Steps to take in a Roadside Emergency

For those of us that drive a ton, there is likely to be a time that your car breaks down. With cell phones as common as they are, we typically are able to call for help. (Before phones, there were signs we would stick on the dash – oh the good ol’ days!)

While calling for help is a very important step, there is likely to be lag time between the call and when help can arrive. Sometimes, when a break down occurs, we are not fortunate enough to be close to home. And what if you forgot your phone altogether?

Cash 4 Cars Cincinnati strives to always provide our clients with safety tips and road tips that will keep you on the road and out of harms way. We scoured the internet for tips in case of an emergency and found this great article from Consumer Reports. Read below and check out the story for yourself!


What to Do in a Roadside Emergency

Safety should be your main concern

Get off the road

Pull your vehicle as far off of the road as safely possible. 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. Lock the door and leave a note on the windshield with your mobile phone number in case roadside assistance or the police stop by the vehicle.

Make your vehicle as visible as possible

At the minimum, turn on the hazard lights as soon as you realize that your vehicle has problems. Once stopped, use any warning signals that you have—flares, hazard triangle, or a warning light—to alert other motorists of your vehicle’s presence. Place the warning device as far behind your car as practical to give other motorists as much notice as possible.

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.

Keep the doors locked

If the vehicle is in a safe location, you should wait inside. Keep the doors locked and the safety belts fastened.

Exercise caution

Use good judgment in accepting help from strangers. If someone of whom you’re suspicious stops, lower the window only enough to talk. If you’re waiting for help, thank them for stopping but tell them you’re OK. If you need help, ask them to make a call for you.