Did You Know... The Sheriff Offers Safety Tips for Vehicle Breakdowns
Whenever you are out on the road and your vehicle breaks down you are in a vulnerable position. The defense in this case is to maintain your vehicle by getting regular oil changes, tune-ups and keeping your fuel tank at least half full at all time.
The following is what you should do if you are involved in a breakdown:
Do not get out of the vehicle. Keep your doors locked and windows up.
If you have a cell phone, call for assistance. It is a good idea to keep a cell phone with you while driving.
If you do not have a cell phone, wait as long as you can for help. If you spot a police officer, get out of your vehicle and wave them down. Do not get out of your vehicle for a stranger. If a stranger approaches your vehicle, roll your window down less than 1 inch and ask them if they can call for assistance.
Refuse any help other than making a phone call. Do not let anyone convince you to let him/her look at the engine. Do not even unlock your door.