Driving a vehicle comes with many responsibilities including driving safely and keeping your car well maintained and in optimal working condition. Regardless of how diligent you are in your endeavors, you may find yourself in a situation where your car breaks down unexpectedly. Your tire can blow, your battery can die, you are involved in an accident causing you to run off the road, or any other number of car related issues. Situations like these can be stressful and it’s not unusual for drivers, especially new drivers to panic. Being prepared and knowing what to do can save you unnecessary stress and keep you safe. The knowledgeable experts at Bernie’s Towing provide professional roadside assistance and towing services 24/7 to assist you during your roadside emergency.
What to Do if Your Car Breaks Down on the Highway or Middle of Nowhere
Whenever possible move off the road: If you are experiencing problems with your vehicle move to the side of the road as quickly and safely as you can. For example, never stop on a blind corner, a hill, bridge, or narrow road if it can be avoided. Instead use a parking lot, rest stop or emergency lane away from other traffic.
Communication with other drivers: Once you have reached a safe place on the side of the road, you need to communicate your situation with those drivers travelling around you. The best way to do this is to use your hazard lights to make your vehicle noticeable and indicate you are experiencing a problem.
Never abandon your vehicle: Unless you are placed in a situation where it would be dangerous for you to stay in your vehicle, it is best to sit inside and wait rather than getting out and walking around. Doing so can be extremely dangerous and could place you in a position to be hit by another driver who does not see you standing in the road.
If you have to get out of your car, do so as safely as possible: If you have to leave your vehicle, always use the car door that is on the opposite side to the flow of oncoming traffic. Even if you have to crawl across to the opposite seat to exit safely this is preferable to putting yourself in danger of potentially being injured or killed by another vehicle.
Keep supplies on hand in case of emergency: Be prepared by keeping emergency supplies stocked in your vehicle. Supplies should include a flashlight, first aid kit, water, snacks and a blanket. These basic items are extremely handy in circumstances where you break down on a long stretch of highway between exits.
Call for roadside assistance services: Contact Bernie’s Towing for roadside assistance services. The professionals at Bernie’s Towing provide a number of roadside emergency services including towing, jump starts, tire changes, auto lockouts, fuel/fluid delivery, vehicle winch outs and much more.
Towing & Roadside Assistance Services in Elmwood Park, Evanston, Dolton & Greater Chicago, Illinois
To learn more about emergency towing and roadside assistance services in Greater Chicago and the surrounding areas, contact the knowledgeable experts at Bernie’s Towing today.