Noticing that you’re having car trouble while on the road can be scary, so it’s important to know what to do when your car breaks down to keep yourself and other drivers safe from harm.
The first thing you should do is pull over to a safe location. If you’re on the freeway, the shoulder is usually a safe bet, but try to pull off as far from the lanes as possible. In cities, finding somewhere to pull over can be more difficult, and if you can’t get off the road, stop and turn your hazard lights on so that other drivers know to get around you.
Next, if you have a cell phone or some kind of fancy tech in your car to contact help, now is the time to use it. Call your roadside assistance or a tow truck. If you have a problem you know how to fix, like a loose cable or a flat tire, that’s one thing, but more complicated fixes should be left to professionals.
Stay with your car, and stay far from the traffic lanes. It’s easy to get sideswiped in speeding traffic!