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Tackling roadside emergencies in 4 easy ways

Published on: 10 August 2018

Tackling roadside emergencies in 4 easy ways

For many people, long weekends mean a road trip is in order - whether you’re visiting loved ones or going away with loved ones for a quick break.

However, sometimes the unexpected can happen; your car breaking down in the middle of your journey is just one of them. Roadside emergencies can happen to anyone at any time, be frightening and in some cases life-threatening. No matter what your situation, your main aim should be getting help and out of that predicament as safely and quickly as possible.

Here are 4 quick tips to get you through a roadside emergency this long weekend:

Keep emergency contacts at hand. Keep your insurer’s emergency number, as well as a trusted friend or family member’s number handy. Your insurer’s emergency assistance number will most likely be found on your “Do not tow” sticker. If you are travelling with passengers, be sure to share this information with them too.

Make sure your “Do not tow” sticker is visible on your car. This needs to be clearly visible to ensure that your vehicle is towed by a service provider approved by your insurer. This way, you may also able to avoid unnecessary additional costs and stress.

Be aware of your environment. Stay vigilant at all times and be aware of your environment. This won’t only add to your staying safe, it will also help your insurer to get to you quicker. If you’re travelling with kids, you can turn it into a fun game of “I spy” to get everyone involved and on the lookout.

Try to remain as calm as possible. If you do get caught in an unfortunate situation, try remain as calm as possible so that you can think clearly and find a solution to your problem. We know, it’s not easy!

When it comes to roadside emergencies, the sooner you get help, the better – whether travelling alone or with someone. Make sure you have comprehensive car insurance which will give you access to emergency roadside assistance.