Road trips are fun. However, the fun always ends when your car breaks down all of a sudden. It is a rough situation to be in, especially when you’re far from home or you’re in a strange place. Additionally, being new to driving may cause panics which do not really do anyone good. To help with this dilemma, listed are things that one must remember when the car breaks down.
Get your car off the road
Obviously, when your car breaks down in the middle of the road, you must first get it away from the road. This is possible since vehicles do not usually stop entirely. Hopefully, there’s enough time left to move your car on the side of the road. This is to avoid clogging the traffic and increasing the risk of bumping into a speedy and reckless driver. After moving on the side of the road, park the car and engage the emergency brake. The steering wheel should also be steered away from the road.
Call for Aid
Virtually everyone has a mobile phone or means to communicate with others even when in distant places. You do not have to fix your car on your own, you need other people who have more experience with car engines and they can be a phone call away.
Stop being a Know-it-all
You might have a little experience to identify what is wrong with your vehicle. However, if you are not entirely sure of what’s going to be done, then just do not touch anything. It is not the time to experiment with your car. Help is almost always available and you just have to be patient.
Stay with the Car
Unless you know the place where you are or know someone in the area, you must not leave your vehicle. The roads are dangerous for wandering people, especially if you have no one with you. There is also a chance that you’ll get hit by a car if you are not careful enough. Additionally, repairs are not possible when roadside service arrives and the driver is elsewhere.
Strangers may harm you
From childhood, people have already been warned to not trust strangers. It may be tempting to just accept any help anyone may offer, but it is for your own safety that you must refuse and keep yourself in the vehicle. Just tell them that help is coming, but do not be rude. Just keep in mind that there are still good people out there, but there is no such thing as becoming entirely safe.
Use Your Brain
Every situation is different. Depending on the day or the problem with your car, you will have to think carefully and not panic. If you are sure that your engine stopped because you ran out of fuel, it’s probably for the best if you ignore the previous advice and walk towards the nearest gasoline station. However, caution must always be exercised in all instances.