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How to avoid additional trouble if your car breaks down

There is never a good time for your car to breakdown. It doesn't matter where you are, this is sure to raise your anxiety level.

You'll have a lot running through your mind, but it's important to focus on your safety and well-being above all else. Here are some things you can do to avoid additional trouble if your car breaks down:

  • Call for help: Rather than get out of your vehicle to assess the situation, call for help and stay put. For example, you could call a tow truck to come to assist you with a repair or to move your vehicle to safety.
  • Watch for passing traffic: For example, if you breakdown on the side of the highway, fast-moving vehicles are sure to be in close proximity to the shoulder of the road. If you get out of your car, there's always a chance you could be struck by one of these vehicles.
  • Turn on your flashers: You want to let everyone know what's going on, including other drivers and emergency personnel. In addition to your flashers, tie a piece of clothing to the door handle.

You hope that your car never breaks down, but this could happen when you least expect it.

If you're injured after a breakdown, such as by a passing motorist, call 911 and stay where you are until help arrives.

Once you receive treatment, you should learn more about the cause of the accident. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to hold the other party responsible for their negligent behavior.

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