Car Emergency Safety Tips You’ll May Need
Car emergencies happen. However, they’re a lot less stressful if you prepare for them in advance. Phillip Brothers Towing wants to share some car emergency safety tips to keep you safe and calm when the worst happens.
Your car is less likely to have a mechanical issue if you stay current on regular maintenance. This means checking your brakes and tires regularly, keeping the air pressure in a safe range, getting regular oil changes, and maintaining fluid levels. These steps will keep your car running strong in most cases.
Car Emergency Kit
Keeping a stocked car safety kit will help you stay safe in case of a breakdown or collision. A basic tool kit is a great resource for small breakdowns, like flat tires, and oil leaks. Ready.gov suggests keeping a number of basic tools in your car and learning how to use them. Some of those items are:
- Reflective roadside triangles: These are compact and easy to use, keeping you and your car visible to surrounding traffic and alerting emergency response vehicles.
- Pop-up cones: These are a great alternative to the reflective roadside triangles, and perform the same task.
- Jumper cables: having and knowing how to use these may be the difference between an inconvenience and being stranded after work.
- Flashlight: For seeing what you’re doing when you’re trying to identify the issue and to keep you visible as you exchange insurance information.
- Wrench set: This may not come in handy if you’re uncomfortable performing your own auto work, but can be helpful to anyone who comes to your rescue.
- Reflective vest: visibility is important. This vest will help you be seen even in the dark.
- Extra phone charger: A brick style charger will ensure you have a backup charge on your phone, even if your car won’t start. This will allow you to stay in contact with friends, family, and emergency responders.
- Fire extinguisher: A small setup will keep you and your car safe in case of an engine fire, or another fire hazard.
- Duct tape: McGuyver had the idea, many makeshift repairs can be made with duct tape. It won’t fix the problem, but it may help you get to a repair shop, or safely home to make the repairs.
- Gloves and rags or paper towels: Working on cars can be messy, and many parts in an engine compartment are very hot after the car has been running. Working with gloves can prevent burns and messes.
Keep a blanket or two, first aid kit, spare water bottles, and non-perishable food in case you’re stuck for a longer period of time, or have minor medical needs to attend to. Having your insurance information, and a reliable tow company number easily accessible is also helpful for advance preparation.
Pulling to Safety
When your car breaks down, or you’ve been in a collision, the first step is to pull off the road as far as you safely can to prevent further safety issues. Start pulling off the road as soon as you notice something isn’t running right. Finding a parking lot or side street is the best option. When this isn’t possible, try to get as far onto the shoulder of the road as you safely can.
Make your car visible to oncoming traffic and emergency vehicles. Use your emergency flashers, road flares, reflective triangles, or cones to give oncoming traffic plenty of time and space to move around you safely.
Try to find a safe roadside space to pull over under a street light or another light source if it’s dark. This is important for two reasons. First, it is safer for you and anyone who responds to help you with your car emergency. Second, it will be easier to fix or diagnose the problem if there is plenty of light.
Call for Help
If there has been a collision, call law enforcement to help with traffic control and legal matters. If you’re dealing with a breakdown, tend to the problem to the best of your ability, or call roadside assistance. Be mindful of who you allow to help you. Call on professionals or trusted friends or family to help you in a car emergency.
Avoiding Dangerous Circumstances
The weather has a huge influence on car emergencies. Paying attention to the weather will help you plan your trip around safe routes and help you avoid dangerous driving circumstances.
Sometimes, driving in bad weather is unavoidable. Be mindful of others on the road during these times. Give yourself plenty of time to make it to your destination. It’s better to get there early than to be caught in a car emergency and not make it at all.
Some other useful tips are:
- Avoid driving through puddles. Water can damage your brakes and cause them to stop working properly.
- Use chains or winter tires when the weather calls for it. Your stopping distances are significantly increased in snow, ice, or heavy rain.
- Avoid driving on heavy traffic roads in snow, ice, rain, or excessive heat. These all increase breakdowns and wrecks. Avoiding the worst of the traffic will reduce your chance of being part of the slow down.
Phillips Brothers Towing is Ready to Help
Whatever the emergency, Phillip Brothers Towing is ready to help you get out of your car emergency. From being stuck in the mud to full auto collisions, our professionals are trained and ready to help. As locals, we’re familiar with the area, and the various climate issues that happen around the Little Rock area.
Give us a call. We also work with customers to move vehicles from one place to another in non-emergency situations. If you need help moving that junker from your yard, let us know. We can also help you move that new project car from the sales location to your own garage.
We can also help you with locked keys, dead batteries, and running out of fuel. If you’re not sure if we’re the right people to help with your car difficulties, call us anyway.