What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down in 4 Simple Steps

You’re driving along, jamming out to “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten, when suddenly you hear a sputtering sound and your vehicle rolls to a stop. Don’t panic. Your car just broke down, but it’s not the end of the world. As Rachel Platten would say, “Starting right now I’ll be strong.” Here’s how to handle a break down in four simple steps.

Rachel Platten knows how to get you through this.
Rachel Platten knows how to get you through this.

Step 1 | Pull Over

If your car starts smoking, sputtering or turns into a transformer, pull over to the right as far as possible. You need to do this for two reasons: 1) You gotsta be courteous to others on the road and get out of the way ASAP (don’t be that person who causes a traffic jam) and 2) You need to relocate to a safe spot where you can avoid getting hit by a moving vehicle.

If your car is a transformer, you should probably avoid driving it altogether.
If your car is a transformer, you should probably avoid driving it altogether.

Step 2 | Turn On Your Emergency Flashers

After you pull over, you need to switch on your hazard lights, or emergency flashers, to make your vehicle clearly visible to other drivers. This says, Hey! Look at me! Don’t hit me, please.

Oh hey, hello. Stranded on the road over here.
Oh hey, hello. Stranded on the road over here.

Step 3 | Exit Your Vehicle Cautiously

If your car is smoking, you probably want to get out of it. And by probably, we mean most definitely. When you exit your vehicle, be cautious and try to do so on the side opposite the road. Safety first, people.
Don’t be like Brad when exiting your vehicle. Brad did bad.
Don’t be like Brad when exiting your vehicle. Brad did bad.

Step 4 | Find Your Location

Look around for any information that could help a tow truck or service vehicle find your location, such as exit signs. Also, this is why you have a smartphone, guys. Use dat Maps app.

You don't need to lick your finger to determine wind direction. Thank goodness for smartphones.
You don’t need to lick your finger to determine wind direction. Thank goodness for smartphones.

If you can remember these four steps than everything will be fine. Just because your car breaks down doesn’t mean that you have to break down, too.

You got this.
You got this.