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What to do if your Car Breaks Down

January 2nd, 2014  |  Insurance

There is a long list of reasons why your car could break down, especially during the winter. Many people believe that only older vehicles break down. However, this is not the case. Any make, model, or year of vehicle could break down at any time. And, sometimes, no matter how well you take care of your car, a break down can be out of your control. But, if a break down does occur, it’s important that you know how to handle the situation.

Here is what you should do if your car breaks down:

  • Get your car off the road: Pull over to the side of the road and away from traffic.
  • Put on your hazard lights: This signals to other drivers that you are having issues.
  • Review the situation in your mind: Think about what just happened and make note of anything that you think could be the cause of the break down.
  • Call for assistance: If you have roadside assistance, call them first. They will be able to help you. If you don’t have roadside assistance, call a tow truck or someone that you know can help you.
  • Stay in the car: Staying in the car keeps you safe and out of traffic. It also ensures that you are near the car when help does arrive.
  • Don’t try to channel your inner mechanic: If you are not good with cars and you don’t know what is wrong, leave things alone until assistance arrives.

If you want to avoid a car break down, you need to be proactive. Take your car in for its regularly scheduled maintenance appointment, keep you tank full of fuel, and be a safe and effective driver.

Do you know what to do if your car breaks down? What tips can you offer others to prevent break downs? 

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