Today’s modern vehicle are tremendously reliable, compared to cars and trucks of past decades, many car owner go there entire life without an unexpected breakdown. That being said vehicles are not perfect machines which means that they are susceptible to breaking down or having issues which may lead you to being stranded on the highway. Being stranded, especially at night is a very harrowing and stressful experience.
Because it’s a uncommon occurrence, many people are often unsure, or unprepared of what steps to take next, so today we wanted to cover a few tried and true steps that our Portland, Oregon customers can take to help navigate the situation.
Ensure The Safety of The Vehicle
The first thing you should do is check your vehicle and make sure that it is safe to stay in it. This means that you should take note if you smell gas or if you’re in immediate danger. If you are, then you should immediate move away from the vehicle so that you are no longer in danger. In the event that the vehicle is safe, you should always put on your hazard lights so that other motorists are aware of your vehicle and can see it, so that any accidents can be avoided. Also, by putting on your hazard lights, any passing police or emergency services will stop to render assistance.
Get Your Bearings
Next, you need to find out exactly where you are. If you are unfamiliar with your surroundings, all you need to do is use the GPS on your smart phone so that you can identify your exact location. If you have friends or family members that you trust, you should call them immediately to let them know what is going on. If possible, you should ask them to come and retrieve you and help tow your vehicle home.
Call For Help
In the event that this is not possible and you have roadside assistance, you should call them. Most insurance companies provide roadside assistance in the event of emergencies such as your car shutting down on the road or highway. Once you call them, be sure to give your exact location and ask how long they will take to arrive. Most good roadside companies will take less than an hour to arrive and they will tow your vehicle as well as drop you home or bring another vehicle for you to use.
Once you are waiting for assistance, it is best that you stay within your vehicle and be sure to lock the doors. The last thing you want to do is be standing on the side of the highway where you are more susceptible to being knocked over by another vehicle or even robbed by bandits. If you sense that you’re in danger and there are suspicious people nearby, you should call the police immediately and give them your location.
In closing, getting stranded on the Portland highway at night can be very stressful and scary. However, if you follow the guidelines above, you’ be just fine.
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