What to Do if Your Vehicle Breaks Down
Stay Safe During Road Trip Season
It happens to the best of us. We are rolling along, singing our favorite driving song, and suddenly there’s a clunk, a sputter, or a grinding noise. The car has broken down. You know enough to move it to the side of the road to get out of the way of traffic, but is there more that should be done?
Big Sky Collision Center wants to make sure you’re enjoying your vehicle. That doesn’t happen when it’s broken on the side of the road! But getting it back into working order as soon as possible, and as safely as possible, can have you feeling good about it again. Here are 4 tips to know now, so you are safe later.
Alert Others to Your Situation
Of course you will want to make sure that other people see you and are able to move over to give you room. Especially if you want to change a tire. Click those hazard lights on, and open up your hood. A hood up is a sign to anyone that you’re in trouble. But a lot of our Montana roads and highways don’t have that great of visibility. We recommend some triangular warning signs that can be placed behind the car (usually about 100 feet, 50 feet and right by the car). They can be picked up on Amazon, 3 of them for $16. Take a look at what else you should have in your trunk in case of emergencies.
Stay with your Vehicle
If you have called for roadside assistance, you have to do this. Most won’t be able to do anything if you’re not by the vehicle and able to give instructions and confirmation. But it’s also for your safety. Even if it’s just a couple of miles to where you can get inside, you’re going to be much safer with the vehicle than walking on the side of the road.
If it’s a busy street or highway, and you can’t move safely a good distance off the pavement, stay inside the car. The vehicle itself will provide protection if an inattentive driver hits your broken down vehicle.
Call for Help; Let Friends Know where you are
If something does go very wrong, more people that know where you are and what happened is always better. If you feel unsafe, call for a police, sheriff, or highway patrol. Then let a few friends know what happened, and where you are.
Worst case scenario, an ill intended person takes advantage of your situation. You want to be found quickly, and more people that have a heads up will help authorities track down your whereabouts. Here in Montana that’s not very likely to happen, but we should be prepared.
Don’t Attempt to Learn Auto Repair
If you know what you’re doing, you can look under the hood and see if a hose, tube, wire, or something else has come disconnected. But most of us don’t know mechanics, and despite how good we are at problem solving, it’s almost guaranteed to make things worse if you start poking around under the hood.
Instead, just leave it alone, and let the experts deal with the problem when they have time to look at it in the shop.
Big Sky Collision Wants You to Be Safe
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is that you enjoy your vehicles and you do so in a safe manner. Obviously proper maintenance is going to help avoid most of those breakdowns on the side of the road. But we have wildlife, rough roads, and hail storms that can sneak up on us. If your vehicle is damaged and can’t be safely driven, then don’t drive it! Bring it to the best auto body repair shop in Billings, and we will get it back to safe driving condition.