Side of the Road Safety

Car trouble can happen without warning. When it occurs, quick thinking will help you protect yourself and your vehicle. You need to get off the roadway immediately to avoid creating a dangerous situation. Here are some things to consider when you have a car emergency or notice problems with your vehicle.

Pull over!

If you notice any trouble with your vehicle, no matter how minor, you should immediately pull over to the side of the road as safely as you can by signaling to the other cars on the road and pulling over to the shoulder – or off the road if possible. When you pull over, move as far away from the traffic as you can. Be careful when you get out of your car to avoid getting too close to the road.

car on side of road

Stay in sight

Once you pull over, you need to make sure your car is visible to other drivers and so that roadside assistance can easily spot you. Turn on your hazard lights, and in remote areas, you may need to use flares. You should keep reflective triangles in your car’s safety kit, so that in these situations, you can place them around your vehicle to make it stand out.

reflective triangles

Take stock

Once you pull over, you need to make sure your car is visible to other drivers and so that roadside assistance can easily spot you. Turn on your hazard lights, and in remote areas, you may need to use flares. You should keep reflective triangles in your car’s safety kit, so that in these situations, you can place them around your vehicle to make it stand out.

Call for help

Make a phone call to either your local mechanic, the highway patrol, roadside assistance, or even a friend or family member. Let them know where you are located, the situation and any special services. If your phone isn’t working and there is a call box nearby, you can use that to call for assistance.

Remember to always stay calm if you experience car trouble. Once you have pulled over safely, assessed the situation, and called for help, stay with your vehicle until help arrives.