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6/22/2012 - What to do after a breakdown


Those changing a flat tire need to stay out of traffic.

While many auto insurance providers offer roadside assistance services for policyholders in the event their car breaks down, no one wants to have go through the experience. However, because these things happen, it is important to know what to do so motorists stay safe. Vehicle repair resource AutoMD.com provides commuters with some recommendations.

One of the most important things to do after a breakdown is to pull the vehicle to the side of the road as quickly and safely as possible. Once there, apply the parking brake and turn on the emergency hazards so other commuters can see the vehicle.

While some motorists may have the skills necessary to diagnose a car problem, the automotive website says individuals who are unfamiliar with car repair should call for help, ideally a family member or their insurer if they offer towing services.

Ideally, it is best to stay in the vehicle until help arrives, but if necessary, exit out the door that is far removed from traffic flow to avoid oncoming traffic, the automotive website suggests.

Finally, if it's been determined that the cause of the breakdown was a flat tire, AutoMD cautions drivers not to change it if they have never done it before. Roadside assistance services may be better able to help.

For more safety tips on what to do if your vehicle breaks down, click here.

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