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Safety Tips When Your Car Breaks Down



Vehicle breakdowns are sometimes inevitable – irrespective of the fact that you have just bought the car, or you have been driving it for years. You might be driving down the highway, and your car suddenly develops a fault. It could be as a result of a minor accident, a mechanical failure, a flat tire, a dead battery, or even an overheated engine. When unsure of what to do when your vehicle breaks down, you might also break down as well. Thus, it is crucial to have a reaction plan and know how to tackle the break down while also staying safe.


The following tips will help you in dealing with a car break down situation:


  • When you discover that your vehicle is signaling any fault, take your foot off the accelerator gently and smoothly. Ensure to work it towards the side of the road or the breakdown lane. If on an interstate, strive to reach an exit. Then signal your intentions to drivers coming behind you. If there is any need to change lanes, watch the traffic around you closely before going ahead.

  • Once you are away from the road, ensure you make your car visible by putting reflectorized triangles behind your vehicle or using emergency flashers. If it is dark, you may need to turn on the interior dome light.

  • If the fault is a result of a flat tire, be sure that you can safely change it without having to move close to traffic. If possible, go ahead to change the tire as you would typically do.

  • However, when you cannot handle the repair, you may have to get professional help. Avoid flagging down other vehicles; it is risky. Instead, put your hood up and tie something to the radio antenna (if any); this sends a secure signal to the police officers or tow truck operators that you need help. Avoid standing behind or close to your vehicle. If the car is along the road, stand aloof from it while awaiting the arrival of help.

  • If safely out of traffic, you can gently wait inside the vehicle while the doors are locked. Call for help. If anyone offers to help, only open the window slightly and tell the person to call the police.

  • Be on the lookout for any uniformed police officer or any other emergency personnel. Usually, every major road and interstate highway are patrolled regularly. Some highways even have unique “call-for-help” lines.

  • Avoid walking on an interstate, particularly during severe weather. On the other hand, if you can get a source of help on foot, without endangering your personal or physical safety, you can try out the direct approach of walking. However, keep a long distance from traffic as much as possible and only walk on the right side of the road. Avoid crossing a multi-lane, high-speed highway. Safety is the most important thing and it takes precedence over any concerns you may have or your schedule!

The next time you find yourself stranded on the side of the road, call Transport Oahu. We are a tow and freight service that’s available when you need us.

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