Car troubles on the road can be very stressful, and sometimes dangerous, but knowing what to do when your car breaks down can make the whole process safer and easier. With the proper preparation and knowledge, you can handle any roadside car problems safely and get back on the road as soon as possible. Here are a few tips for dealing with a car breakdown:
The first step toward dealing with a breakdown should be taken long before you are on the road. It is important to create a roadside emergency kit that you keep in your car at all times. This kit should include basic tools for simple repairs, supplies for safety and comfort, and a first aid kit.
Pull Over Safely
When your car breaks down on the road, you must remain calm and pull your vehicle safely to a shoulder where you can make repairs or wait for assistance. Be sure to use your hazards and indicators to alert other drivers of your situation. Cross lanes carefully and only come to a stop when your vehicle is well out of the way of traffic.
If you can do this safely, it is often a good idea to do a small inspection of your vehicle to determine whether the cause of the breakdown is something that can be easily remedied. If you cannot safely make repairs, return to your vehicle and buckle in with your hazard lights on.
Call for Assistance
Once you know that you will need professional repairs, call a roadside assistance service, like Greulich’s Automotive Service and Collision, and have your vehicle towed directly to the repair shop. While waiting for the tow truck, remain in your vehicle and away from traffic.
Whether you need a tow from the highway or your driveway, call Greulich’s Automotive Service and Collision at (480) 483-8186. We are a AAA-approved maintenance and repair service offering roadside assistance, routine maintenance services, and automotive repairs. Contact us online to learn about our current offers.