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What Should you do if your Car Breaks Down?

If your car breaks down, there are several things you should do to ensure your safety and to minimize the inconvenience:

  1. If you are on a busy road, try to move your car to the side of the road or on to the shoulder if it is safe to do so. Turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers.

  2. If you are in a remote location, stay with your car. It will provide some protection and make it easier for rescuers to find you.

  3. If you have a cell phone, call for help. If you do not have a cell phone, try to flag down a passing car or walk to a nearby house or business to use a phone.

  4. If you have a spare tire, jack, and lug wrench, you may be able to change the tire yourself. Make sure to place the flat tire, jack, and lug wrench in the trunk of your car where they are easily accessible.

  5. If you do not have a spare tire or if you are unable to change the tire, call for a tow truck. Make sure to have the name and phone number of a reliable tow truck service stored in your phone or written down in your car. Road Aider is the best tool for this, the app can connect you directly to service providers in your area.

  6. If your car is making strange noises or behaving erratically, it is best to turn it off and not try to drive it.

  7. If you are in a dangerous or unsafe location, lock the doors and windows of your car and wait for help to arrive.

Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you are unsure of what to do, call for help and wait for assistance.

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