Even a problem as simple as a flat tire or an empty fuel tank can turn into a seriously dangerous one if you don’t know how to handle it while you’re on the road. Having a car servicing contact number in your phone and calling them won’t be enough. There are also things that you should do while waiting for help if you already called them. To prevent those kinds of things from escalating, here are some tips that will ensure your safety.
1. Get Off The Road
Before anything else, you have to get as far as you can from the road. As much as possible, you have to be clear from the traffic in order to avoid causing it or causing collision. If your vehicle is in or near traffic and you can safely walk to another location, do it. If the vehicle is parked on the shoulder of a busy highway, exit on the passenger side. Don’t forget to lock the doors and leave your contact number on the windshield so that police or roadside assistance can contact you when they stop by your car.
2. Make Your Vehicle As Visible As Possible
This is important whether it’s during the day or night. Turn on your hazard lights as soon as you realize there’s a problem on your car. Even better if you have warning signs like flares or hazard triangle to use to alert oncoming motorist about the situation ahead. This will help them be aware and take necessary precautions on their end and avoid accident. The sooner other motorists are alerted, the higher the chance accident can be prevented.
3. Display A Distress Signal
If you need police help, raise the hood or tie a white cloth to the radio antenna or door handle, or hang the cloth out of the top of the door and close it on the cloth.
4. Keep The Doors Locked
Whether you’re inside the car in a safe location or you have to leave your car and walk to a safer place, you always have to lock the doors.
5. Exercise Caution
Not everyone who offers help have good intentions, thus you shouldn’t trust anyone so easily and accept help from strangers. If you feel there’s something off about the person offering help, trust your gut. Say you’re okay and say that you’re just waiting for someone. If you need help, simply ask them to make a call for you. Unless you’re absolutely certain that the person you’re talking can be trusted, only lower the windows enough to talk and not all the way down. And do not open the door for them.