Although it’s not something any of us want to think about, there is a potential to end up on the side of the road with a broken down car. Roadside emergencies happen to the best of us, but it’s imperative to be cautious. Being on the side of the road is incredibly dangerous as you can imagine due to the risk of being hit by other drivers. Don’t fret, as per usual, CarAdvise is here with the tips for roadside safety, if or when, you end up in a less than ideal situation.
As soon as something starts to feel or look wrong, get off the road ASAP.
TURN ON YOUR HAZARD LIGHTS
Let the other drivers around you know that your car is having issues by turning on your hazards as you pull off to the side of the road.
GET AS FAR OFF THE ROAD AS POSSIBLE
In a best case scenario, getting off at a rest stop, main street, or an exit of the highway is best. If there are no exits for you to use pull off to the side of the road as far as barriers and safety allow. The goal is for you to be as far out of the way of fast moving cars as possible.
KEEP EMERGENCY SUPPLIES IN YOUR CAR
Having an emergency kit in your car at all times is really important. This should have everything from a first aid kit, extra food and water, to tools, duct tape, a spare tire, jumper cables and more.
CALL ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
If you have roadside assistance with your insurance, call them right away! Your main priority should be getting you and your car off the road and into a safer environment. PRO TIP: Get Roadside assistance through CarAdvise Elite Plan!
DON’T LEAVE YOUR CAR UNTIL IT’S SAFE
If you’re having a car emergency you might want to get out and take a look quickly. If you’re on the side of the road don’t forget that you’re in traffic. Wait until there is a big enough break in traffic before you exit your vehicle. Better yet, if it is possible to get out on your passenger side that may be the safer option.
BE CAUTIOUS ACCEPTING HELP FROM STRANGERS
Most people are probably well intentioned when they see someone pulled off having car troubles. However, you want to be cautious and keep yourself safe when people approach your vehicle. Keep your doors locked and only roll your window down enough to speak. Use your best judgement but we recommend you call a professional or trusted family or friends.
There you have it! Those are our best tips to stay safe in an emergency roadside situation. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that you don’t ever have to use these, but it’s always better to be prepared!