Emergency Auto Assistance: Freeway Breakdowns


Crazy as it may sound, there is a peculiar beauty to highway scenes, even those depicting this rain soaked morning madness.

Granted, if you are viewing a freeway traffic jam via a web cam from the comfort of your desk, you can wax poetic all day long. It is far less entertaining if you and your broken down car are actually the reason for miles of braking red tail lights.

If you have ever been broken down or stalled in the fast lane of the freeway, you may recall feeling mighty grateful for your emergency auto assistance road side coverage.

Here are some recommendations to keep in mind if you should ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation.

What if it happens on a bridge or a freeway?

A breakdown on a freeway or bridge can be extremely dangerous. Drivers on fast-moving roads often get tunnel vision, especially on familiar highways. In some collisions, drivers claimed they didn’t even see a stalled car before they hit it, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Dos and Don’ts

  • If you are having car trouble, and there is any place to pull off, get out of moving traffic.
  • If you stall in a lane of traffic, turn on your hazard lights, and stay in the car. Never try to cross a freeway on foot.
  • Always keep an eye on approaching traffic after you’ve stopped.
  • Always wear your seat belt when waiting for help in your car.
  • If you have a cellular phone, call 911, and tell the 911 operator your location immediately. (Cellular 911 calls are routed to a central dispatch center and operators cannot determine your location.)
  • Don’t try to fix your car. It is dangerous to work under the hood, under your car, or next to your car (even if you are using emergency warning devices) in or near fast-moving traffic.
  • Be careful where you place a lighted flare. They can ignite anything flammable, including dry brush or weeds beside the road.
  • Leave pets in the car. Animals are much safer, for you and them, in the car.

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