The National Safety Council recommends the following:
- Do not try to flag down other vehicles, i.e., don’t solicit the help of passing motorists.
- Raise the vehicle’s hood and tie something white to the radio antenna or hang it out the window so police officers or tow truck operators will know help is needed.
- Don’t stand behind or next to the vehicle.
5 Freeway Breakdown Tips
If a driver is stranded due to a vehicle breakdown on a freeway, here are five tips to be sure they remember:
- Pull over and out of traffic if possible. Even if all of the emergency lights are activated, some highway drivers do not pay close attention and could rear-end the disabled fleet vehicle, causing further damage or injury.
- The driver shouldn’t attempt to fix the vehicle, even if it appears it’s going to be a quick or easy fix. Wait for professional help to arrive.
- Only exit the vehicle if it is necessary or safe to do so. If possible, raise the vehicle hood to alert passing authorities that the vehicle is disabled and help is needed.
- Patience is a virtue in breakdown situations. Particularly in heavily trafficked metropolitan areas, highways are regularly patrolled by police and tow truck operators — help will arrive soon.