Whether you drive a brand new 2016 Jeep® Wrangler or a used Dodge Challenger, the best defense you have against breaking down on the road is maintaining your vehicle. While following the routine maintenance schedule provided in your automobile’s owner’s manual can decrease the chances that you’ll end up stuck on the side of the road, you can reduce the odds that this will happen even further. You can do this by bringing your car into our Dodge service center before you leave for a road trip so our factory-trained technicians can make sure your vehicle is ready for your journey.
If you do experience a break down on the road, there are certain things you should do to keep yourself and other drivers safe and ensure help is able to find you. The first thing you should do is take note of where you are. Look for landmarks such as a restaurant or hospital or, if you’re on the highway, the exit or mile marker you’re the closest to.
The next thing you should do is identify what’s wrong with your automobile. If you don’t know what the problem is, listen for any unusual noises and look for signs such as steam or smoke which may help a trained technician diagnose the problem later.
If it’s possible, you should then pull off of the roadway and onto the shoulder. Be sure you pull as far away from traffic as possible. If you can’t get your vehicle off the road, turn on your emergency flashers to alert other drivers that your car is inoperable. If you think there’s a chance your vehicle may get struck from behind, look carefully to ensure a car is not approaching your vehicle, exit your vehicle, and walk to a safe location.
If your vehicle breaks down along the highway or a roadway with a high rate of speed, you have to make your vehicle is visible from far away to give approaching automobiles enough time to stop without hitting your car. Even if you don’t have flares or warning triangles, you can do this by raising your car’s hood and tying a brightly colored scarf to your antenna or door handle.
Everyone at our Dodge dealership near Orlando, FL recommends that you call for help as soon as possible if your vehicle breaks down. Safety experts agree that staying in your vehicle until a police officer or road service provider arrives is the best way to stay safe if you’re able to pull away from traffic. If you have to exit your vehicle, do so from the door that is the furthest away from oncoming traffic.
If your vehicle breaks down, have it towed to Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM Sanford. Our experts will get your car where it’s supposed to be – on the road – as quickly as possible. Give us a call, contact us online, or visit our Dodge dealership on Towne Center Boulevard in Sanford, FL to schedule your next service appointment today.