What to Do When Your Car Breaks Down
Suffering a car breakdown is the best way to totally ruin your day, especially if you’re on a road trip hundreds of miles from home. But there are ways to get back on the road fast and with minimal stress, so follow these steps for what to do when your car breaks down.
When you start to notice vehicle issues, put on your hazard lights and pull over immediately. If you don’t have time to and you end up stuck in the middle of the road, stay in the car and call for help.
Assess what the problem is. Is your engine overheated? Did you run out of gas? Do you have a flat tire? If the problem is something you can and know how to fix yourself, great. But running out of gas or major mechanical problems are another kettle of fish.
If you have roadside assistance, give them a call. If you’re out of town, many car warranties and roadside assistance programs will cover your stay in the city you’re stuck in while they fix your car, so make sure to ask about that. Hopefully you can get a free tow to the dealership.
If you don’t have roadside assistance and the problem isn’t something you can fix, it’s time to explore other options. Running out of gas isn’t so bad if you’re close to a gas station or you have a friend nearby who can get some for you. You may ultimately have to call a tow truck, but make sure to scan all horizons first.