especially hard for emergency vehicles to access you, in addition to causing surrounding traffic to smash into you, along with other drivers. Should your vehicle come to a stop on its own, there’s not much choice in the matter, obviously. Slowly exit heavy traffic and find a safe place to stop if your car is giving you warning signs of trouble, like shaking, smoking, or emitting weird sounds or smells.
Try to Control Emotions After Breaking Down
You don’t want to be problem solving in a highly emotional state, a tear or two of frustration may be unavoidable, however. You are not going to get anywhere when you let the frustration and irritation take hold. Take the time to calm down and remain calm until the towing experts get to your side. It puts you in a safer position as well as prevent you from attempting unsafe and inefficient roadside repairs yourself. The most important thing is your safety at the end of the day.
Avoid DIY Automotive Repairs on the Roadside
It deserves its own section, though it has been touched on, but it is so important. It could worsen the problem and bring about a slew of new ones it detrimental to your safety if you attempt roadside repairs without a thorough understanding of mechanics. Call a towing company to do it for you rather than tinker with your engine.
Do Not Ignore Minor Car Problems
This is more a preventative approach, but something that should be said. Disregarding an issue is one of the biggest mistakes car owners make. Vehicular problems don’t heal on their own, though some issues are smaller than others. Vehicles are machines, unlike a human body that can work its way through colds and diseases. To keep them running smoothly, they require regular maintenance and adequate attention. Do not write it off as a fun little car quirk if something feels off when you’re driving or your “check engine” light starts beaming. The longer you leave a car issue, the more expensive the repairs get, more often than not.