How to Alleviate the Fear of Breaking Down

Not gonna lie. Breaking down on the highway is a nerve-racking ordeal, especially at night. Phone booths are almost things of the past so we need to rethink the situation. Most of us don’t deal well with the unexpected. However, preparing ourselves is the best defense to minimize the upset. The following tips will help you mentally prepare for those occasions when your car breaks down. Add them to your mental checklists and you’ll be ready when the time comes to take action and get yourself to safety.

1. Get to the shoulder of the road. If your car is operable then the safest place to be is out of the flow of traffic. Staying in traffic lanes can increase the probability of further injury to your car and to you. It is best to find a level surface upon which to stop.

2. Take a minute or two to calm down. Once you are out of traffic breathe and compose yourself. Tell yourself you’re going to be okay. If you’re with another passenger reassure each other. It can be difficult. But just know that you can make better decisions when your mind is calm.

3. Make yourself visible. All cars are equipped with hazard flashers. Find yours and turn them on. Always have an emergency kit on board that includes reflective triangles or other reflective devices. Although it is advisable to stay in your car there are times when you must get out. Be extremely cautious when exiting the car to place the reflective devises in the road.

4. Call for help. Phone booths and call boxes are almost non-existent. Always carry a phone with you. Make sure to always enter your car having a charged phone battery. Keep a phone charger in your glove box or console so you will never run out of power for your phone. AAA has an app for your phone that allows you to call for roadside assistance. Check your insurance policy to see if this service is part of your premium. Keep all important phone numbers in your phone and also written down in your car.

5. Don’t try to fix your car. Many injuries happen while people are on the road. Emergency roadside service workers are trained to handle this situation. They have tow trucks with lights to warn other drives.

6. Never accept help from an unofficial source. Unfortunately there are people who take advantage of those most in need. These people may end up charging you huge amounts of money once they get you to safety. Also, they may cause you physical harm. Wait for the roadside assistance people that you called. Ask them to identify themselves and verify that they are in fact the people you called.

According to the National Safety Council they recommend the following additional life-saving tips:

· Do not try to flag down other vehicles for help. Do no rely upon the help of passing motorists.

· Hang something white out of the window so police officers or road side assistance knows you need help.

· Do not stand behind or next to the vehicle as you risk being injured.

The team at Becker Tire is concerned about your safety. We too can provide roadside assistance in the Orange County area. Please keep our number in your contacts 1–888–799–7909. Visit any of our four stores in Orange, Anaheim, and our newest shop in Fountain Valley, or visit www.beckertire.net. Be careful out there. See you next time.

Written by Anne Kruse