Having a car can feel like your ticket to life. It brings you to work, school and anywhere else you want to go. That’s why if you ever get stranded somewhere, it can cause you to panic. But don’t worry, here are some go to tips for how to handle yourself if your car ever gets stranded.
Keep a Gas Can Handy
The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure that there isn’t something you can do. If you run out of gas frequently, keep a gas can in the trunk for emergencies. Another common problem that can cause your car to not be able to turn on is from the battery dying. If this is the problem, you can simply jump your car using another car and some jumper cables. It’s best to keep jumper cables in your car at all times in case of emergencies.
Coast to a Safe Location
If your car dies while you’re driving it, the best thing to do is to try to coast to a safe location off the main roadway. Turn your flashers on so other cars know that you are coasting and having troubles. You’ll want to stay in your vehicle and call a towing company. If all else fails call a family member or friend to come pick you up. Make sure you note what location you are by so you can use this to describe to a towing company or family member when they come to get you. Look for exit signs or mile markers.
Stranded on the Side of the Road
There are some misconceptions that you should only stay in your car at night. This is false! It is actually safer to stay in your car in the day and the night because if you get out of your car another car could potentially hit you. At night this is especially true because it will be dark and other people won’t be able to see you. But even during the day, this is a potential risk that you take if you get out of your car.
Stranded in the Middle of the Road
If you can’t coast your car to the side of the road before it dies, do NOT attempt to get out and push it to the side of the road. It is safer to just turn on your flashers and keep it in the middle of the road. If you feel that you are really at a potential to get hit by another car in the location that your car stopped, make sure you exit your car cautiously. Only get out if there is a much safer location that you can move to.
Call 911 if You Must
If you can’t reach a towing company to come help you, call 911. They will assist you in getting your car off the road and getting you and your riders to safety. If you choose to stay in your car and wait for services, lock your doors and your windows and do not open them to strangers. If you are choosing to sit in your car make sure you turn the engine off, so the excess fumes don’t cause you or other passengers harm.
The most important thing to do is stay calm! Make sure you have your emergency contact numbers and a charged cell phone when you drive so you are always prepared.
Written by the staff at Tiger Towing in Columbia, Mo. For reliable towing services in Mid-Missouri, contact Tiger Towing.