How to Handle a Car Breakdown on Trip or Highway
Driving on a trip or a long car ride sounds like a memorable and enjoyable experience, doesn’t?
But when the car contracts issues and refuses to budge further, that’s one situation a person is unprepared for. Before going on a road trip, it is better to plan beforehand and keep an emergency kit to prepare for unruly circumstances.
If you need help in understanding what all essential things you require before going on a trip, you can read about things to carry while on a road trip.
Being prepared in case an unexpected breakdown happens or a roadside emergency spoilsport something that almost everyone knows about, yet not many people follow up with it.
In this post, let’s talk about what to do in advance, so the breakdown doesn’t cause much hassle while on the trip.
Before leaving for the trip, some precautionary measures need to be checked. A person should check well in advance, some car parts like:
- Engine Oil, brake oil, Air filter, and Coolant
- Tires and Tire pressure
- Headlights and tail lights
These parts of a car are important for smooth functioning and should be worked on every few days or after a stipulated period.
Carry Emergency Kit
An emergency kit should always be carried to prepare self for any eventuality. It is not only a smart move but also makes sure that you have the necessary equipment for the stopover or breakdown if any.
An emergency road kit should include a pocket knife, a torch, first aid kit, water, food items, maps, a spare phone and if the location gets cold at night, a blanket should also be included. Spare tire along with Jack, jumper cables(to jump start the car), and a portable power bank are also useful additions to emergency road kit.
Using the Hazard Lights
If sensed that there is a problem with the car, it is better to bring the vehicle to a standstill at the roadside. Then, the issue can be checked simply before it manifests into a bigger problem resulting in car breakdown.
When you feel that there is an issue, turn on the car’s hazard lights; This helps the other drivers coming your way that the person is driving slowly or there is some issue and hence, the person needs to stop.
Pull Over the Right Way
Instead of just pulling over in the middle of anywhere, it is better to locate the nearest restroom or the nearest exit from the highway by using maps.
Or even if you have to pull over to the side immediately, don’t do it rapidly, rather mix in the lane as you traverse to the corner. Also, depending upon whether the corner is on the left or right side of the road, turn your tires that side. Suppose you have stopped on the left side of the road, then turn the wheels to the left side; this is helpful in case someone hits the car from behind, it will prevent the car from merging into the traffic because of the force of the hit.
Set Up the Traffic Warning Signs and Cones
When a person has to stop on a high-speed road, it is important that the person takes care of the incoming traffic too. When you have enough distance between your vehicle and the nearest lane, and traffic is not too heavy, carefully exit your vehicle on the
One should make sure to use reflective triangles, cones and/or flares to warn the oncoming traffic of the vehicular breakdown. When you have enough distance between your vehicle and the nearest lane, and traffic is not too heavy, carefully exit your vehicle on the
Also, if possible keep the vehicle’s hazard and interior lights on too to support the warning signs.
Get Help from Emergency Services
If there is a need for roadside assistance or some other support, immediately call the emergency car assistance provider or emergency services.
If you know you’re going to need assistance, use your cell phone to call a roadside assistance service or the highway patrol.
Since everyone has a mobile phone these days, it is easy to do so. But if there is no signal, try to flag another vehicle and use their device for the same purpose. Although, this requires a person be wary of doing it.
A person can also prepare for highway patrol and ask them for help. If sitting in the car, make sure the car’s doors are locked at all times.
These tips will help you prepare for any situation that may occur on the highway and won’t play as much of a spoil sport in the journey.