Breaking down on the road can be stressful and scary but knowing how to remain safe is key. Check out these tips to get help and stay safe on the side of the road.
Try to get your car to the shoulder
Cars coming around a curve will be rattled if you are sitting in the blind spot of the curve. If the driver is startled, they could end up rear-ending you, bringing on more damage and perhaps injuring you too. It is rare that your vehicle will just stop working. You should have enough of a warning to move onto the shoulder.
Lock your doors
Stay inside the car to avoid being hit by traffic and lock the doors. You don’t want someone unexpectedly getting into your vehicle.
Call for help
Make a call for help to either a tow truck or roadside assistance if you have it on your auto insurance policy. If your phone is dead, hang something white outside of your window and secure it by rolling the window up. This will notify highway patrol officers that you need help.
Have on your emergency blinkers
This will let other vehicles see that your car isn’t moving and to watch out. Usually, drivers who can see you ahead of time will get into the other lane, but this is not always possible.
Be cautious of who stops to assist
Criminals target those who are on the side of the road as an easy target. If you have called for help, keep your windows up and your doors locked. Thank the person for stopping and tell them you’ve called for help. If they don’t leave and stay outside of your car waiting, call 911. Safety is number one when broken down.
If your phone is dead and they are the first person to stop, ask them to call the police, but you can do this all while staying in your car and only cracking your window a little. If they are truly wanting to help you, they won’t ask you to get out of your car.