The worst has happened. Your car has given up the ghost at the side of the road. Whichever type of road this is, whether it’s a highway or a country lane, this is obviously bad news.
So what should you do next?
Well, hopefully you are in a recovery organization of some description. But even if you are not already, then there are many reliable tow services available to the public here in Edmonton, Canada (such as www.edmtowing.ca) and one of them should be able to get you back on the road again.
In the meantime, what do you do?
CALL FOR HELP NOW
The first thing you need to do is call for assistance now. You need to do this as soon as you realize that there is a problem.
This is because, depending on where you have broken down, it can take a while to reach you.
Of course, as professional tow truck service provider, our team will do their utmost to reach you in your hour of need. But it still may take longer in extreme weather conditions or places that are a long way off the beaten track!
The more you can tell the person on the other end of the phone about your actual problem, the more chance that there is of them helping you accurately, when they do send the recovery truck out to you.
Although the operator on the phone knows that not everyone is an expert mechanic, if you can get out and have a look at the car and describe the problem to them, the better the kind of help you will get.
If your cell phone is out of charge or out of range or you simply forgot to bring one with you that day, then look for an emergency telephone.
If this is too far away or you cannot find one, then you may have to try and solicit the help of a friendly passerby to help you make your emergency call. This is a last resort, however, and we would not advise it unless absolutely necessary.
We wouldn’t advise accepting a ride from a stranger.
GET TO SAFETY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
You should aim to steer your car to safety at the side of the road, as much as possible. This means attempting to get to the shoulder of the roadside.
If you can’t make your car drive that far, then give it a push. You have to do your best to make sure that you do not become an obstruction in the road, which will be dangerous for both yourself and other road users.
LIGHT IT UP
Whilst you are driving your car – or pushing it – ensure that all your emergency warning lights are on. If it is dark you will have to take care. So if you have any light clothing or reflective stripes available to make yourself more visible, then wear them.
Once you have found a suitable spot to park up and wait for the recovery vehicle to come, you should keep your lights on as well.
TAKE CARE GETTING OUT OF THE VEHICLE
If you absolutely have to get out of the car, it should be done with extreme care.
Even if you are not technically in the road itself, look carefully for on coming traffic. Remember, cars will not be expecting to see you and some drivers may not notice that you are there.
KEEP CHILDREN INSIDE THE CAR
Do not let children get out of the car. They should remain inside and seated, still wearing their seat belts.
If you have a child lock in your car, ensure it is on.