Are There Things I Should Do To Stay Safe When My Car Breaks Down On A Highway?

Most people never assume their cars will break down while they are driving, but the truth of the matter is that vehicles do break down from time to time. This is why we applaud you on wanting to be prepared and informed about your safety options.

If you find yourself with a flat tire or another vehicle problem, here are some things you can do in order to stay as safe as possible:

  • Don’t panic. You will want to keep your car moving. Don’t slam on the brakes suddenly or jerk the wheel to the right. It is important that you remain as calm as possible during a situation like this.
  • Get to the shoulder. You will want to pull your car to the side of the road. You can do this safely by turning on your hazard lights and looking carefully before changing lanes.
  • Stay in your car. If your car stalls in traffic and you cannot move it to the shoulder, turn on your flashers and stay buckled up inside your car.  If you do get your car to the shoulder, it is best to stay inside and not stand behind or next to your vehicle.
  • Make yourself visible. You can do this by setting out flares or reflector triangles. You can also turn on your interior dome light, if your breakdown occurs at night.
  • Call the police. Use your cellphone to call law enforcement and a tow truck driver. If you do not have a cellphone, open the hood of your car to help a police officer or tow truck driver know you need help.

We hope your vehicle never breaks down and that you do not get into a car accident; however, if you are ever injured in a car crash, please contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld at [number type=”1″] or [number type=”1″]. An experienced Florida accident attorney will meet with you in a free consultation.