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What to Do When Your Car Breaks Down


Breaking down in the middle of a drive is one of the most dreaded situations to be in for any driver. Somehow it always seems to happen at the worst time and at the worst place. Although it can be extremely overwhelming, the first thing to do is remain calm and follow these safety precautions. Breakdowns can, without a doubt, lead to car accidents if you are in an unfamiliar location, so understanding your surroundings is essential.


First and foremost, always remember to turn on your emergency or hazard lights. Doing so will communicate to other drivers on the road that something is wrong and will allow others to take precautions when driving around your vehicle. 


If you perceive your car breaking down, deviate to the shoulder or side of the road in a safe area as soon as possible. As soon as you are positioned on the shoulder and out of harm’s way, turn your vehicle’s engine off. 


Using your phone, find and call for a tow truck or roadside assistance. Doing so will get a professional out to you quickly to assess the situation and get your vehicle off the road.


Alternatively, if your vehicle stops in the middle of the road and there’s nothing you can do to move over, you should remain in your car. Proceed to turn on your hazard lights immediately, and call the police. Reinforcement will be able to direct traffic away from your vehicle to avoid accidents.


Your safety should always be the number one priority at hand. If you find yourself in a breakdown situation in New Jersey, the first thing you should do is remain calm and get help! If your vehicle needs a repair, you can give the experts a call here at Desi Auto Care, and we can help take the stress away.

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