Tips on How to Keep Safe if Your Car Breaks Down

Tips on How to Keep Safe if Your Car Breaks DownA lot of things can go wrong on the road, and not just accidents that happen while speeding. Your car can break down when you least expect it, on a highway, during a late night drive, or even in the middle of nowhere. To make sure you are safe when the unfortunate vehicle malfunction occurs, follow these tips by The AAA Exchange:

  • Move your vehicle off the road safely away from traffic.
  • Stay inside your vehicle and make sure all passengers stay inside, too. Keep doors locked and only roll down the window enough to ask any passersby to call police.
  • If you can’t move your vehicle off the road, ask all passengers to exit the vehicle when it is safe to do so, and stand away from traffic.
  • If you must walk to a phone, keep your group together.
  • Warn other drivers by raising the vehicle’s hood, tying a white cloth to a door handle or using reflective triangles or flares. Warning devices should be placed far enough away from the vehicle to give oncoming traffic time to react. A good rule of thumb: three devices at 100, 50 and 25 yards from the vehicle – or 300, 200 or 100 feet.

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