Whether your car has a break down or you run into a tricky situation that leaves you stranded – getting stuck on the side of the road is an incredibly unnerving experience. That’s why we’re highlighting 5 tips that will help you stay and feel safe while you wait the arrival of your roadside assistance vehicle.
Don’t just be safe, stay safe.
This goes for both remote and busy roads. When talking to your insurance broker, give them as much detail about your exact location. Make note of prominent landmarks, vegetation, surrounding shops. Giving them a mental picture will help the roadside assistance vehicle find you easier and will get you out of your situation quickly.
Don’t be bashful in this type of potentially stressful situation. Be wary of your surroundings, especially if you happen to be stuck in a remote area. Do a full scan of your surrounding before you climb out your vehicle. If you are stuck in a high traffic zone, or during rush hour, be aware of fast-moving traffic speeding past. If climbing out your car could potentially put you in harm’s way, rather wait till a tow truck or your roadside assistance vehicle arrives. These vehicles are usually well branded and will help alert fellow drivers of the situation.
If you get stuck in the middle of nowhere or in high traffic areas, make sure that while you must stay safe and out the way of danger, that you also remain visible so that your roadside assistance vehicle can easily spot you when they come to your rescue. However, be cautious with this. We suggest turning on your hazards and propping up your triangle reflector on the road to warn other cars driving past of your stationary vehicle ahead.
As soon as you feel that something is not right with your vehicle, make sure you get yourself to a safe place that can let you organise a solution without needing to be on your guard continuously. We know that life is unpredictable, and the same stands with vehicles – but most cars will give you some sort of warning before they pack up.
Be sure to have your insurance information handy for these types of situations. You never know when life’s uncertainties will spring up on you. Always have access to a phone and keep it fully charged, and remember, keep your insurance information and broker’s number close by when travelling both short and long distances. Be prepared and save their number on your phone. Or better yet, set them up on your speed dial for quick and effortless calls.
We all know how fickle life can be, and we’ve all had a car that broke down one to many times. Don’t be left stranded and feeling helpless, take to heart our 5 tips and consider them next time you find yourself in a tricky situation on the side of the road.