When driving down the road, the last thing you want to see is smoke coming out from under the hood of your car. Furthermore, the last thing you want to hear is the sound of a flat tire. So if something like this happens to you, the best thing to do is to pull over to the side of the road until you’re able to figure out what’s going on and get the help you need. However, being on the side of the road can open you up to certain risks.
So to help you manage and mitigate these risks, here are three ways to stay safe if you have to pull over to the side of the road.
- Stay In Your Vehicle At All Times
Although you might need to get out of your car briefly to check on what’s gone wrong, unless you’re able to safely make the fix on your vehicle yourself, it’s best to just stay in your car and wait for help to arrive.
If you get out of your car, there’s a much better chance of another driver not being able to see you and then you getting hit by a car. So if you’re able to, stay in your car. Also, keep the doors locked while in your car so you can better protect yourself. And if someone does stop and approaches your car, just roll your window down enough to inform them that help is on the way.
- Don’t Accept A Ride From Someone You Haven’t Already Contacted
In situations when you aren’t able to call for the help you need and you can’t fix the vehicle on your own, you might have to walk to get help. If this is the case, you should avoid accepting a ride from anyone that you don’t know or haven’t already contacted to come and pick you up.
While it might seem like a nice gesture for someone to stop and offer help, it’s wise not to put yourself in a position where you’d have to defend yourself or risk getting taken advantage of in one way or another.
- Keep Something In The Vehicle For Self Defense
In a pinch, you likely have quite a few items in your car that you could use as a weapon for self defense if it came to that. But to help you feel even more secure in the event that you’re stranded somewhere with your car, it’s wise to keep some kind of actual weapon that you could use for self defense. This might include pepper spray, a knife, or even a concealed carry firearm.
If you ever find yourself stuck on the side of the road with a broken down vehicle, consider using the tips mentioned above to help keep yourself safe.