What Should I Do If My Car Stalls on the Highway?
Recently, KTRK-TV reported on a deadly 18-wheeler crash involving a pickup truck stalled on the highway. Reportedly, prior to the collision, a Ford pickup truck was stalled in the middle lane of the Eastex Freeway. Around 1 a.m., an 18-wheeler slammed into the pickup as it was traveling along the freeway. The driver of the Ford died in the crash. At press time authorities had yet to determine why the vehicle had stalled in the middle of the highway. This incident highlights the importance of drivers knowing what to do if their car stalls on the highway.
What to Do If Your Car Stalls on the Highway
Knowing what to do if your car or truck stalls while you are driving on a highway is crucial knowledge that can help you avoid suffering a catastrophic injury or losing your life in a car wreck or truck accident. Here are a few steps you should take if your vehicle stalls on a freeway:
- If possible, pull over to the side of the road before the vehicle shuts down. If you are able, try to pull over to the right, and once you come to a stop, turn on your hazard lights.
- If you are not able to pull over to the side of the road before the vehicle stalls, do not exit the car. Instead, turn on your hazard lights and call for a tow truck, roadside assistance or some other type of help.
- If you are stuck in a stalled vehicle in the middle of the highway, until help arrives, keep an eye on your rearview mirror for approaching vehicles in case a car or truck approaches that does not recognize your vehicle is stalled in time to avoid colliding with your vehicle.
- If you need to exit the vehicle for some reason, try to exit through the passenger door.
- While in the vehicle, keep your seatbelt on.
- If you have a pet in the car with you, do not allow the pet to exit the vehicle unless absolutely necessary.
- Even if you have the ability to repair your car, do not get out of the vehicle to attempt to repair the vehicle unless absolutely necessary.
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