What to do if Your Car Breaks Down on the Highway

During the holiday season there is an increase of people on roads, interstates, and highways headed near and far for the promise of food. While the season is great, it can create added stress to travel and if your car breaks down on the highway, it can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Luckily, with a few tips and the right tow company, you’ll be back on the road in no time.

Safely Move to the Shoulder

At the first signs of trouble, take your foot off of the accelerator. Braking suddenly may only exacerbate the problem and put you in danger. Check your mirrors, signal, and slowly make your way to the shoulder as safely as possible.

Make Your Car Visible

Once you’ve safely navigated out of the lanes of traffic, make sure your car is visible to passerby. Turn your flashers on. If it’s dark, you can also turn your interior lights on for added visibility. If you have an emergency roadside kit in your car that comes with reflected triangles, put those behind your vehicle on the shoulder, avoiding the lane of traffic.

Inspect Your Vehicle

Take a look at your car to see if you can assess where the trouble is. If it’s simply a flat tire, make sure you’re far enough away from traffic to safely change it. If it appears to be anything more complicated than that, it’s best to call in a professional. Wait for the tow truck inside your car with the doors locked if your car is safely out of traffic’s way. If you were unable to make it to the shoulder safely, and your car is still in the roadway, stand away from your car out of traffic’s way.

While You Wait

Keep an eye out for highway patrol or other emergency personnel who may be able to assist you while you wait for the tow truck. Stay in your vehicle if you are out of the lanes of traffic, or a safe distance from your car if it’s still in the roadway. It’s not advisable to walk along the interstate especially in inclimate weather, which is abundant in the Northwest.

Back on the Road

Before you know it, help will have arrived and get you started in the right direction to continue your travels safely.
Chappelle’s Towing is available 24/7 365. The next time you’re in a tricky spot you can count on us to get you out.

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