Most of us have been there.
You’re driving along and then all of a sudden…something is wrong with your car. It might be as simple as a flat tire, but the second your car starts giving you trouble, it’s never fun.
Since most of us will experience this at least once in our lives, it’s really important to know what to do when your car breaks down. The last thing you want to do is to make an already annoying situation worse.
In this post, you’ll learn 5 tips to keep in mind if your car breaks down. That way, you can get through the frustration of a broken down car without too much time, hassle, or stress on your end.
Let’s get started!
1. Move Your Car to Safety
The second you realize your car is acting up, do everything you can to move it (and yourself) to safety. That means pulling over to the side of the road or an out-of-the-way place.
2. Put on Your Hazard Lights
Be sure to put your hazard lights on too. This is going to let others know your car is disabled. If you are still close to traffic, this part is really important for the safety of others.
3. Take a Look
Not all breakdowns are equal. Sometimes, it’s a simple fix. Maybe you ran out of gas, or the car is just overheating for a few minutes. If you can safely take a look, do so. Pop the hood (which is also a universal sign for car problems) and take a look.
4. Call for Help
Once you and your car are in a safe position, it’s time to call for help. If you belong to an automobile club, give them a ring (it’s a good idea to keep their card in your wallet). Or call friends and family who might help or give you the number for a local mechanic.
5. Stay With Your Car
Unless you know you’ve run out of gas, and you can see a gas station nearby, stay with your car until help arrives. It can be very dangerous walking along a busy road or highway. The safest thing is to sit tight.
Alright, now that you know the basics, let’s look at what else you can do to keep any issues to a minimum if your car breaks down.
Have a Safety Kit
It never ever hurts to plan ahead for potential issues in life. So, if you don’t already, create a safety kit to keep in your car in case of emergency.
You don’t have to go crazy with lots of gear or supplies. Many hardware or big box stores actually sell pre-made car kits that are the size of a small duffle bag. If you don’t want to buy one, create your own.
Here’s all you need to start:
- Bottle of water (plus granola bars)
- Bottle of oil
- Car jumpers
- Flat tire repair kit
- Phone charger
- Safety flare or safety reflector triangle
Having these items in your car will help keep you safe and comfortable in case of emergency. Drive safely!