Surviving the 6 Most Common Car Emergencies

Knowledge is power when it comes to surviving a scary auto emergency. Try to remain calm and level-headed when faced with the unexpected. Here are some common emergencies and advice to help prepare you before you need it.

Brake failure

Shift the transmission to a lower gear to slow the car down. If you see a curb, rub the tires against it to further slow down. Shift into neutral if you haven’t already. Apply the emergency brake. Steer to the side of the road, then switch off the engine. Call for a tow truck.

Flat tire or blowout

Take your foot off the gas, but don’t apply the brakes. Turn on your flashers and slowly move to the side of the road, then brake. If you do not know how to change a tire, call for help. If you do know how, proceed only in a safe location.


Take a deep breath and turn on your hazard flashers. If possible, pull over to the side of the road. Assess your injuries before leaving your vehicle. Do not move anyone who is badly injured unless necessary for their safety. Call 911 and begin to document the scene.

Locked keys inside

If you don’t keep an extra set of keys on you, call 911 if you are in an unsafe location. If you feel safe, call a locksmith or your roadside assistance service. Check your insurance policy as some cover this emergency.

Out of gas

As soon as you realize you are running out of gas, get your vehicle to the side of the road. Shut off the engine to avoid seizing up the fuel pump. Turn on your emergency flashers, then call an emergency road side service or friend to bring you gas. If those aren’t possible, call a tow truck.


Turn on the heater full blast to drain heat from the engine. Pull over to the side of the road, and turn off the engine. Unless you see steam, open the hood to release the heat. Wait 30 minutes before adding coolant. Call roadside assistant or a friend if you don’t have coolant. If these options aren’t available, call a tow truck.

Keeping your car properly maintained could prevent an emergency altogether. Auto care centers, like National Transmissions, can help identify potential problems during a factory recommended maintenance check such as tire and battery condition. Drive safely.

Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

4 thoughts on “Surviving the 6 Most Common Car Emergencies

  • November 20, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Until the government gets it head out of its *** and closes the borsers there isnt much you can do once too many are exposed. Now they are sending our reservists- when it isnt a 'war' . Dont let me get started I will just swear I have a friend going over to 'fight this war' he is a medic.

  • November 19, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Not only ppesticides but if food isnt cleaned, there is the fact some workers use the bathroom on the fields and some fields are fertilized with raw animal waste.

  • November 14, 2014 at 1:12 am

    And keep an emergency kit in your car- including battery cables. In the winter jumper cbles are essential

  • November 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    And always make sure you have enough oil in your car. I lost a Thunderbird that way. 🙁


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