Driving on an extremely busy highway during rush hour can be nerve-racking any time but downright terrifying when your car suddenly stops running. Your heart pounds while you grip the steering wheel to guide your car to the shoulder and bring the car to a stop. Finally, you can breathe a sigh of relief when you get the car safely off the road. You to restart the car but nothing happens, which means your battery may be dead, so it's best to call for assistance instead. Here's what to do.
Make your vehicle visible
Safety is crucial when you're in an inoperable vehicle along the side of a busy highway. Turn on your emergency flashers so motorists behind you can see you more readily. If your emergency flashers don't come on, it's a telltale sign that your battery is completely dead. If this is the case and you have a bright-colored piece of clothing or fabric in the car, attach it to the rear of your vehicle by securing it with your trunk lid, if possible. To exit your vehicle in the safest manner, climb over to the passenger door to exit instead of opening your driver's door into traffic.
Exit your vehicle
While waiting inside your vehicle may seem like the best idea, doing so can be dangerous on a busy highway. A driver who isn't paying attention to what's ahead of them may run into your vehicle from behind. The safest place for you to be is several car lengths behind the vehicle and at least several feet off of the side of the highway, if possible, just in case someone does hit your vehicle and sends it lurching forward.
Call for roadside assistance
Now that your vehicle can be readily seen by other drivers and you are out of the vehicle, you can call for roadside assistance. However, you'll need to give them a location so they know where you are. If you aren't sure of the exact location, take a look at your location on your mobile device. Then, once you've pinpointed your location, call for roadside assistance. They'll ask you several questions regarding the make and model of the vehicle you're driving and to give a brief description of what happened. After they've taken this information they will give you an estimated time to expect them by.
For more information, reach out to a roadside assistance service today.Share
17 December 2019
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