Roadway Safety Tips
Ten Safety Tips to Consider For:
- Take action to avoid breakdowns. If you hear or sense that something is wrong with the vehicle, have it checked before you take to the road.
- Pull the vehicle off the roadway as far as possible. If you are having vehicle trouble, and there is a safe place to pull off, get out of moving traffic.
- If you require assistance, turn on your hazard lights, call for roadside assistance or 911. The internationally recognized sign of distress is raising your vehicle hood.
- If it is necessary to leave your vehicle, exit on the side away from moving traffic. It is much safer to stay as far away from moving traffic as possible.
- Be careful with lit flares. They can ignite anything flammable, including dry grass or weeds beside the road.
- Keep moving if you can. A roadway without a shoulder is the most hazardous place to break down. Do not stop because of a flat tire, it is usually best to keep driving until you find a safe area in which to pull over. Your tire rim is less important than your life.
- Protect yourself. If your vehicle is safely pulled out of moving traffic get out of your vehicle and stand behind the guardrail until assistance arrives.
- Do not try to fix your car. It is dangerous to work on your car in or near fast moving traffic, leave it to the professionals.
- Never try to cross a high speed roadway on foot. If your car stalls in a lane on the highway, turn on your hazard lights, stay belted in the car, and wait for professional help.
- Rely on good common sense. There are many different circumstances that may require different reactions so survey the area and use good judgment.