Having car problems can be extremely frustrating, but it can also be a safety issue if you are already on the road. Here are some tips to help you protect yourself and your passengers if your car breaks down or if you get a flat tire.
first Turn on your hazards / emergency lights
Turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers as soon as you feel something is wrong. Continue with them until help arrives, recommends the National Motorists Association (NMA).
2nd Slow down and pull off the road
Aim towards the right shoulder of the road. Consumer Reports recommends that you move to a safe, flat place that is as far away from mobile traffic as possible.
3rd Turn your wheels off the road and apply the emergency brake
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recommends that you apply your emergency brake, sometimes called the parking brake. If you have to park on a hill or slope, turn the car's wheels off the road to prevent care from rolling into traffic, says the California DMV.
4th Stay in your vehicle
If you are on a highway or congested road, the Insurance Information Institute (III) recommends that you avoid getting out of your vehicle to look for damage or fix a mechanical problem. If you need to get out of the car, take your vehicle to a safe place and make sure the road around you is completely clear. If you have stopped on the right side of the road, go out through the passenger side.
5th Be Visible
When you are safely out of the vehicle, support your hood to let other drivers know that they should proceed with caution. This will alert other drivers that you are split according to the NMA.
6th Adjust flanges or triangles
Place flanges or triangles with reflectors behind your car to warn other drivers to the place where you have stopped, says III.
7th Call for help
Call or use an app to get a tow truck, mechanic or road map help to get help. your insurance company or other provider who may be able to help. If you are in an emergency or are not sure who to contact, call 91
Consider a Roadside Assistance Plan
Before you find yourself in a tough situation, you may want to consider getting roadside assistance. Knowing that you will need help in the event of an intrusion or other unexpected car problem can provide peace of mind. Roadside assistance plans may provide services such as:
- Jump start
- Fuel delivery
- Lockout services
You may be able to purchase roadside assistance from your car insurance company or from an independent supplier.  It is important to be prepared for the unexpected, especially on the road. Hopefully you avoid some bumps in the road, but it's good to know what to do in case of a fall.