Help! My Car Just Broke Down, What Should I Do?

Nobody backs out of their driveway and sets out for the day expecting to deal with a broke down vehicle. However, it could happen to anyone at virtually anytime. At Pit Shop Auto Repair, we always stress the importance of preventative maintenance so you can possibly avoid these situations, but even the most well-maintained cars could end up on the side of the road. If you do find yourself in this unfortunate situation, we want you to be prepared and stay safe with these emergency guidelines.

Turn on Your Hazard Lights

Typically, you can sense when a breakdown is about to happen. It might be a sudden;y rough or jumpy ride, a check engine light going crazy, or an overheating engine. At the first sign of trouble, turn on your flashers. This alerts other drivers that you are having a problem and need to be allowed to get over immediately. The last thing you need is engine failure and to be involved in a potentially dangerous accident. If you are unable to pull over hazard lights will also let oncoming drivers know you are there so they can safely get around you.

Move Your Vehicle to Safety if You Can

If you are able to get your car to safety, do it. While a well-lit safe parking area is preferred, if there isn’t one immediately available, you will need to move to the side of the road. If you do have to pull to the side of the road, once it is safe put out the reflective triangles or road flares from your emergency kit. If you don’t have any readily available, keep your hazards on.

Call for a Roadside Assistance

If you have a roadside assistance plan with your insurance company or an organization like AAA, now is the time to give them a call. If you don’t you will need to call a tow truck yourself so you can safely get your car to your trusted mechanic. Never leave your car unattended.¬†While you wait for your tow, stay in your car with the doors locked and only open them for the tow truck driver, roadside assistance, or the authorities. As well-meaning as helpful strangers may be, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

If you find yourself broken down in Libertyville, have your vehicle towed to Pit Shop Auto Repair where we can handle all of your auto repair and service needs.