Summer is almost over. It will soon be time for you to head to college. If you'll be driving yourself, you'll need to be prepared for emergencies. You never know when car troubles will occur. When they do, you'll need to know what to do to keep yourself safe. This is particularly important if you're going to be traveling along isolated stretches of road.
The first thing you need to do before you head off to college is make sure your insurance policy includes roadside assistance. If it doesn't, you'll need to add that before you leave. Roadside assistance coverage will ensure that you get the help you need, right when you need it. Here are four steps you should take if you encounter car troubles while you're traveling to college.
Pull to the Side of the Road
If you have car trouble while you're driving, the first thing you need to do is pull to the side of the road. You want to get your car as far off the road as possible. If you're traveling in the fast lane, and your car won't make it to the outside shoulder, pull as far over to the left as you can. Turn your hazard lights on immediately. This will make you more visible to passing motorists.
Call for Assistance
Once you're safely off the road, you'll need to call for roadside assistance. Give the dispatcher as much information as you can provide. If you don't know exactly where you are, give them the road you're on, and the name of the last street sign you passed. These details will provide the dispatcher with enough information to get help out to you. While you're on the phone, be sure to ask for the name of the tow truck service that will be assisting you. That way, you know it's the right tow company when they show up to assist you.
Don't Get Out of Your Car
After you've called for assistance, remain inside your car. Don't get out of your car for any reason, especially if the road is isolated, or it's dark outside. You're safer inside your car with your doors locked. If someone approaches to offer assistance, leave your windows up, and let them know that you've already called for roadside assistance. If they continue to persist, don't be afraid to call 9-1-1 for help.
Ask for Identification
Once the tow truck arrives, be sure to ask the driver for identification. They should be carrying a card that identifies the company they drive for. This will ensure that you're opening your door to someone who's supposed to be there, and who is there to help you.
If you encounter car troubles on your way to college, be sure to use the tips provided here to keep yourself safe.