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Bad Luck Breakdown: Who to Call

Breaking down on the side of the road is never an ideal situation. You don’t want to suddenly roll to a stop or have to pull over because you see smoke or hear a weird noise. Unfortunately, sometimes you can’t do anything to prevent it. You can, however, be prepared for it, so that it doesn’t send you into too much of a panic. As well as knowing the things to do to get your car out of their ASAP and to stay safe while you’re waiting, it’s useful to think about who to get in touch with both immediately after your car has broken down and later when you’re no longer on the road.

Breakdown Services

The first number you’re likely to call is one for roadside assistance services. If you’re a member of an auto club or have breakdown coverage, someone will come out and collect you and your car. Even if you don’t have any insurance coverage, you can still call a towing services provider to come and help you. You’ll get different levels of service, depending on whether you’re insured and which company you use. They might take you home, or simply drop you off with the nearest mechanic. While you’re waiting, you can move away from your car and the road if you’re on the shoulder. However, if you came to a stop in the middle of the road, it’s better to switch on your hazard lights and stay in the car.
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The Emergency Services

Sometimes, calling the emergency services could be necessary. If there’s a phone by the side of the road, you can use that, or you can just use your own phone if you have it with you. Highway Patrol can help you out if you need it, and they may be along soon if you’re unable to make any phone calls. If you’ve managed to crash your car or anyone is hurt, calling the police or an ambulance might be necessary too.

Personal Contacts

It might not be essential, but getting in touch with anyone who might be wondering where you are is a smart idea. If there’s someone expecting you, whether it’s your boss or your spouse, calling and letting them know what has happened ensures they won’t worry when you don’t turn up on time. You might also need someone to collect you from wherever your car will be towed to if it can’t be repaired at the side of the road.

Your Insurance Provider

Once you’re safely back home, you might also need to get in touch with your insurance provider. This could be for a number of reasons, such as letting them know that something has changed with the condition of your car. If you used your insurance to provide roadside assistance, they will already know, so you won’t need to contact them again. If your breakdown caused you to get into an accident, your insurance company is going to need to know about that too.

If you break down on the road, make sure you put your safety first. Take the right precautions to ensure your safety before making any phone calls.

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