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What to do When Your Car Breaks Down

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jan 26, 2015 in Auto Accidents

While most American drivers are aware of the dangers of driving while sleepy or intoxicated, malfunctioning vehicles, tire blowouts and engine trouble while driving is equally dangerous.

Thousands of Americans find themselves losing control of their vehicles when a car breaks down.

When you experience loss of your car because the vehicle has malfunctioned, follow the following safety steps to ensure that you and your family remain as safe as possible.

If you are driving and your car breaks down, you should:

  • Get to the shoulder so that you are away from traffic
  • If your engine dies while on the highway, stay in your car
  • Activate your hazard and emergency lights immediately
  • Roll down your window immediately
  • Call for roadside assistance
  • Delay changing your tire until you are clear of traffic

The decisions that drivers make in the aftermath of an accident can either prevent or contribute to an auto accident.

Emergency Kits

You never know when your car is going to break down. Even brand new vehicles have been known to malfunction at times. In light of this fact, preparing an emergency kit to store in your vehicle can ensure that you and your loved ones are not at the mercy of the weather.

An emergency kit should contain:

  • Water bottles
  • Blankets
  • Flashlights
  • Extra gas

Drivers should also make a note to keep a phone charger in the vehicle so that emergency personnel can be contacted in the event of an accident or car trouble.

Always make sure that you have a spare tire and the necessary lug wrenches and jack tools. By preparing in advance, many of the negative consequences of a malfunctioning car can be avoided.

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