A vehicle can catch fire for many diffrent reasons; mechanical or electrical issues are the most common causes. Center for Transportation Safety offers some tips to help you stay safe.
To prevent a vehicle fire:
- Have your car serviced regularly by a professional trained mechanic.
- Keep a window open for ventiliation if you transport gasoline.
- Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment.
- Never park a vehicle where flammable materials, such as gas, are touching the catalytic converter.
- Check for cracked or loose wiring or electrical problems.
- Make sure oil caps are on securely.
- Keep an eye out for rapid changes in fuel or fluid levels and engine temperatures.
If your vehicle is on fire:
- Pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so, making your way to a safe location off the road such as the breakdown lane or rest stop.
- Once you have stopped, TURN OFF the engine.
- Get everyone out of the vehicle and don't return to a burning vehicle for any reason.
- Move at least 100 feet away from the burning vehicle, always watching out for traffic.
- Call 9-1-1