No one wants to be that driver stranded on the side of the road, but it can happen to anyone. That’s why you should prepare for the possibility. Here, the roadside assistance team at Tip Tows, serving Honolulu and Kapolei, recommends taking these steps during an emergency.
Roadside Assistance Safety Tips for an Emergency
1. Pull Over
Once you’ve detected a problem with your vehicle, try to leave traffic as soon as possible. If you’re on the highway, get off at the next exit, if feasible. Or look for a wide shoulder, parking lot, or rest stop. Avoid blind corners or hilltops where other drivers may not see you. When you get out of your car on a shoulder, exit through the passenger side.
2. Indicate Your Emergency
Turn the hazard lights on your car, which will make you more visible to other drivers and notify them that you’ve stopped for an emergency. If you have items like road flares or emergency triangles, set them up before your vehicle so drivers will know to give you space. Place one 10 feet away and another at 100 feet.
3. Get Help
Call a roadside assistance service or a tow truck, depending on what your car needs. If you don’t have a phone or are unable to call for help yourself, pop your hood up to indicate to other drivers and police officers that you need help. Someone may stop and let you use their phone to make the call. While waiting, stay inside your car with the door locked for safety, and only roll down the window a bit to talk to strangers.
When you have a roadside emergency on Oahu, the team at Tip Tows is here to help. They offer complete roadside assistance, lockout, and towing services 24/7. Their professional staff will respond promptly, so you can get back on the road as soon as possible. Learn more about their services online, and call (808) 222-3432 when you need roadside assistance.