When your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, it can be a frightening and frustrating experience. If you don't have anyone to call when you need help, it can frustrate you even more. A few months ago, my truck quit on the way to work. Since I work and live in a rural area, finding someone to give me a lift to the city isn't always easy. Luckily, my employer sent a tow truck driver to help me out. The driver towed my car to a shop in town to get it repaired. The driver also offered a few tips on how to stay safe in a rural area. If you need advice or information about towing, read my blog. I show you how to keep cool under tough situations and what to do when you need towing help. Thanks for visiting.
During warmer weather, wildlife tends to cross roadways when searching for food, water, or a partner to mate with. If you hit a wild animal like a deer, bear, or raccoon, when driving, you will want to take the proper steps in staying safe should your vehicle become immobile from the impact. Here are some steps you can follow in retaining assistance while staying safe in the process.
Alert Other Motorists You Are Unable To Move
If you cannot pull your vehicle to the side of the road after hitting an animal, it will become important to let others on the roadway know your vehicle has been immobilized so no one hits it. If it is daytime, put on your emergency hazard lights so upcoming traffic knows to slow down as they get closer to your vehicle. If the incident happens at night, it is better to turn on your interior lights and pop your trunk so it lifts upward. If you use your hazard lights when it is dark, someone may think you are just driving slowly, leading them to hit your vehicle if they do not brake in time.
Call For Help Immediately
If you are injured, call for an ambulance to be dispatched to the area immediately. If you do not have a cell phone, and a passing motorist stops to check on your condition, crack your window and ask them to call for medical assistance. If you are not injured, call a tow truck, like one from Martinez Towing, to come to the area to remove your vehicle from the road. It is best to alert local police as well so they are aware there is a vehicle in the road that could become a hazard to other vehicles. They will most likely dispatch an officer to the scene to divert traffic around your vehicle so a further accident is not imminent.
Stay Alert And In A Safe Location
If there is nowhere along the side of the road where you feel safe waiting for assistance, stay inside your vehicle until someone arrives. Keep watch in your review mirror to make sure no one gets too close to your vehicle and beep your horn if you feel someone does not realize your vehicle is grounded. If you think you would be safer outside of your vehicle, use the passenger side to let yourself out so you can get yourself onto to the shoulder of the road to await help.