What to do When You Have Car Trouble on the Road
Posted on June 22, 2023 by Rick Griffith
No one wants to experience car trouble while out on the open road. Unfortunately, it is a reality that we all face at some point.
When your car breaks down, it can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. However, there are steps you can take to ensure you get back on the road as quickly and safely as possible. In today’s blog, we discuss what you can do if your car breaks down on the road; whether you’re traveling locally, regionally, or nationally, we’ll touch on the following:
- Calling roadside assistance
- Contacting emergency car repair services
- Never abandon your car along the roadside
Steps to Take Before Calling for Help
When your car isn’t running as it should, it can be a stressful experience. Before you call for help, there are several steps you can take to diagnose an issue and fix it yourself.
First, look to your dashboard for any illuminated warning lights, such as:
- Check engine light
- Oil light
- Tire pressure
- Battery light
Secondly, safely exit your vehicle to conduct a visual inspection to look for signs of the following:
- Overheated engine
- Fluid leaks
- Smoke or Steam
- Flat tires
- Body damage that could leave your car inoperable (not driveable)
Lastly, following the above visual checks, you should be able to identify potential issues with your car before taking your next steps, whether it’s to:
- Reset your car’s onboard computer by shutting it off and re-starting the engine
- Call a wrecker
- Call your mechanic
In addition, these steps could save you time and money in the long run.
How to Find a Reliable Mechanic or Tow Truck Service
Searching for a reliable “auto repair shop near me” or a “tow truck service near me” can be daunting. But working with someone trustworthy and experienced ensures your car gets good service.
If you’re fortunate enough to be a Car Credit customer, you can get discounted pricing from their network of tow truck and car repair providers. Even if the warranty has run out on your Car Credit vehicle, you can continue to benefit from the deep discounts extended to Car Credit customers from those same tow truck and car repair providers for as long as you own the vehicle.
If you need a different option, you can also ask for recommendations and help from family and friends. If the auto repairs can wait, research at home by reading online reviews. With these tips, you can be sure to find a reliable mechanic or tow truck service that will provide quality care for your car.
Tips for Staying Safe While Waiting for Help
Waiting for help means staying safe on the side of the road is stressful. Whether you are waiting for a tow truck, roadside assistance, or some other form of help, staying safe while you wait is essential.
The most important tip is to stay safe and remain in your vehicle. Never abandon it along the roadside.
Finally, remain alert and be aware of your surroundings. All these tips can help ensure that your wait is safe and uneventful.
How to Prepare Yourself and Your Vehicle in Case of an Emergency Breakdown
Being prepared for an emergency breakdown on the roadway can also help you stay safe and get back on the road quickly. Knowing how to prepare yourself and your vehicle in case of an emergency breakdown is critical to ensuring a successful journey.
Here are some items you should plan to carry in your vehicle in case of an emergency breakdown, including:
- Mounted and balanced spare tire
- Portable air pump
- Car jack
- Emergency flashlight
- Jumper cables
- Flares or reflective triangles
- Hand tools: pliers, screwdrivers, wrench
- Water and non-perishable snacks
- First-aid kit
- Blankets or sleeping bag
- Extra clothing
Familiarize yourself with the location of important components under the hood, like the battery and oil dipstick, so you can quickly identify any potential problems.
Ensure your car has regular maintenance checks done by qualified mechanics to ensure your vehicle is in good operating condition before taking off.
Buy Used Cars That Are Safe and Reliable
Regardless of price, every vehicle sold at the Car Credit dealership undergoes an exhaustive safety inspection to protect you and your family. In addition, the dealership thoroughly reconditions every car for reliable transportation wherever you go.
Even if you are still making regular on-time payments, or your warranty has run out, the team at Car Credit is prepared to help tow the car to one of their partnering auto shops for preferred pricing and repairs.
If you’re ready for a new to your used vehicle that is extensively reconditioned for safety and reliability, begin by reviewing Car Credit’s wide inventory selection of cars and SUVs. As a Buy Here Pay Here dealership for the four states region of southwest Missouri, Car Credit offers a fast and seamless online credit application. So get started by applying online today!