What To Do If You Break Down

Inevitably, you will experience the displeasure of a breakdown. Don’t stress. If you handle the situation calmly with the proper tools and knowledge at your disposal, the situation can be a hiccup rather than a disaster. Here’s a quick list to get you through with minimal stress and danger.
1. Move the vehicle to the right side of the road, out of the flow of traffic. Stopping on the left side of a divided highway can be dangerous, slows traffic, and limits your accessibility to those aiding you. Staying by the road allows you to remain visible, but always be sure you can open your door without opening into oncoming traffic.
2. Turn on your four way flashers. Popping the hood and attaching a white piece of cloth to the antenna are universal signs of distress.
3. Use your cellphone to contact a friendly and knowledgeable Farmingdale Auto Repair Facility. Knowing your vehicle is in the hands of ASE Certified technicians who will properly diagnose and repair your vehicle up to factory specifications. Your shop will get you in contact with a Tow Company or the necessary Roadside Assistance program.
4. The ultimate goal from this point on is your safety. A Bethpage area Auto Repair Shop can take care of your car. Keep your focus on taking care of yourself. Stay with your vehicle. If a gas station is at the corner, that’s one thing. But if you’re unfamiliar with the area or stranded on the highway, it’s best to remain with the vehicle and wait.
5. If weather and environment permit, move yourself and all passengers off the road and away from the vehicle. Exit the vehicle away from traffic. This may mean going through the passenger’s side door. Once exiting, do not stand in the front or rear of the vehicle.
6. If you are in cold weather and must stay in your vehicle, avoid turning the engine off if possible. If you battery is weak, it may not have enough power to start your vehicle again. This means you’re stranded and cold.
7. Be prepared! Keep a sealable container for flares, flashlights, jumper cables, blankets, and a first aid kit.
8. Know your car. More specially, know where you spare tire, jack, and other tools are in your car. Next time you check your tire pressure, check the spare as well. If you have any questions about your vehicle maintenance or if your car is behaving strangely, contact your nearest ASE Certified Auto Repair Center in the Bethpage, Farmingdale, and Plainview area.
The easiest way to avoid these hassles is to keep on top of your maintenance and get to know your car. Is your vehicle making a strange sound or smell? Is the temperature gauge running hotter than normal? These minor changes are easy to ignore, but paying attention and addressing them head on will save you time, money, and stress in the long run.