Roadside Emergencies
Don't Get Stranded / Be Prepared

A Roadside Emergency Will Happen - Be Ready

There are few things more frustrating than encountering vehicle troubles when you’re on the road. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling across the country or driving home from a brief shopping trip. There are certain roadside emergency situations you should have a good idea on how to manage yourself. If you find you can’t handle it, then you need to know whom to call to get help.

You Locked Yourself Out

If you cannot get your car key to work, first make sure the keyhole is clear. If your keyless entry isn’t working, the remote might need a new battery. It’s a good idea to carry a spare key or battery in your wallet or purse. However, if you locked your keys inside your car, then you might need to call a mobile locksmith to open one of the doors for you. In many cases, the locksmith can be there within the hour to get you back on the road.

Your Battery is Dead

To jump-start your car’s battery, connect the positive clamp to the positive battery terminal of another car, then the other positive clamp to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Repeat the same for the negative side. Wait a few minutes, then start the dead car. Consult your owner’s manual for more information as jump-starting a car incorrectly can severely damage electrical components. A portable jump starter may be a good investment.

You Got a Flat Tire

It’s important to know where your spare tire is and how to release and install it. With safety first in mind, properly jack up your car to access the flat tire. Remove the hubcap, then remove the lug nuts to take off the tire and rim. Place the spare tire onto the axle and tighten the lug nuts by following a star pattern. When the lug nuts are secure, replace the hubcap and lower the jack. Bring your flat tire to a tire store for repair or replacement.

If you’re stuck in mud, shift to a low gear and slowly accelerate, staying under 15 mph. Take your foot off the accelerator, let the car roll back, then use the momentum to accelerate again. Keep rocking the car back and forth until you regain traction. For tires stuck in snow, use kitty litter behind or in front of your tire to help gain traction. When all else fails, a tow truck may be your only solution.