Tips For Handling Roadside Emergencies


How ready are you to handle car breakdowns and flats or a dead car battery in the middle of nowhere on a road you are not familiar with, out of state? While you needn’t be a trained to handle issues like these, you do need to have some basic knowledge to rely on. And when it comes to roadside emergencies, the first thing to consider is speed. Fast speed of handling things, to be more precise. Here is what we mean.

Create Your Own Car Emergency Kit

  • Make sure it includes the owner’s manual and get one yfrom your car dealer if it is missing. Learn how to change tires and find out what all the warning lights mean.
  • Buy LED Flameless Flare as they last a lot longer than regular flaming road flares.
  • Keep a charged cell phone inside the car at all times so you can use it to call 911, the fire department, car mechanics, or mobile automotive locksmiths. Put the essential emergency numbers of the nearest hospitals, local authorities, emergency lockout services, or your nearest relatives on speed dial.
  • Add a notebook and mechanical pencil to your emergency kit so you can use them to write in any position in case of an emergency and record all the necessary accident information that the police might find useful.

Maintain Your Car In Top Shape

Keep an eye on your warning lights and do what you are supposed to do when you see them turning on. If you notice the charging system light on, immediately take the car to the nearest car repair shop in the area. If the ABS light is on, your anti-lock brake system is probably dealing with some kind of a problem. Drive the vehicle and operate brakes, but pay special attention to slippery roads. When possible, go to the mechanic’s. If you notice your locks or transponder key are not listening to your commands the way they should, have them checked by a professional locksmith. You can take a look at the flat rates used by this local Austin locksmith company fore their emergency lockout services here and memorize their number on your phone or agenda. If you are ever in the area and you are confronted with lock trouble, jammed ignition, or accidental lockouts or the loss of your transponder key, they will immediately reach you and handle your problems. Avoid flying outside of the car while driving because your loose locks cannot keep the doors closed anymore- this is a common occurrence if using improper locks on the doors.

Finally, pay special attention to the brake light; if you see it on, verify the brake pedal. Can you operate it properly? If you think it is too spongy or goes to the floor, pull over and tow the car to the nearest available service. If this is not the case, see if you have sufficient brake fluid level in the reservoir. Add more if needed.