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Vehicle Breakdowns: What To Do


Getting out of the car at a busy intersection or on a highway to change a tire or check damage from a fender bender is probably one of the worst things you can do.  The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) recommends the following precautions when your car breaks down:

1)  Never get out of the vehicle to make a repair or examine the damage on a busy highway.  Get the vehicle to a safe place before getting out. If you have been involved in an accident, motion the other driver to pull to a safe spot ahead.

2)  If you cannot drive the vehicle, it may be safer to stay in the vehicle and wait for help or use a cell phone to summon help.  Standing outside the vehicle in the flow of traffic, under most circumstances, is a bad idea.

3)  Carry flares or triangles to use for marking your location once you get to the side of the road.  Marking your vehicles location to give other drivers advance warning can be critical.  Remember to put on your hazard lights!

4) In the case of a blowout or a flat tire, move the vehicle to a safer place before attempting a repair – even if it means destroying the wheel getting there.  The cost of a tire, rim or wheel in minor compared to endangering your safety.

Click on the links below for helpful tips for this time of year.

How to Drive Safely in Heavy Wind and Rain

Winter Driving Tips

Driving Safely in Fog

Contact your licensed insurance professional for more information on safe driving.

Andrea Romo

Sales Associate | Woodland