It’s one of those nightmare situations which none of us ever want to find ourselves in. However, it does happen every day to many people the world over. – Unfortunately, there is a good statistical chance that it will happen to you at least once – if it hasn’t already! However, as with anything, the key is knowing what to do if the situation does arise. So what are the essential steps for if your car breaks down? Follow these tips to ensure that you don’t panic if it happens to you!
Prevention is Key
The first thing to bear in mind is that prevention is better than cure. In other words, it is much better in the long run – and a lot less stressful – to keep your car in good shape. If you keep your car in a good condition, then it is much less likely that you will break down in the first place. Get your car serviced a couple of times a year, if you can. At the very least, keep an eye on the oil and water levels, and top up when necessary. You also want to keep an eye out for any rust which might be developing. Rust can be fatal to your car, so it is best to deal with it the moment you see it. Ensure too that you check the tyres on a regular basis, and pump them up when the pressure is getting too low. Following these basic housekeeping tips are far and away the best approach. Prevention is the best policy, so stay vigilant with the health of your vehicle!
If you are unfortunate enough to break down, safety must come first. What this means is that the first step should always be to ensure the safety of everyone in the vehicle, as well as anyone who might be nearby. This, of course, includes other drivers and road users. When you have broken down, make every effort to get to safety. If you can get your vehicle to the side of the road safely, then do so. If you can’t, make sure that you only leave the vehicle if it is safe to do so. Of course, all this depends on the situation – where you have broken down, how busy it is, and so on. But the main principle remains the same: safety first. Once you have assured the safety of yourself and everyone else, then you can start to consider moving on to fixing the problem.
Call Out Help
For most people, calling for recovery help is the go-to. However, it all depends on the situation and your level of know-how. For example, it might be that a tyre has blown. In this case, you might simply replace the tyre yourself if you have a spare. Otherwise, you could enlist the help of a mobile tyre fitting service to do it for you. If the problem is more serious, you might need to call a recovery service to come to you.
Get It Fixed
If you – or the mechanic – discovers an underlying, serious problem with your car, then you will want to see that it is fixed as soon as possible. Once you are home safe and sound, look into getting any issues fixed. While you’re at it, it might be worth giving the vehicle a service as well. This will make it much less likely that you break down in future.