Emergency Safety Tips

Car Safety Tips

Emergency Roadside Safety Tips

Vehicle breakdowns can occur in any situation. They are generally unexpected and scary experiences that we want to avoid. Being prepared in case of a roadside emergency is crucial to your safety and the safety of your passengers. At Pep Boys, we want to give you the tools you need to get back on the road safely and as soon as possible.

Safety Advice

       
  • Stay as far away from moving traffic as possible. Look for an emergency lane, or an open area off the side of the road. This especially applies when breakdowns occur on busy highways.   
  • In the event of a tire blow out, it is okay to drive on the rim until you get to a safe area. Your safety and the safety of your passengers is more important than the cost of having to replace a rim.   
  • If you are unable to drive your car to a safe area, move away from your car. Also, it's a good idea to have an emergency kit in the trunk filled with flares and triangles to alert other motorists to your situation.   
  • Place flares and/or triangles a safe distance from your car, which is often further away than you might think. Hazard lights can sometimes be mistaken for running lights, which may cause other drivers to steer into the emergency lane.   
  • If someone stops to help you, stay in your car with your doors locked. Crack your window and ask them to call for help if you are unable to call yourself.   
  • The same rules apply if you have been in an accident. Do not move your vehicle until the police arrive. Set up your warning markers and get away from other vehicles if possible.
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