What to do if your car breaks down on the highway
You must take precaution when your car break down on a busy highway (e.g NH 75). It not only puts you at risk, but other car drivers as well. Don’t panic. What should you do if your car breaks down on the highway?
You can prepare, minimize stress and maintain calm by keeping the following guidelines in mind and being ready for breakdowns before they happen.
Modern cars are often vulnerable to hard-to-fix technical failures. Keyless ignition may drain batteries faster, for example, and tire-inflation kits, in lieu of spares, don’t always work. You must take preventive maintenance and repairs. But even with good maintenance, things happen – especially with today’s advanced vehicle technology.
Clear the road out of travel lane
Steer your vehicle as far out of the travel lanes as possible. Note your location for police or other responders.
If you can pull over to the side of the road, exit through the passenger-side door, away from traffic, then stand far away – behind the guardrail, if possible. Many oncoming drivers tend to steer toward whatever they’re looking at, whether it’s a crash ahead or a car breakdown on the roadside.
Next, call attention to yourself and your vehicle. You want to be seen quickly from as far a distance as possible. Turn on your hazard lights, don a reflective vest, wave a flashlight and set up reflective triangles or flares.
If you can’t remove the vehicle from the travel lane and can’t exit, contact emergency services, all National highway has toll free number, (If you are on NH75, you can contact Car Club available at Nekkilady, Uppinangady, Mangalore) Turn on your hazard lights and keep your seatbelt on.
Despite vehicle advances, it’s likely you’ll have a car breakdown at some point, such as a blown tire from a nail or roadway debris. Stay safe by being prepared for such emergencies. Kits are inexpensive and may be bought at discount or drug stores.
For car owners, there is special on road breakdown facility by CAR CLUB
To book an enquiry at CAR CLUB,
CAR CLUB includes all facilities of car servicing and repairs. It is located on National Highway 75, Nekkilady, Uppinangady, Mangalore (Location: Google Map Location)