If you own a car, you know that breakdowns are inevitable. However, that doesn't mean you have to sit in your car and sweat till help arrives. Sometimes (say on a busy motorway), sitting inside your vehicle without letting others know that you are immobilised can be even more deadly. So, in this blog, let’s discuss a breakdown, and what to do if you face it.
They are frequent: here’s why
Modern vehicles are a system of multiple components interconnected with each other. The moment one of them goes out of line, it inevitably takes down something else with it. Common causes of breakdown are issues like -
• Tyre punctures
• Engine failure
• Battery malfunctions
Even something as simple as running out of fuel can leave you stranded, for obvious reasons. Now, there is no hard and fast rule of how-tos for handling such a scenario, but if you maintain your car well, you can avoid them. Take your car to a reliable car garage in Wolverhampton, or in any other place that you may live in, and let the professionals take a look.
No matter what, stay prepared
Better safe than sorry. There are a few items that you can keep in the corner of your car’s boot in case you face a breakdown. Hopefully, you won't need them, but if you do, at least you will be prepared.
• Make sure you have a warning triangle to let others know that you are stuck.
• Keep a first aid kit within reach.
• Remember that your phone will be your lifeline; so keep a charger handy.
• Water is another important thing. Dehydration can make you struggle even with the simplest things.
• A somewhat rare thing to put in a trunk, but useful by all means, is a high-visibility vest. It will warn other drivers of your position from a significant distance.
What if it breaks down on a motorway?
Remember, safety is the number one priority. Motorways are crowded and fast, and anything stagnant out there is hazardous.
Try to get off that motorway as soon as possible. If needed, push your car to safety and stop at the extreme left side; remember to position your car wheels to its left too.
Put on the handbrake, hazard lights, and side lights before exiting your car. Also, make sure no one is sitting inside once it is parked. Put on a high-vis vest if you have one, but never set up a warning triangle and start repairing your car on a motorway.
The best thing to do is call a car service garage like Auto Surefit Motoring Centre Wolverhampton (if you are stuck in that area) and let them do their magic.
And what if it is in the countryside?
The same drill goes here too. Park as far left as possible, put on the handbrakes, hazards, wear the high-vis vest, and exit the car and take your passengers with you.
However, you can do minor repairs if the traffic volume is low. Set up the warning cones and take a look at it, but only after making sure all your passengers are safely away from your car. Again, calling a mechanic will be the best option.
Like every other machine, your car too will break down at some point. How you handle that situation determines how safe you stay. Remember these points mentioned above, and hopefully, you won't face any issue.
Have a safe drive.
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