What to Do When Your Car Breaks Down

Posted on 21th, Jan 20

It happens to the best of us: we’re just driving along, going about our day, when our car just decides to take a nap! A car break-down is stressful at the best of times, as well as highly inconvenient. At Southside Towing Sydney, we’re passionate about helping motorists know how to deal with nerve-wracking situations, so we’ve put together a few tips for you. Keep reading on to find out what they are!

What to Do when your car breaks down

1. Don’t Panic: You Got This.

If your car breaks down, it’s important to try and keep calm and breathe. Sure, it’s not the best situation to be in, but it doesn’t have to get any worse!

2. Put Your Emergency Blinkers On

If your car is showing signs of trouble, such as no longer being able to accelerate or the engine shuts off, it’s very important to put your warning lights on immediately. It will let motorists behind you know to give you space, as well as to not beep at you thinking you’re just a slow driver. It will also allow motorists to be more conscientious of you when you’re finding a place to park your vehicle.

3. Pull Over to the Side of the Road

Before you start trying to figure out the root cause of your car trouble, get your vehicle to a safe place as fast as possible: ideally at the side of the road or somewhere you can park away from traffic. Your vehicle will still have some momentum going even if the battery dies, which you can use to carefully take your car off the road.

4. Get Out of Your Car on the Unexposed Side

A common mistake during a vehicle breakdown is getting out of the side of your car that is exposed to traffic. It might be a little awkward, but you should exit your car on the safe side – even if you must crawl over the gearstick.

5. Make Sure You’re at Safe Location

Sometimes being on the side of the road can still put you in a vulnerable position. It’s important to place you and your fellow passengers as far from oncoming traffic as possible.

6. Have Your Car Collected by a Trusted Sydney Towing Service

After a breakdown, you’ll need someone to help tow or jumpstart your car: this can be your roadside assistance provider who can send a tow truck driver, or you can contact a tow truck company directly. Either way, if your vehicle requires towing services in Sydney, it’s important to choose a trusted business who is fully licensed and insured such as the 24/7 service Southside Towing. Our highly trained team is prompt, professional and will go above and beyond to put an end to your stressful situation.

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