Traveling along the highway, your relatively new vehicle suddenly begins to seize and will no longer run properly. Breakdowns can happen to anyone, at anytime, and in any place—even when driving a brand new vehicle. When a breakdown does occur, it is important to avoid certain common mistakes in order to keep yourself safe.
Five Things Not to Do During a Vehicle Breakdown
What should you avoid doing after your car breaks down? The following is an overview:
- Do not exit the vehicle unless you can safely do so. On many roadways, oncoming traffic is just too heavy and vehicles are traveling too fast for you to get out of your vehicle without risking injury or even death. In these cases, it is safer to remain inside the car until help arrives.
- Do not stand near a broken down vehicle. Doing so significantly increases your risk of injury or death; if another vehicle strikes your car, you are likely to be hit as well.
- Do not attempt to fix your car if the breakdown is caused by something beyond your ability to repair. In these cases, it is often safer to simply wait for professional help to arrive. Contact a tow truck company or travel company for assistance.
- Never accept assistance from an unofficial source unless you know and trust the individual offering the help. Accepting help from an unofficial third party that you do not know could put you at risk of harm.
- Similar to the previous tip, do not attempt to flag down other vehicles for help. Instead, contact the appropriate professionals.
Following these helpful tips can help you to stay safe in the event that your vehicle breaks down. We encourage you to spread the word to your friends and loved ones—share this helpful information on Twitter and Facebook!