The Complete Guide to safely handling a vehicle breakdown

A breakdown, it happens and sometimes without warning whether your car is old or new; but a danger to you or your passenger’s safety can be avoided by being prepared and following these simple steps.

When you first run into a bit of trouble, the first thing you need to do is find a safe place to pull over, put on your hazard lights and pull over as far to the left as possible. If you are in poor lighting make sure to put on your parking lights as a further safety measure.

Next give your roadside assistance provider a call; in some areas emergency phones are available on the side of the road.

If you need to leave your vehicle, make sure to do so in a safe manner. Check for traffic and if possible, leave from the passenger side of your vehicle.  If it is not safe to leave, sit tight and keep your seatbelt on.

If you do have a breakdown, the most important thing is to remember to stay calm. Roadside assistance can take some time especially if you are in a remote area.

It is always a good idea to have a plan with emergency supplies. A flashlight, first aid kit and bottles of water don’t take up much room but can make a huge difference.

If you see a breakdown, slow down and take care. Avoid crossing busy roads if you are trying to help someone.

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