What to do if Your Car Breaks Down

No matter how reliable you think your car is it is always possible for a complication to occur, resulting in the breakdown of your trusty vehicle and possibly leaving you stranded. It always pays to be prepared and the same principle applies when you are travelling by car.

When you first notice your car is not running as it should then pull over safely to the side of the road so you are out of the way of oncoming traffic.

Once you have got your car off the road you should switch on your hazard lights to alert other drivers of your stationary vehicle. It is also important to remember to get in and out of your car using the door that is furthest away from the traffic.

A few simple tools are often all it takes to repair any damage or change a flat tyre and the ladies out there are just as capable of this as men, so long as they don’t mind getting their hands dirty!

Teaching yourself basic car repair is a good starting point to help avoid any unnecessary hold-up’s when out and about.

Knowledge of how to connect the battery as well as how to check the oil and radiator fluid levels could come in handy and all are easy ways to quickly and easily identify any problems which may be stopping your wheels from turning.

Getting a puncture is a common occurrence so it makes sense to know how to swap your flat tyre for the spare one should the occasion arise.

If you are not able to identify why your car is not working then you will need to call for some help and assistance. Having a functioning mobile phone is essential for this process. If you have breakdown cover then you should telephone your provider so a rescue vehicle can be sent to save the day.

If you do not have breakdown cover then do not fear as you could call a local service station or garage to at least have your car towed to a safer place and then you can arrange for the necessary repairs to be made.

If you are not too far from home then you can always rely upon friends or family to help you out in a time of need.

Other handy things to keep in your car include a flashlight in case you break down during nightfall and reflective warning triangles which help to protect both you and your vehicle in case of a breakdown.

Regardless of whether you are male or female, try to exercise common sense and keep your wits about you if you need to find help, especially under the cover of darkness. If safety is a worry, especially if you are travelling long distances or through desolate areas, then having car breakdown cover in place is probably the easiest and most hassle free way to get yourself back on the road in no time.

Source by Adam Singleton

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