We know that experiencing a break down can be frustrating, but they do occur, you and your passengers can be at risk from a number of hazards. Tragically, there is an alarming percentage of death and injuries that have increased in the last few years, partially due to drivers not taking care. The safety of you and others is the top priority should your vehicle experience a breakdown. Today, we at Speedway Towing & Roadside Assistance would like to offer some safety tips to apply if your vehicles break down.
1) Safely Get Out of Traffic
Be sure to get your vehicle our of traffic as safely as possible when the vehicle becomes inoperable. Always get off or as far from the road as possible, even if the roads are small and don’t have much traffic. Experts recommend that you control the wheel turned towards the shoulder/side of the road to prevent the vehicle from accidentally being pushed or rolled into traffic if you need to manually push the vehicle off the road. Be sure to turn the hazard lights and place roadside cones or flares (whichever you keep in your roadside kit) around the vehicle in addition to propping the hood open to increase the visibility of your current situation.
2) Watch for Smoke & Fire During a Car Breakdown
Though modern vehicles are less likely to catch fire as there are precautions taken to prevent fires. Despite the precautions, stay vigilant in looking for signs of fire, such as smoke and sparks. Keep you and the passengers away from the vehicle until help arrives should you notice smoke or fire.
3) Be Safe if Departing Stranded Vehicle is Necessary
Except for dangerous scenarios where it is unsafe to do so, you should do what you can to not leave the vehicle when it breaks down. If you are not able to move the vehicle off the road, stay inside your vehicle. There is low visibility and getting out of the vehicle to attempt repairs or stretching your legs can be dangerous, particularly in denser traffic. If you must depart the vehicle, be sure to watch for traffic and be sure it is clear and safe before you exit.
4) Avoid Auto Repairs on Roadside
Everyone, including those who know a bit about vehicles should not try to perform any repairs on the roadside, unless you are dealing with a flat tire, and even then, it is questionable. Getting out of the automobile and trying to fix any issues only increases the risk of be struck by moving vehicles or causing other damage to the vehicle.
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Ultimately, as mentioned, safety is the number priority and you should take all the steps you can to increase the safety of you, your passengers, and avoid further damage to your automobile. If you have experienced a down vehicle in the Greater Irvine, TX area, call in the experts of Speedway Towing & Roadside Assistance and we will get to your location as quickly as possible to provide the towing or roadside services you require to help you in your current predicament. Contact us today!