Eventually all of us will encounter an emergency situation while traveling on the road, which can be potentially dangerous. Maintaining your composure and following a few basic procedures will get your through the situation safely. Whether it’s a tire blow-out, engine stall or other major malfunction, you will need to follow a basic guideline.
Below is a check list of tips to follow:
At the first sign of tire trouble, grip the steering wheel firmly.
Don’t apply the brakes, unless you need to in order to control the car to safety.
It’s better to let the car slow down gradually by taking your foot off the gas pedal.
Work your vehicle toward the breakdown lane or, if possible, toward an exit.
If it is necessary to change lanes, signal your intentions to drivers behind and do so smoothly and carefully, watching your mirrors and the traffic around you very closely.
Steer as your vehicle slows down. It is better to roll the car off the roadway (when you have slowed to 30 miles per hour) and into a safe place than it is to stop in traffic and risk a rear-end or side collision from other vehicles.
When all four wheels are off the pavement—brake cautiously until you stop.
It’s important to have the car well off the pavement and away from traffic before stopping, even if proceeding to a place of safety means rolling along slowly with a flat tire.
Once off the road, turn on your emergency flashers.
Remember that being safe must take precedence over your schedule or whatever other concerns you may have. Therefore, it may be best to get professional help if you have a breakdown on a multi-lane highway.
Don’t stand behind or next to your vehicle. If possible, stand away from the vehicle and wait for help to arrive.
All interstate highways and major roads are patrolled regularly. Also, some highways have special “call-for-help” phones. If you have a cell phone you can call right from the roadside. It is inadvisable to walk on a multi-lane highway. However, if you can see a source of help and are able to reach it on foot, try the direct approach by walking but keeping as far from traffic as possible.
A sure sign of spring are potholes. As the ground thaws out from winter, the damage to our road ways can be devastating. Hitting these potholes with your car can be devastating also. Potholes can damage your tires, rims, suspension and other steering components. It can even affect your wheel alignment, which can shorten the life of your tires.
While you should do your best to avoid potholes, sometimes they are unavoidable. Here are a few tips you need to know about potholes and how they can affect your car:
If the steering is off-center after you hit a pothole, your wheel alignment needs to be checked or it may be an indication of damage to a steering or suspension component
If you notice the steering wheel shaking, this is an indication of a wheel balance problem or damage to either the tire or rim
Does the car pull to one side? This is another indication of an alignment problem or component damage
Does the car ride rough and not handle on the road the way it used to? This may be an indication of damage to the springs, shocks or struts
A complete bumper to bumper inspection by your trained auto professional will reveal any pothole related issues or alignment problems.
Contact us for a free “Pothole Damage Inspection”.
New NHTSA Study Shows Improved Vehicle Design Contributing to Historic Decline in Roadway Deaths and Injuries
Wearing Your Seatbelt
The U.S has seen a dramatic decrease in the fatality rate and injury rate from vehicle crashes since 2006. This is good news for the motoring public. Features such as anti-lock brakes, traction control, air bags, intelligent seat belt systems, night-vision display, rear facing cameras, crumple zones and other safety features, all contribute to safer road ways. Read full article.
Get ready for the harsh conditions of fall and winter by getting your car serviced with a maintenance package. Get smart and prevent costly repairs down the road. Your car will perform better, as well as substantially improve the resale value.
Now is the Best Time To Get Your Car Ready for Fall…
Fall Maintenance Package:
Change oil & filter (up to 5 qts conventional oil)
Rotate tire and balance if needed
Test antifreeze, check hoses and belts
Test battery and charging system
Inspect tires, adjust air pressure
Add BG Engine Treatment and Fuel Cleaner to maximize engine performance and fuel economy.
Driving you car should be effortless. Loss of strength or flexibility can make it harder to safely control you car. If you have trouble looking over your shoulder to change lanes, moving your foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal or turning the steering wheel, you need to tell your doctor. Physical problems that impede your reaction time can jeopardize your safety and the safety of others on the road. In addition, you need to be aware of fatigue behind the wheel. Know your limitations. Driving long distances can lead to pain and cramps in your back, legs and ankles.
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