Sometimes it can happen that you are forced to stop driving – whether because of a flat tire, empty fuel tank or your car has broken down. The main thing in case of roadside emergency is to take care of your safety, and Global Auto Transportation has some tips for you.
First of all, you should get off the road. Pull your car as far off the road as far as possible. If you are near or in traffic and can walk to another location without any risks, that is what you should do. If you have parked your car on the shoulder on a highway during the rush hour, leave the vehicle on the passenger side. Make sure to lock the doors and leave the note on your windshield. Don’t forget to leave your phone number, so the road assistance or the police can contact you if they stop by your car.
Secondly, you should make sure your vehicle is visible. As soon as you realize there is something wrong with your vehicle, turn on the hazard lights. When you have stopped, use flares, a warning light or hazard triangle or any warning signals you have. This will let other drivers know about your roadside emergency. To give them as much notice as you can, place the signals as far from your vehicle as you see practical.
You can also display a distress signal if you need police assistance. To do it, tie a white cloth to a door handle or radio antenna, or simply raise the hood.
If the location is safe, lock the doors, fasten the seat belt and wait inside.
If a stranger approaches your car to offer help, be cautious. If you think the person is suspicious, lower the window so you can talk to them. If you are waiting for help, tell them you are alright and thank them. If you need help, you can ask the stranger to make a phone call for you.