Things You Should Do When Your Car Breaks Down

Waking up to a car that won’t start is a headache, but most of us would prefer to deal with that situation than have something go wrong with our car while we’re out on the road needing roadside repair. Whether it’s getting a flat after banging over a pothole or having a belt give out on the interstate, having car trouble when you’re out on the road is always a stressful situation. If your car broke down here is what you should do.

My Car Broke Down

My car broke down, now what? Let’s look at some of the things you should do and how a Shenandoah roadside repair and towing company can help.

  1. When something goes wrong, switch on your hazard lights — also known as “four way blinkers” — to alert other motorists that something is wrong. Keep these lights flashing until a two truck arrives.
  2. Slow your vehicle and try to get off the road, pulling to the right shoulder, aiming to reach a safe, flat area as far from traffic as you can get. Apply your emergency brake (also known as the parking brake. If you have no choice but to park on a hill, turn your car’s wheels to the right (or away from the road) to keep it from rolling into traffic.
  3. Stay in your car. If you’re on a busy roadway, try to avoid getting out of the vehicle to look for damage or try to fix the problem. Make sure your vehicle is in a safe place away from traffic before getting out of the car. If you’ve stopped on the right side of the road, exit through one of the passenger doors.
  4. Once you’re out of the vehicle, prop your hood up to alert other drivers that you’ve had a breakdown and they should drive carefully. If you have them, set up flares or reflective triangles and put them behind the car to make motorists even more alert.
  5. Call for a tow truck or mechanic, unless you’re dealing with an emergency or aren’t sure who to contact, in which case you should dial 911. You may want to consider signing up for a roadside assistance program, which can take care of things like delivering fuel if you run out of gas or jump starting dead batteries.

Roadside Repair in Woodstock, Virginia

Before you head out on the road again, program Shenandoah towing’s Virginia roadside repair service into your phone.

We offer round the clock services for cars, SUVs, motorcycles, dump trucks, tractor trailers and other vehicles.

Our roadside repair services include:

  • Air Line Repair
  • Air Line Freeze Up
  • Tire Repair
  • Tire Plugs
    • Nail fixes
  • Tire replacement
  • Belt changes
  • Battery jumpstarts and replacements
  • Lockouts
  • Fuel delivery
  • Mechanic work

With our own on-site repair facility, we can serve whatever mechanical issues we aren’t able to address at the site of your breakdown. From light to medium to heavy duty vehicles, our goal is to get you back on the road as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more about our Shenandoah VA roadside repair services.

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