Disabled vehicles are a far too common occurrence on our increasingly busy highways and interstates. Just about everyone has run out of gas at some time; driving around on fumes is never a good idea. It increases your risk of running out of gas, but also increases your risk of being stranded in a dangerous situation. This has led to many motorists being killed or injured while trying to move a vehicle or walking along freeways to get fuel. If you are stranded at night the risks of being hit are much greater still. Pedestrians are regularly hit and killed everywhere there are roads.
If your vehicle suddenly becomes disabled, it can be an incredibly stressful and difficult situation. The most important thing is to remain calm and take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Here are a few things to keep in mind if your vehicle becomes disabled:
Pull over as soon as you can. It’s important to make sure your vehicle is completely off of the road as soon as possible. If you can, pull over to the side of the road in a safe spot. If you’re on the highway, try to make it to the nearest exit.
Turn on your hazard lights. Turning on the hazard lights on your vehicle will help alert other drivers that you’re stopped on the side of the road and that they should steer clear.
Check the engine and tires. Take a quick look under the hood to make sure there isn’t any smoke or flames coming from the engine. Check the tires to make sure they’re not flat.
Call for help. If you can’t fix the problem yourself, it’s time to call for help. You can call a tow truck, roadside assistance, or a mechanic to come out and take a look at your vehicle.
Stay in your vehicle. If you’re waiting for help to arrive, it’s important to stay in your vehicle. Don’t wander off, especially if you’re on the side of a busy highway. Keep your doors locked and don’t open them for anyone you don’t know.
Move away from the vehicle. If your vehicle is in a dangerous situation, such as on the side of the highway, you may need to move away from it. If you feel it is not safe to stay in your vehicle, move away from it and find a safe spot away from traffic.
Wait for help. Once you’ve called for help, it’s important to remain patient. If you’re in an unsafe situation, try to alert the police or another emergency service.
If your vehicle becomes disabled, it’s important to remain calm and take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Pull over to a safe spot, turn on your hazard lights, check the engine and tires, call for help, stay in your vehicle, and wait for help to arrive. If you’re in an unsafe situation, move away from your vehicle and find a safe spot.