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Auto Maintenance 101: What to do When Your Car Breaks Down on the Freeway

Drivers must always remain prepared for trouble on the road. Problems such as an overheated engine require immediate attention. Here are some tips for dealing with a breakdown on the freeway.

Get to the side of the road
The freeway can be a very dangerous place, especially during rush hour. In the event that your vehicle suddenly loses power, promptly turn on the emergency blinkers. Using the vehicle’s momentum, carefully steer your car towards the side of the road. After your vehicle has come to a stop, remember to activate your emergency brake.

Remain calm
While a breakdown can be frustrating, it is definitely not the end of the world. Take a deep breath and calmly analyze the situation. The worst-case scenario is that you will have to get your ride towed.

Call for help
Mechanically-inclined drivers may want to investigate the issue before calling for help. A loose battery cable can be quickly tightened with a wrench. On the other hand, most drivers will need to call a professional towing service. Companies such as Mike’s Auto Towing actually offer 24-hour roadside assistance. This is a big advantage for the drivers who plan to travel at night.

Make your vehicle more visible
Before attempting to step outside of your vehicle, remember to first scan the surrounding area for danger. Placing a few road flares behind the vehicle will help to alert the oncoming motorists. It is also a good idea to raise the hood. After you have taken the recommended precautions, step back into your ride and lock the doors.

Do not take any unnecessary risks
It is advisable to remain near your vehicle at all times. Although a friendly motorist may offer a helping hand, the safest approach is to politely decline their offer. Sadly, everyone does not have good intentions. Personal safety should always remain your top priority. Instead of taking a chance by walking along the side of the highway, patiently wait until help arrives.

Keep your mobile phone charged
Research shows that about 90 percent of the adult population owns a cell phone. During an on-road emergency, a cell phone will prove to be a very valuable commodity. However, it is critical that your phone remains charged at all times. A dead cell phone battery could put you in a very compromising situation.

Although car trouble can ruin your day, it is actually just a small obstacle. Taking the suggested safety measures will help to keep you out of harm's way.

Author: Lizzie Weakley

Written on Monday, March 16, 2015 by
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