Car Break Down Safety Tips

Yesterday a woman was struck and killed on the Daniel Boone Bridge after her car broke down in the middle of the bridge.

One of the scariest things for a motorist is having your car break down on a busy road. And, it can be especially dangerous if it happens after dark, during inclement weather, or on a bridge.

The most important thing to remember in a break down situation is to remain calm and keep your wits about you. Remaining calm can help you navigate this stressful situation safely.  The number one priority is the safety of you and your passengers.

If you have a tire blow out, an engine failure, or run out of gas, follow these helpful tips:

  1. If possible, get your car out of the flow of traffic lanes. This means pulling as far over to the right as possible and onto the shoulder, emergency lane or into grass on the side of the road.
  2. Even if you have a flat tire, continue driving until your car is out of the traffic lanes. If you are on a bridge – continue driving until you are safely across.
  3. If you are in a dangerous spot such as a busy highway or bridge – call 911 immediately and let them know your location. The State Highway Patrol can respond quickly and help you out of the situation.
  4. Turn on your hazards and, if it’s dark, keep your vehicle running and the lights on.
  5. It is highly recommended that you remain inside your vehicle with your seatbelt fastened.
  6. If you feel you must exit the vehicle, only do so if you are absolutely sure you can make it safely across all lanes of traffic.  Proceed quickly to the right side of the road and walk at least 2 car lengths in the direction of the oncoming traffic. You want to avoid being near the car in case a rear-end collision occurs.
  7. When calling 911 or roadside assistance, know your exact location. If you have cell service, you can use your phone’s GPS to pinpoint your exact location.   If you don’t have cell service and you are unfamiliar with the area, look for signage, mile markers, businesses, buildings or landmarks.
  8. Keep the Missouri and Illinois Roadside Assistance numbers in your phone contacts.

MoDOT: (314) 275-1500 or *55         IDOT: (618) 346-3100 or *999

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