What to Do When Your Car Breaks Down

what to do when your car breaks down

If you’ve ever had your car break down while you are on the road, you know that it can be an enormously stressful situation. That’s why it’s important to keep your head. We’ve thrown together some great tips to help you know what to do when your car breaks down.

First and foremost, if you can’t get your car off a busy road, do NOT get out. Your car provides considerable protection. Once outside, you are extremely vulnerable.

If you are able, by all means, get your car off of the road. Cars for Dummies recommends trying to drive or coast your vehicle on the shoulder until you are “away from any curves in the road behind you.”

You should always have flares or reflective markers in your trunk for situations in which your car has broken down. If you’ve managed to get your car safely on the shoulder, wait until there is no traffic and place several flares or reflective markers six feet behind your car so that they are visible to oncoming traffic. If it’s nighttime, putting your interior light on can improve your visibility. 

Once you are situated and feel safe, call roadside assistance if you’re a subscriber, or a tow truck if you’re not.

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