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What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down During a Vacation

After being cooped up for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may want to get out of the house and travel a bit. Road trips are always fun, as you get to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. The visuals of the landscape changing and different towns and cities passing by is an experience you can’t get in most other contexts.

Unfortunately, things don’t always go according to plan, and it is a real possibility that your car could stop working for one reason or another in the middle of your passage. Before you head out on any trip, you should always give your car a check-up to make sure that everything is in working order, reducing the risk of it breaking down whilst traveling, otherwise, you may need to reach out to a 24 Hour San Diego Towing Service, or wherever you may be. Although unexpected external factors may lead to such an event, you can read up on what to do if your car breaks down during a vacation, so you’re not completely caught off guard. We outline some useful tips for this kind of scenario.

Get to Safety

If you find that your vehicle is not functioning properly while you’re driving, the first thing you should do is to move off the road to a safe position. Flash your right turn signal and move over to the right when it is safe to do so. Stop your car as far away from oncoming traffic as possible. You’ll greatly reduce the possibility of danger to yourself, the people in the car with you, and other drivers. If you can’t move, but you are stopped in the middle of the road, turn on your hazard lights. In both cases, you should stay in the vehicle unless there is an immediate risk in doing so.

Call for Help and Repairs

You should next call for roadside assistance by giving your insurance provider or a motorists’ club a call. Give them your insurance or membership information, a description of your car, and its current location. If you do not have this coverage, you can also call a Towing san jose company.

In the meantime, you could also look up local auto shops in the area. It may even be wise to find some trustworthy shops along your travel route before you head out. For instance, if you are traveling up through the East Coast, you could locate a tire and repair shop in South Carolina where you can find maintenance help, should you need it there. You can let the towing or roadside assistance professional know which shop you want to have your car taken to if you have one in mind. Many roadside assistance services will alternatively have a network of shops, which will determine where your car goes. If you’ve never had your car towed before, you might be worried about it getting damaged whilst in transit. Luckily, most towing companies now use remote control products to help put your car onto the tow truck, meaning the likelihood of damage is very slim.

Roll with It

Once you have found a Towing company near by and your car is undergoing repairs, you may have to stay in the area for a few days afterward while you wait. An important part of responding to a car breakdown during a vacation is your mindset as well. Instead of just waiting around, you can enjoy your time by looking into activities you can do nearby. You may get a rental car either on your own or through your insurance that you can use to visit different attractions around you. Try to make the most of the situation and make the detour a part of your vacation. By doing so, not even unlucky incidents can put a damper on the trip.

Emily Joswiak
Author: Emily Joswiak

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