When your car breaks down on the side of the road, having 24-hour roadside assistance is valuable. They’ll get you on your way as soon as possible, whether that requires a roadside fix or a towing service to an auto repair shop for more in-depth help. While you patiently wait, prepare with this plan.
What to Do During a Vehicle Breakdown
1. Pull Over
Ideally, you would be able to pull off to the right shoulder of the road, but pull over wherever you safely can. If you’re in a residential neighborhood, try to find a parking lot to pull into. Pull as far away from traffic as you can, to avoid any passing driver accidentally hitting you or your automobile. Turn your wheel away from the road and put the emergency brake on.
2. Make Yourself Visible
Visibility is important while on the side of the road, so passing drivers know to give you some space. Turn on your hazard lights. Place your road flares or traffic triangles out behind your vehicle, toward the direction that traffic is coming from. Place one immediately behind your car, one ten feet behind it, and one about 200-300 feet behind the vehicle.
3. Find a Safe Place to Wait
Find a safe spot while you wait for your 24-hour roadside assistance. If you’re in an unsafe neighborhood, you may want to wait inside your automobile with the doors locked or find a nearby business. If you’re on the road—especially in the dark or close to passing traffic—wait outside of your vehicle. If someone accidentally hits your car, you want to be behind it, so you’re not injured. Tell your 24-hour roadside assistance towing service where you’re waiting, so they’ll know where to find you when they arrive.
When your car breaks down, Tomah Wrecker & Repair, LLC offers 24-hour roadside assistance. Help includes fuel deliveries, lockout services, tire changes, and jump-starts, throughout Tomah, WI, and the surrounding area. If your car requires more in-depth auto repair, they can tow you back to their shop for the mechanics. Learn more on their website, or call (608) 372-2550 to request a tow truck.