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Fleet safety tip: What to do when your vehicle breaks down

Whether it’s a flat tire, collision or breakdown, many drivers will experience a roadside emergency in their lifetime. While it’s important to stay up to date on your vehicle maintenance, here are some helpful tips to keep you safe in case of an emergency:

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Move to safety

Surrounding traffic and hazards can vary, but always move your vehicle to a safe spot before you get out. If you’re involved in a collision, motion for the other driver to follow you. Look for well-lit areas and pay attention to your location.

If you have a flat tire or blowout, move your vehicle out of harm’s way, even if it means destroying the wheel in the process. The price of a new wheel is well worth your safety.  If you cannot pull of the road, switch on your emergency flashers. If you feel unsafe or think the vehicle may get struck from behind, get out and move away from the road to a safe location.

Stay inside the vehicle

It is safest to remain inside your vehicle until a law enforcement officer or road service provider arrives. If you choose to exit, make sure you are far away from oncoming traffic. If possible, exit through the side of the vehicle facing away from the road.

If you can't move your vehicle off the road, ask all passengers to exit safely from the vehicle and stand away from traffic.

Alert other drivers

Turn on your emergency flashers. Raise the vehicle's hood, tie a white cloth to a door handle or use reflective triangles or flares. Warning devices should be placed far enough away from the vehicle to give oncoming traffic time to react.

Be prepared

You should have an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. Make sure your kit includes:

  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • Canned instant tire inflator
  • Heavy-duty rope
  • Gloves and a blanket

For more fleet safety tips, visit elementfleet.com/resources/tips-advice.

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