The 3 Safest Places to Wait for Roadside Assistance
Getting stranded at the roadside is an unfortunate incident that can happen to anyone for a number of different reasons and most drivers aren’t prepared to meet this type of emergency situation. In such situations, roadside assistance can be invaluable. However, it is still very important to know what to do to ensure safety while waiting for the help to arrive.
Here are the 3 safest places to wait for roadside assistance:
The Right Shoulder of the Road
Most highways have a shoulder where drivers can park their vehicle in case of an emergency. If you are stranded on the road but you can still accelerate your car, then it is recommended that you maneuver it toward the right shoulder of the road so that you stay clear of the oncoming traffic before you call roadside assistance. If you are blocking the road, it could be dangerous not only for you but other drivers as well. While some drivers may be able to dodge your vehicle quickly, others may not be able to make that quick decision. So, there’s a good chance of getting hit by other cars and ending up with more injuries or damage. That’s why you should find the nearest emergency bay and park your vehicle at the right shoulder of the road.
Inside the Car
Even if getting out of your car is possible, unless your car engine is smoking or has overheated, it is highly recommended that you stay inside the car and keep your seatbelt on. Keep in mind that your car is more visible than you are, so staying inside it will prevent further damage. It is safer to wait for the roadside assistance inside your vehicle.
Staying inside your car is also particularly necessary if you are stranded on the road at nighttime, during a storm or rain, or in an unsafe, deserted location. Keep the car’s doors locked and don’t pace around your vehicle as it can draw attention from people, particularly burglars who can take advantage of your situation and rob you during the night.
Away from the Traffic
If your vehicle breaks down on a busy highway and you think that it is safe to get out of your vehicle, then go with your instincts and exit the vehicle through the passenger door so that you are farther away from traffic. Be very careful and look both ways before you start walking towards the road, even if you are off it. If possible, wear a fluorescent jacket so that you are clearly visible to the oncoming traffic while getting out of your car.
In conclusion, getting stranded on the road can be a very frustrating experience and calling roadside assistance is the smartest thing to do in such situations. While you are waiting for the help to arrive, you want to make sure that you are safe. So, always stay alert, in the moment, and keep an eye on your surroundings.
We at Jan’s Towing strongly promote and encourage safe driving. We also know that sometimes things go wrong and you may need roadside assistance in the future. When you need help with your vehicle while on the road, Jan’s Towing offers fast & reliable towing and roadside assistance – everywhere in the San Gabriel Valley, such as Azusa, Glendora, Covina, West Covina, Arcadia, Irwindale, City of Industry, Rowland Heights, and beyond. In Inland Empire, we service the cities of Fontana, Rialto, Bloomington, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, and surrounding cities. We will respond immediately on a 24/7 basis, so give us a call right now at (626) 914-1841 if you are in need of towing or any roadside assistance!