Back in the day, kids were required to take Driver’s Ed Training in school. There was something good about that. In particular, I remember the day that we learned what to do when you have trouble on the road. In the interest in driver safety, I’d like to share this information with you.
1. Always make sure your spare tire has air and is in good repair. There is nothing worse than having a flat and realizing your spare is no good. Make sure your jack and all parts are where they need to be.
2. Keep a flashlight with batteries or a power adapter in your trunk at all times. It’s also a good idea to have jumper cables, gloves, and a can of “Fix a Flat.”
3. Make sure your emergency flashers work and you know how to turn them on.
4. Know the signals of a flat tire: your car starts to drift to one side of the road or another, you “feel” the tire blow, you hear a loud sound coming from one of the wheel wells, or worst of all, you have trouble controlling your vehicle.
5. If you suspect a blow out, get over to the right shoulder of the road as quickly as possible, out of the path of on ramps or exits. If you are on a major highway and you can get off safely, do it. Turn your emergency flashers on at the first sign of trouble to alert other drivers of your need to move over in traffic.
6.Once you are safely off the highway or major thoroughfare, survey the damage to your vehicle, but only if it is safe to do so. If you do not feel safe getting out of your car, use your cell phone to call for roadside assistance.
Many accidents happen when a motorist is pulled over tring to assess or fix a problem. Don’t make your minor incident (a flat tire) become a major accident. Use precautions and be careful. If you are in an accident as a result of you auto troubles, contact David M. Van Sant. He’s a personal injury attorney that will make sure you are treated fairly by insurance companies, other drivers, and the court system.