Just like any other mechanical object or piece of equipment, vehicles do develop faults from time to time. However, sometimes cars have the tendency to develop faults when you’re on the move, that can be overly frustrating, especially if you lack the hacks and tricks or information on how to handle the situation. You’re driving down a busy highway, listening to your favorite jams, and then suddenly, your car decides to get the best of you… it breaks down! How are you supposed to handle the situation? Well, here are some tips on what you should do if your car breaks down on the road.
1. Pull Off the Highway
The very first thing you need to do after suspecting that you have car trouble is to gently take your foot off of the accelerator and pull over. This is because braking suddenly can be dangerous and might result in an accident with the car that is behind you. At this point, it is important to signal and remain on level ground as much as you can, even if you have a flat tire. The main idea is to get your vehicle as far away as possible from moving traffic. It is from the shoulder of the highway that you will get a chance to safely troubleshoot the problem or call for help. If for some reason you’re unable to pull the vehicle off the road, turn on your hazard lights and preferably get out of the vehicle and move to a safer location, especially if you suspect that it might be struck from behind.
2. Make Your Vehicle Visible
After pulling off the road, it is highly essential to let oncoming traffic know that there’s something wrong with your vehicle and it isn’t moving. This is where emergency blinkers and reflective triangles will come in handy. You don’t want another road user to come bumping right into your car’s rear end so in case it’s dark, you will want to turn your interior dome lights on.
3. Assess The Situation
Some car problems such as changing a flat tire can be done DIY. Start by looking at your tires, and if they’re okay, the problem will most likely be in the engine. Assess your vehicle carefully, checking things such as the water and oil levels in the engine, and stuff. In case you discover the problem and you’re certain that you can fix it, be sure to work on it from the side that is not exposed to traffic.
4. Call for Help if Need be
In some cases, when a car breaks down in the middle of the road, you may find that the problem is beyond your expertise to fix. At this point, the best thing would be to call for professional help and if the road happens to be within Toronto, a flatbed tow truck can help transport your vehicle to the nearest car service center where it will be fixed by professionals. Nothing can be more intimidating than getting stuck with your car because you’re afraid of leaving it behind, yet it can’t even move.
Car breakdowns can at times be overly intimidating. Especially if it’s dark, sometimes the first thing to do is to actually call for help after getting your car off the road safely. Nonetheless, with the above few tips, you know just how to handle the situation if it ever occurs to you.