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Most Common Roadside Emergencies and How To Prepare

July 24, 2019, 4:05pm EDT

Getting ready for an exciting road trip or out-of-town visit is exhilarating. But, picture this: you're all set to hit the road, and suddenly, a dead battery, flat tire, or smoking engine throws a wrench into your plans. We've all been there. Finding an honest mechanic far from home is the last thing you want. But what if you could handle these situations yourself? Here are some simple steps for tackling the most common car emergencies. 

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Flat Tire

  1. Park safely, turn off your engine and use the emergency brake.
  2. Place a brick or tire stop behind the good tire.
  3. Loosen lug nuts (don't remove them) using your lug wrench.
  4. Position the jack in the recommended area, lift your car and remove the nuts.
  5. Replace the flat tire with your spare and secure it with the lug nuts.
  6. Lower your vehicle, tighten the lug nuts, and you're good to go.

Dead Battery

Use jumper cables and another running car to jump-start your vehicle. Check our blog for a detailed guide.

Overheated Engine

  1. Turn off your car immediately and open the hood.
  2. Let the engine cool down.
  3. Check the oil level using the dipstick; refill if low.
  4. Inspect the coolant level and top it off.
  5. If the coolant is low, look for leaks. If found, consult a mechanic.

Running on Empty

  1. Pull over and park, using hazard lights if necessary.
  2. Determine your location using GPS, smartphone, or map.
  3. Find fuel. Walk to the nearest gas station or seek help from a passing motorist.
  4. If all else fails, contact a towing company or roadside assistance.

Don't let car troubles ruin your journey. With these tips, you can take control and get back on the road with confidence. Remember, being prepared can save the day and keep your adventure on track.

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