You never think it is going to happen to you until it does, but getting stranded along the roadside is always a possibility, no matter what you drive. Automobiles with moving wearable parts are bound to breakdown at some point, unfortunately for us drivers, they don’t always breakdown at the most convenient times.
The best advice is to be prepared. You want to know how to react if this small tragedy happens to you at the most unexpected moment. And in light of being prepared, here are the 5 next steps you take when you get stranded roadside.
The first thing you have to do is make sure the car is not stationary in the middle of the road. Moving the car out of immediate danger has to be a priority, even it means pushing the car. This requires taking the car out of gear, dropping the handbrake, and sharply turn the wheel to the side. Then you start pushing.
However, not every situation is ideal for getting out and pushing. For example, if the car breaks down on a bridge filled with traffic. Then it is probably better to stay inside the car.
There are several things that can bring a car to a total standstill. And in some cases, it can actually turn into a dangerous situation. Hence the reason for moving away from the car if excessive smoke is coming from the engine. If you are not sure what the problem is, there is no point in trying to fix it yourself.
Depending on where your car breaks down, it can become a dangerous situation for other drivers. For instance, breaking down on a highway with fast traffic puts everyone in a vulnerable position. At the same time, getting stranded around a corner can be just as dangerous.
Do your best to alert other drivers to your situation. And you can do it by turning on the hazard lights, or put up emergency cones/traffic triangles that a clearly visible. This is why it is recommended to keep an emergency kit in the car, just in case the unexpected happens.
When your only problem is a flat wheel, you can probably do the replacement yourself and be on your way. But not everyone has the skills to change a tire, which is why professional towing services exist. Experts will gladly come out and do the change for you.
But when the problem is more severe, you might require a tow to a location of your choice. This option is usually much safer than calling a friend to help with the towing. If you do not have the right equipment, you only make the situation more dangerous.
Before you drive out of the garage, always have the number of a towing or roadside assistance service. And you do not have to wait to make the call. The moment you feel safe, get in touch with experts to come and help you out. You can even call services to bring you gas if that is the problem.
The point is you can call a professional towing service for any reason whatsoever. This is especially helpful if you do not have any knowledge about cars and how to repair them at the side of the road. In fact, even people with experience will have a hard time under such conditions.
If you need immediate roadside assistance in the Nashville metro area or suburbs, give Straight-Away Towing Service a call today. We’re available 24/7 for all your roadside needs…