Having a breakdown in the middle of nowhere is an unnerving experience that no one wishes to encounter. However, even the most careful and vigilant drivers get breakdowns from time to time. The most prevalent causes of failures include electrical faults, low car battery, an overheating engine, a flat or blown out tire, and running out of fuel. The key to managing a breakdown situation is knowing the right steps to follow to address the emergency and also having the right emergency contacts in case you are not able to fix the problem on your own.
Most people are cautious about roadside disaster preparation when they are new to driving. Sadly, as time passes by, they start ignoring the safety items that they should always carry in their vehicles. Always have a spare tyre in your boot and hazard signs to indicate that you have stopped due to an accident. It is also advisable to regularly check the toolbox to see if all the supplies are intact, especially when heading out for a long trip.
What to do after the breakdown
Most people panic when they are in the middle of the road and something suddenly goes wrong. However, staying calm is the most important thing to do. Ensure everyone is safe if the incident has caused a sudden stop or caused a crash. Check if the vehicle can still move and drive it to the roadside away from the traffic if possible. When the car is clear of the road, everyone can get out as you assess the problem. On the other hand, if the vehicle gets stuck and there is traffic behind you, have hazard lights on, and when traffic clears, everyone can get off the car and walk to the side of the road.
Contacting emergency services
If the incident is minor, like a burst tire in the middle of the afternoon, you can have it fixed. However, if the vehicle has overheated and it is in the middle of the night, it would make more sense to call in towing services as opposed to trying to fix the problem for yourself.
Preparedness for highway disasters means having emergency contacts such as a mobile mechanic who operates in the routes that you frequent. If they are competent, they should be in a position to avail themselves round the clock and to help you get the problem fixed so that you can get back on the road.