Be prepared for potential roadside emergencies

For security reasons, do not attempt to walk away from your stalled car.
For security reasons, do not attempt to walk away from your stalled car. | File photo

Getting stuck somewhere because of a vehicle emergency often creates panic, especially when you don’t have the necessary tools. What’s worse is that knowing nothing about repairing or being unable to identify the issue can be frustrating.

Here are a few tips to keep your composure and organize your thoughts when you're placed in this situation.

1.  Place your vehicle on the safest side of the road it can reach

Safety first. It would be safer for you and for other drivers if you do not obstruct the road, particularly during bad weather conditions.

2.  Hazard signs

Make your situation visible and known to other drivers. Immediately turn on lights into hazard warning and place warning signs on the road. Make sure to step out of your car on the safe side of the road when planning to set any warning signs on the road

3.  Know your location but don’t leave your car

This is especially true if you are the only adult in your car. Also, for security reasons, do not attempt to walk away from your car (unless there is a risk of fire). Check out any landmarks or street signs or ask any passersby or other travelers about your location.

4. Call for roadside assistance

a.  Get in touch with your emergency road assistance service, if you have one.

b.  Calling your mechanic is a good option, too

c.  Contact a towing service

d.  Try getting assistance from 911

5. Inform a family member or a friend. Notifying someone other than those mentioned above is best. The person can help you get assistance or he or she can be the help you need.  

6.  Reserve your phone’s battery until help arrives. If you can’t stop yourself posting your status or live feeds on your social media, minimize its use and save your mobile phone’s battery for more important communications. Do not post your location or phone number on your social media; tell your friends to call you instead.

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