Don't get scared if your car suddenly stops in between a dark scary road! Many car troubles you can fix yourself in a pinch if you have little knowledge and the right tools and equipment in your car.
If your car starts acting funny or suddenly stops while you’re driving, the first thing to remember is to be safe while pulling it off the road. Put on your hazard lights Stay inside with the doors and windows locked until someone come to help you.
There are a few things you should check first when your car breaks down.
1. If your car won’t start, check the battery, the gas level, look under hood for disconnected hoses or wires, and check the fuses. A burnt out fuse is easily determined, if the end of the fuse if burnt and split in two then it is burned out and needs to be replaced.
2. If your car is overheating you can check the coolant level and look for fluid leaks. Wait until the car has cooled down to add more fluid. When the car is running, check to see if the fan is turning, if it is not then the fan belt could be broken and needs to be changed.
3. If you smell something funny determine what type of smell it is. If it is an oil smell this would indicate an oil leak. An exhaust smell indicates a leak in the exhaust system.
4. If the car is sluggish you may have gotten some bad gasoline or you need to change your fuel filter. Get to the nearest gas station and put in some fuel injector cleaner if your car has a fuel injector.
The things that you should always carry in your car in case of emergency are:
Everything needed to change a flat tire. A working jack, a spare tire, lugnut wrench, and a pipe (for leverage), flashlight with spare batteries, triangle reflectors or flares, a piece of paper and pen, a sign that says call police, funnel, two quarts of oil, a gallon of water and antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering fluid, spark plugs, extra belts, automatic transmission fluid, jumper cables, blanket or towel, spare fuses, cash money, an empty gas and a tool kit with the basic tools