It is never a good time for your vehicle to breakdown. It is quite common during these times to become frustrated. This type of situation can become frantic in a short amount of time. Many people have been injured or killed handling a breakdown on their own, so it is of the utmost importance that you remember some helpful safety rules.
Like we stated above, panicking can make a bad situation worse. So take a deep breath and know that help is a phone call away.
If possible, get out of the way
Traffic in Jacksonville can become congested at anytime during the day. It is important to not impede the natural flow of traffic. Safely move your car to the nearest available shoulder, parking lot, or safest and nearest location. Turn on your hazard lights to let other drivers know your vehicle is in distress.
Too many people outside and around a stranded car on the roadside can increase the potential for an accident. Make sure all passengers remain in their seats and keep all children fastened safely in their child safety seats.
Call for assistance
Most full-coverage insurance policies have roadside assistance that you pay for each month. Remember you can get a receipt for your tow from the wrecker company and submit it for reimbursement. It is likely that a motor club like AAA or your insurance company will take time to get there, so using the reimbursement option on your policy will help you get service faster. You can call a local tow company or dial *347 on your phone to reach the Florida Highway Patrol who will respond to your call. Keep in mind that FHP will only ensure you and your passengers are safe until a tow company or motor club arrives to provide assistance.
Once you have called for assistance it is important to stay in your vehicle and wait for help to arrive. This is especially true if you have broken down on the freeway.
Remember that roadside breakdowns are only an inconvenience, and the safety of you and your family are always more important. Some breakdowns do not require towing or a large amount of repair. In these cases having an emergency roadside kit in your car can save you the time and get you back on the road in no time.