Posted on 11/16/2011, by Jeremy Edsall
Breakdown Safety Basics
No one ever plans to have their car break down, but you can plan ahead to deal with one safely. Read on to learn about some helpful hints to help you remain safe and injury-free should you get stuck on the road.
If your car breaks down, your safety should be your primary concern. Never get out of your car in the middle of a busy intersection or highway to change your tire or check on any damage. Instead, consider these safety tips:
§ Move your vehicle to a safe area before getting out to check on damage or to make a repair. If you were involved in an accident, signal to the other driver to pull off to a safe spot too.
§ If your vehicle will not move and is not drivable, stay in your vehicle and call for help on your cell phone instead of standing outside ofyour vehicle to flag someone down. If you do not have a cell phone, wait for someone to stop and assist you.
§ Carry flares or triangles in your car to mark your location in the event that you have a breakdown. This will give other drivers some advanced warning.
§ Always put on your hazard lights when you pull off to the side of the road on a major roadway.
§ If you get a flat tire or a blowout, move your car to a safe place before attempting to repair it. Though this may destroy your wheel, it could save your life because you will be out of harm’s way. Plus, the cost of a tire,rim or wheel is insignificant compared to the priceless cost of your life!
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Getting a flat tire is not uncommon and many people do not know how to repair a tire themselves. If that describes you, consider asking a friend or family member to show you how. This will save you the aggravation of having to wait for a tow truck to assist you or of learning on the fly.
For informational purposes only and is not intended as professional advice.
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