Staying Safe if You’re Stranded on the Highway

It’s the plot of horror movies and every road trip’s worst nightmare: the moment your car comes to a grinding halt on the side of the highway. Once you’ve called a tow truck to take your car to the nearest repair shop, the waiting game begins. There are many dangers when you’re waiting on the side of the highway – here’s what we recommend to keep yourself safe:

Highway Safety Tips if You’re Stranded

Make Your Vehicle Noticeable

Once you’re pulled over, raise your hood and tie something to your antenna so that other cars and responders can see you as they come down the road. To goal is to be seen as quickly as possible, from as far away as possible so that you avoid the risk of being hit by other drivers.

Avoid Danger

Just as you have a duty not to be a distraction while you’re on the road, you also have a duty to not be a distraction while waiting for assistance. You can either choose to stay in your car or get away from it.

Exiting Your Vehicle

If you exit your vehicle, try to stand far away from your car so that you are safe in case other drivers aren’t paying attention to their surroundings. Stay away from oncoming traffic. If you’re stranded at night, carry a flashlight to keep aware of what’s going on around you. If another motorist offers their assistance, ask to see their identification and leave the information with another person or vehicle stating where you are going and when you are going to come back.

Staying in Your Vehicle

If you want to stay in the car, make sure you’re far enough away from busy traffic that no one can hit your car. Keep your windows and doors locked to keep out unwanted motorists and turn off your engine, if you can, to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. If someone comes along who seems threatening, call 911 if you have service. Honk your horn and flash your lights so that other drivers realize you’re in distress.

Contact Performance Auto today to learn how you can keep your car in the best shape.

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