What to Do if Your Car Breaks Down on the Road

You are driving down the highway when suddenly you have car trouble. The National Transport & Safety Authority advises this measures when your car stops working or has a flat tire on the highway.

At the first sign of car trouble, gently and effortlessly take your foot off the accelerator. Usually do not brake hard or suddenly. Cautiously work your vehicle toward the breakdown lane or perhaps the side of the highway. In case you are on an highway, try to reach an exit. Signal your motives to drivers and you are out of the room. If it is necessary to change lane, watch your mirrors and the traffic around you closely.

Once off the road, make your car visible. Put reflector triangles behind your vehicle to alert other drivers; use your emergency flashers. In the event it is dark, switch on the interior dome light.

If you have a flat car tire, be certain that you can change it safely and securely without having to be near traffic. If that is possible, change the tire as you normally would. Remember, safety must take precedence over your schedule or whatever other concerns you might have.

However, when the car needs repair, it is best to get professional help. Do not try to flag down other vehicles. Raise your hood and tie something white to radio stations antenna or hang it by a window so {law enforcement officers or tow line truck operators will know help is needed. Avoid standing behind or next to your vehicle. In the event that the car is on the traffic side of the highway, stand away from the vehicle and hang on for help to get there.

If your car is safely out of traffic, wait inside the vehicle with doors locked. Make use of your cell phone to call for help. If someone stops and offers to help, open the windows slightly and ask them to call the cops.Watch for an uniformed police officer or other emergency personnel. All highways and major roads are patrolled regularly.

It is inadvisable to walk on an highway, especially during stormy weather. However, if you possibly can reach a source of help on foot, without jeopardizing your physical or personal safety, try the direct approach by walking. Keep as far from traffic as possible. Never attempt to get across a multi-lane, highway you might get killed!

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