What to Do During a Vehicle Breakdown
A car breakdown can be a dangerous situation, especially if you are driving on a busy road, or even on a lonely road where you can get attacked. When your car breaks down, you must prioritize your safety and the safety of your passengers.
Although breakdowns can occur at any time, and for various reasons, there are some measures you can take to reduce the risk.
Maintaining your vehicle on regular intervals can help to prevent some common breakdown causes. It also helps to check the state and pressure of your tyres, as well as topping up water and oil levels.
Ensure you service your vehicle at regular intervals, and pay attention to warnings lights on the dashboard. If your car shows a sign of bad performance, don’t ignore this. Get a professional mechanic to service it.
Stop in a Safe Place
If you notice that your car is about to break down for whatever reason – strange vibrations, unusual noises, your car engine emitting smoke – slow down and park in a safe place.
Also, turn on your hazard warning lights on to alert motorists of your situation.
Find a Safe Spot for Passengers
If you’re driving with passengers in the Slide-on car (รถสไลด์ออน , which is the term in Thai) they should exit the vehicle and stay away from the vehicle and away from the road. The further away they stay from the road, the safer.
Call the Emergency Services
If you can’t find a safe place outside the vehicle for driver and passengers to wait, it suggests your vehicle could be stuck, then call for towing truck (รถยกรถเสีย, which is the term in Thai) immediately to come for your rescue. Turn on your hazard lights on, stay put with your seatbelt on, and tell the emergency service your location.