Roadside emergency checklist

August 19th, 2015 by admin

Every time you get in the car, you hope to get from point A to point B with out incident. But, as you know, that can't always be the case. You might hit a massive pothole and hear your tire pop, a light on your display may come on indicating a problem or smoke could start pouring out from under you hood while you're on the move. Because you often can't see roadside emergencies coming, limiting the hassle they can cause depends on having a contingency plan. To help you prepare for any wrench vehicle problems could throw in your travel plans, here is a checklist of steps to take in the event of a roadside emergency. 

Pull over safety

If something goes wrong, or things simply don't feel right with your car, pull over to the side of the road as quickly and safely as possible. Try to find a wide shoulder, emergency lane or parking lot if you can. Otherwise, just be sure to avoid stopping in traffic or places that are hard to see, like blind corners, over hills or on narrow roads and bridges.

Use your hazard lights

Before getting out of the car, put your hazard lights on to let other motorists know you are having a problem. 

Get out of your vehicle safely

When exiting the car make sure never to open your door into traffic, which may require you to exit through the passenger door. If you were unable to fully get your car out of the flow of traffic, do not attempt to leave your vehicle. 

Make yourself visible

To let other drivers know that you are having car troubles and to give you some room, place a reflective cone behind your car if you have one, and at the very least pop open your hood. 

Assess and act

Now is the time to assess the problem. If you have a flat tire and the tools and experience to change it, now it should be safe to do so. If you are experiencing a more difficult issue with your car, you should contact your insurance agent. Your agent knows the specifics of your insurance policy coverage and can give you the best advice relating to your situation.

Stay with your car

If you need to wait for help to come, it is best to do so inside your car with the doors locked. It's more practical to meet help, a tow truck or the police at your disabled vehicle than at someplace you walked to so you could pass the time, especially if they arrive earlier than you expect. 


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