It’s never nice to be stuck in a car in the middle of a motorway or road because something has gone wrong and things have broken down. Even worse? Being stuck in the middle of a motorway when you have no back up and it’s pouring down rain. And it’s night time. Well no, we’ve just listed one of the worst times to be stuck on the road in the most extreme circumstances and motorways truly are one of the most dangerous places to break down. If you break down and you need transmission repair Arlington TX then you should ensure you have a list of emergency telephone numbers available for you to use. There are a lot of things you should do to stay safe before you call your insurance repairs company and while they are on the way so in this article we have put together a list of things you should be doing and remembering if you do break down at the worst of times.
- Remember that the hard shoulder is only for emergencies, so don’t pull over there to make any phone calls or have a stretch or sleep. Toilet stops are also not appropriate for the hard shoulder they should be saved for service stations
- If it’s an emergency and you’re stuck on the motorway and are unable to get off, pull onto the hard shoulder
- If you can, stop as far to the left as you are able and turn your wheels to the left. This will signal to other drivers that you are in an emergency situation
- Hazard lights! They’re there for the purpose of an emergency and oncoming hazard. You are now the oncoming hazard and need to warn other cars about you!
- Keep a reflective jacket in the boot to wear but don’t put a warning triangle on the hard shoulder.
- Do not attempt any type of repairs on your car. There’s a reason you have a repairs company to call on an emergency so use them!
- If you have a disability, keep your seatbelt on, switch on your hazard warning lights and use a mobile phone if you have one to call us or the emergency services.
- If you are truly stuck and cannot move to the hard shoulder don’t attempt to leave your car unless you can be absolutely sure that it is safe. Hazard lights on, seatbelt on and call the emergency services you require.
Your safety is paramount when you break down so don’t try to be a hero and fix the car yourself or deal with any issues in the car. If there is a fire other cars will be able to stop and assist as they can and you should get out of your car as soon as you can and get to a safe space on the side of the road. There is a lot of common sense involved here so make sure you stay calm and not panic.