Having your truck breakdown in the middle of the highway can be pretty stressful and frustrating, plus it is a safety issue when you are already on the road. Here are some tips you can use to make it safe for you and the other road users.
- Turn on the hazard sign immediately
Turn your hazard lights on so you can warn the other drivers as soon as they approach your truck that something is wrong. Keep the lights on, until the big rig breakdown service comes.
- Pull off to the side of the road and slow down
Aim for the right side of the road. Consumer reports recommend that you pull over to a flat and safe location that is far from the moving traffic.
- Turn the wheels away from the road and put the emergency brakes on
The DMV department recommends that; for any semi-truck road service, pull the emergency brake which is known as the parking brake. When you have to park on a slope or heel, make sure to turn the wheels of the truck away from the road in order to prevent the truck from rolling into oncoming traffic.
- Stay inside your truck
When on the highway or on a road that tends to be crowded, it is recommended that you should avoid getting out of the truck to look at the damage or even try to fix a mechanical problem. This is because you may expose yourself to more harm.
In case you wish to get out of the vehicle, ensure that you have parked it in a safe place and use the passenger-side door to exit the vehicle.
- Stay visible
When the big rig breakdown is approaching you for a truck road service, they will need to find you quickly and therefore be sure to prop up the hood so the other drivers know to approach you with caution. Alert the drivers that you’ve had a breakdown.
- Call for help
Call for help whenever your semi-truck breaks down. You could call a tow truck, a big rig breakdown or any other roadside assistance to come and help you.
Your insurance provider may be able to offer help and if you happen to be in an emergency situation, just call 9-1-1 immediately, or the local police.
Why choose Tri-County Truck and Trailer?
So you never find yourself in a tough situation again, when all is sorted, consider getting roadside assistance, to help you in case of a truck breakdown, or any other unexpected car issues.
Tri-County Truck and Trailer is a truck and trailer repair shop. We are always ready to meet our client’s needs and we provide repairs for semi-trucks, commercial recovery and toying and trailer repair.
We also provide the following services;
- Jump starts
- Lockout help
- Fuel delivery.
We are available 24 hours for our customers. Get in touch with us today for all your towing needs.