If you’ve ever experienced a car break down you know that it can be a stressful situation, here are some tips on how you can stay safe.
You’re driving to work on the highway listening to your favorite podcast about two brothers giving dubious advice. Suddenly, your car makes a strange noise and vibrates uncontrollably–even if you’ve never experienced a car breakdown you intensively know something has gone incredibly wrong. Before you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to review post-car break down protocol before you find yourself in the middle of the road without a clue. Here are some tips on how to handle your car breaking down.
1. Turn your hazard lights on. The first thing you should do is activate the hazard lights to signal the drivers behind you that something is not right.
2. Slow down and pull over. You want to let your car slow down for two reasons–1) It keeps your car under your control as slamming the brakes could lead to trouble; 2) It gives the car behind you enough time to react properly and adjust accordingly.
3. Pop your hood. The universal sign for a broken down car is popping the hood. Drivers can see the popped hood and, if they’re good drivers, will merge into the lane further from you to give you a safe zone.
4. Call your roadside assistance or 911. Many car insurance companies offer roadside assistance for this very instance, so before you call that roadside assistance you found on Yelp, check if your insurance offers it.
5. Exit your vehicle. Be sure to exit the vehicle through the door facing away from traffic.
Knowing what to do during this stressful is important, as well as being covered with the proper auto insurance policy. Contact Castroll Insurance for all of your insurance needs.
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