Follow these tips to stay safe during roadside emergencies
Every day, thousands of people encounter problems on the road that leaves them stranded and unable to get to their destination. When this happens, it’s important to receive fast help that will get you on your way. Unfortunately, many people find themselves in a roadside emergency for the first time, which causes them to react in a panic. In these situations, it’s important to stay calm and collected to ensure you’re making good decisions that will help get you off of the side of the road. At B & K Towing, we deal with these issues on a daily basis, and we offer these safety tips for roadside emergencies.
Whether it’s smoke from under the hood, your check engine light or a strange hissing noise, the first thing you need to do is pull your car safely to the side of the road or a nearby parking lot. Pull your vehicle as far away from traffic as you can to minimize the chance that you’ll be impacted by an oncoming vehicle or that you’ll block traffic.
Turn On Hazard Lights
After you pull over, you need to turn on your hazard lights (a.k.a. flashers, hazards, emergency lights.) This alerts other drivers that there is a problem and that they should proceed with caution while passing your vehicle.
If you can’t solve the problem yourself, it’s always better to stay inside the vehicle. This will keep you from causing a distraction to other drivers and keep you safe.
Call for Help
Whether you call a towing company, your insurer or someone that knows what to do, you need to get help from somewhere. Trying to solve your own roadside emergency usually doesn’t work out well.
Wait by the Car
Once you’ve called for help, it’s smart to stay inside or close by your vehicle. This ensures that whoever arrives to help will not be confused as to your location. Additionally, roaming around a busy road on foot could be dangerous to you and other drivers. Staying in one spot ensures maximum safety for everyone while dealing with roadside situations.