One minute you are driving along with no cares and the next… your car is sputtering to an unplanned stop. Why? Well, it might be that you forgot to fill up before you left. Despite alarms, flashing lights, and visible gauges, it happens all too often that people get busy and forget to stop for gas. Quite frequently, it is too late by the time they realize their mistake.
If you find yourself in this situation, you will want to know what to do to avoid further problems. Following these steps can get you back on the road and out of the way of danger.
Be Prepared As you read this, you are likely sitting in the comfort of your home or office. Don’t assume that you will be so comfy if you find yourself involved in an accident or run out of gas. It is best to have an emergency kit close at hand. It doesn’t require much space and can easily be stored in the trunk or back seat. A blanket, hat, gloves, a rain jacket or poncho, and a few first aid essentials are really all that is required. The little effort taken in packing the small bag can save you from a lot of discomfort as you wait for help to arrive.
In this day and age, most people carry cell phones. If you are one of the few who has not made such an investment, now is the perfect time. Even for people who do not use them outside of emergency situations, there are very affordable plans. Keep the phone charged and with you at all times, just in case you forget to fill your tank. You will be able to call 911 if necessary or, if you find yourself in a sudden need of auto repair, you can reach out to Leonard’s Garage & Service Center in Austin.
Get Off of the Road Once you begin to notice the sputtering or when you come to realize that you are too far from the next exit, given the gas left in your tank, get your vehicle to the side of the road. The further you can get from oncoming traffic, the better. When safely parked, you can make some decisions about your next action.
Determine the Safest Location If the weather is extraordinarily hot, you might have to exit the vehicle, but do so only if you can do it safely. While you don’t want to be trapped in a stopped vehicle on the highway, it is safer than leaving in many instances, especially in cold temperatures. Whether you stay in the car or find another safe spot to wait, don’t go far and DO NOT attempt to walk to a gas station unless there is one very close by, in an area that you are familiar with.
Get Help The best bet is to call for roadside services. Many car insurance policies and all AAA memberships will help to afford the cost of calling in assistance. Even an out-of-pocket expense is better than being injured or worse on the roadside.
There are a few things that you should definitely avoid whenever you find yourself in an emergency situation on a highway. Do not attempt to hitchhike. Beware that, while most people have good intentions, there are others that prey on moments of weakness. Do not leave the vehicle unless absolutely necessary. This way you are protected from the elements, traffic, and people with poor intentions.
Leonard’s Garage & Service Center
4401 South 1st Street
Austin, TX 78745-1924
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