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How to Handle a Freeway Stall

How to Handle a Freeway Stall

How to Handle a Freeway Stall

Emergency safety tips for when your car quits on the freeway

Source: http://www.automedia.com/How_to_Handle_a_Freeway_Stall/dsm20120101fs/1

Think about it for a bit: You’re cruising down the freeway at a leisurely 70 mph. Traffic is “normal” for a workday (i.e.: heavy). But you’re ok with it. Then out of the blue, the car starts acting up: It’s stalling; it’s bucking and jerking, as if it’s out of gas. Before you know it, the steering becomes increasingly difficult (no engine power means no power steering) and you’re getting an eye-full of check engine lights on the dash. It’s almost like sensory overload. Now what?

It’s unquestionably a nerve wracking experience. And in some cases, it’s also downright frightening. But what do you do?

The very first thing you should do, as soon as you have any indication of a potential stall or other vehicle trouble is to get over to the side of the freeway. It’s far better (obviously) to pull over to the right if you can, simply because it allows you an easier out (since you’re not stuck between opposing lanes of traffic). When pulling over, signal normally. Of course, every situation will differ, but when you’re at the roadside, try and pull as far off the shoulder as you can. Immediately turn on the vehicle’s hazard warning lights.

If for some reason, you’re unable to pull completely over onto the shoulder, or if the car is stalled in a traffic lane, do not attempt to get out of the car! Similarly, never try to cross a freeway on foot. The odds of getting run over by a driver who doesn’t see you are great. Once your vehicle has come to a complete stop, and the hazard lights are on, wait for help. Watch the rear view mirror for approaching traffic. The truth is, you’re actually much safer inside your disabled car than you are walking on the freeway.

The material contained in this newsletter is for informational purposes only and is based on sources believed to be reliable and authoritative. However, this information has not been independently verified by us. This newsletter should not be construed as offering professional advice.

The material contained in this newsletter is for informational purposes only and is based on sources believed to be reliable and authoritative. However, this information has not been independently verified by us. This newsletter should not be construed as offering professional advice.

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