Many things can happen unexpectedly on California roadways. Emergencies can include anything from running out of gas to getting a flat tire. When an emergency occurs, motorists need to know what to do to stay safe and avoid causing traffic disruptions or accidents.
According to Allied Insurance, the first thing a motorist should do is to move off the road. It is best to move all the way off if possible. Hazard lights should be turned on to signal to others that the car is disabled. Drivers should also be prepared for emergencies with a kit that contains things like flares, a flashlight and a first aid kit. As soon as the vehicle is off the road, the driver should call for help.
The California Highway Patrol’s Freeway Service Patrol is available to help motorists during commute times. While the FSP cannot offer repair services, it can provide help in other ways. In the case of a dead battery, the FSP will provide a jump start. If the vehicle is completely disabled, the FSP can get it towed for free to a CHP designated location. The FSP will also provide a gallon of gas for vehicle’s that run out and change flat tires, along with taping hoses and refilling radiators.
The CHP recommends that drivers stay in their vehicles at all times when on the side of a roadway. In addition, a seat belt should be worn while waiting for help to come. People should also only exit a vehicle on the right side away from traffic if it is imperative to get out, such as to use a call box.