It is never a convenient time for your vehicle to become incapacitated, as most motorists can attest to. Though this also usually occurs during the worst of traffic conditions, when it happens, it is also usually at the most inconvenient time imaginable. It is helpful to be prepared if such a situation presents itself. Having a trusted professional to provide roadside assistance is in your best interest instead of hoping a loved one can come to your aid in a timely manner. Make time to do your homework and find a tow company that also provides roadside assistance services, such as Calderon Tow & Auto and save their information in your phone as well as keep their information written down in the vehicle. If you do find yourself in need of roadside assistance, we at Calderon Tow & Auto would like to share some tips and advice on what to do.
1) If Your Vehicle Breaks Down, Pull Off the Roadway
Your first priority is to get your vehicle to safety, but only if it is safe to do so. If the situation permits, choose a straight path to get your automobile out of the way since it is difficult to push a disabled vehicle along curves and corners. Simply coast your vehicle safety if the engine has cut out, and you can navigate safely and within traffic laws. Getting your vehicle out of traffic and as far from the flow as possible is the ultimate goal. Request law enforcement assistance to get your vehicle out of the flow of traffic and make sure to flip your hazard lights on and if your vehicle takes a dive during rush hour.
2) White Flag, Hazard Lights & Flares?
You want to ensure that commuters can see your vehicle in advance to avoid collisions once the vehicle is in a safe location. Turn your hazard lights on not matter if it day or night as we already mentioned. This allows your help spot you sooner and to help other motorists understand your situation and turn on the interior lights on to increase your visibility and lift your hood up after sunset. Also, place flares, hazard triangles around your vehicle appropriately or even fly a white flag to make your predicament clearer to onlookers if you have any.
3) Call for Roadside Assistance and/or Minor Mechanical Repairs
Call in the professionals for assistance at this point. In an effort to get your vehicle back in operation, the professionals can provide a limited number of services and if the problem is too complex for roadside assistance, the towing expert can get your vehicle home or to your mechanic’s garage. There are emergency boxes available where you can call for assistance in the event you do not have a cell phone, a charged battery for your cell or a signal.
4) Stay In or Near Your Broken Down Vehicle
There is not much left to do but wait for help to arrive following the completion of all the steps listed. To allow the professionals to help you more efficiently, it is important you stay in your vehicle or in close proximity to it. Stay behind the barrier if they are there and conditions are favorable if you need out of your automobile. With the seatbelt fastened, high traffic situations promote danger and it is recommended you stay in the safety of your vehicle.