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Tips to Avoid Being Stranded on the Road

Safety Tips to Avoid Getting Stranded Roadside

We have all been there. We have all endured s sudden flat tire, the old car stalls once again, or worst you ignored the empty fuel light way too long, and you ran out of gas in the middle of nowhere. The worst thing is to be stranded in the middle of nowhere with a dead cell phone battery in the dark, and all alone without any protection or resources. We have combined a list of important tips and useful items you need in your car to avoid being stranded on the side of the road until a stranger notices your desperate hitchhiker hand sign.

Firstly, pull your car off the road. Safety first is important. Ensure that you are as far away from moving traffic as possible. If you cannot pull off the road, turn on your hazard lights. Do not risk an injury by attempting to push your car to a safe location. If you are uncertain about your safety and think your vehicle may be struck from behind, do not stay in your vehicle. Leave your vehicle only if there is a safer area to move to, away from the road.

Note your vehicle’s location. Look for a major exit. Note landmarks such as service stations, restaurants, shopping centers and business complexes. Do you remember the last exit name, street signs or any numbered signs near your location? This will be useful to know when calling for assistance.

Assess your vehicle’s operating problem. Did you hear any unusual noises, experience any out-of-the-ordinary car responses, or note any steam or smoke coming from under the hood?

If you must get out of your vehicle to assess the situation:

    • Watch carefully for oncoming traffic, especially at night or in bad weather.
    • Exit the vehicle from the side away from traffic.
    • Never stand behind or directly in front of your vehicle, as you risk being struck by drivers who might not see you.
    • Alert other motorists by making your vehicle visible.
    • Turn on emergency flashers, especially at night or in bad weather.
    • Raise your vehicle’s hood. If you have a bright handkerchief, scarf, or light jacket, tie it to the antenna or door handle, or hold it in place by closing it in a window.

Stow a couple of fully charged portable phone chargers in your glove box.

Our phones are our lifelines in a time of crisis. Calling a tow truck, emergency services, or even your family will be your ticket out of a tough situation when stranded on the side of the road. You will find relief with two portable phone chargers waiting to be used to save that dead cellphone battery.

  1. Call 911- Communicate your situation.
    Once you and your passengers are in a safe location, call 911. They will advise you on what to do. After calling emergency services, call a family member or friend and advise them of your situation and location.
  2. Call for roadside assistance and tell the operator:
    • If you are a CAA Member, your Membership number.
    • The phone number where you can be reached.
    • Your location.
    • A description of your vehicle.
    • The nature of your problem.
    • Describe any circumstances that may require special towing or transport considerations, such as an unusual or rare vehicle, large number of passengers, infants, medical needs or whether your vehicle requires special fuel.
    • Advise the road service operator that you have called 911.

Jumper cables, tire jack, and spare tire.

You should always have these items in your trunk in case of an emergency. You should have jumper cables in the event of your battery dying, and a tire jack and spare tire in the event of a flat tire.  It will be a lot cheaper for you to be able to change a tire yourself. Educate yourself on how to change a tire accordingly.

First Aid Kit and blankets

Your health is important, and the last thing you want is a bloody hand from a tire change in the middle of a cold night without the proper supplies. Your First Aid Kit should have gauze, band aids, ointment, scissors and peroxide in the event of a minor injury. Keeping warm is also important as you want to be as comfortable as possible through this if you must sleep in your car overnight. (DO NOT SLEEP WITH YOUR CAR’s ENGINE RUNNING).

A flashlight, flares, and extra batteries

A flashlight is important to see in the dark or  to check under the hood of your car. Flares are important to flag down passing vehicles and extra batteries are handy in case your flashlight’s battery dies.

We hope this helps you plan ahead when you’re out on the open road and suddenly become stranded. Drive safely!

by Leashie V. – Content Creator at Half Full Marketing

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