- by Joe Weber - updated on 3/28/2023
It's inevitable. At some point in our lives, we will have to deal with some form of roadside emergency. Roadtrip season is around the corner, be prepared by being ready for some of the most common emergencies you may encounter.
Whether it's just a flat tire, a dead battery or a collision with another vehicle, there's no way to sugarcoat it, it's going to happen at some point. It's best to be prepared and to know what to expect in those situations so you can focus on making sure everyone is safe and calm.
One of the most important things that you or anyone with you can do is to remain calm in any roadside emergency situation. If you are in an accident, make sure that everyone is okay and can move to a safe location out of danger.
Everyone should always have jumper cables in the trunk so you can jump your car with the help of another car. Even better would be a jump starter so you can easily jump your car to get back home when there isn't another car nearby.
When your car battery is dead, it's important to get it jumped and drive over to Batteries Plus to have your battery tested to see if this could be the sign to replace your battery.
Arguably the most common issue that drivers will face is a flat tire. It can happen to anyone at any time. Most vehicles come with the tools you need to put your spare tire on. A few tips to help make this less stressful:
This is a very nerve-wracking experience and it's not always easy to tell that your engine is overheating. We don't always pay attention to the coolant temperature gauge on the dashboard and your first sign of trouble could be the site of steam coming out of your hood. It's always helpful to have extra coolant in the trunk for emergencies.
Refill the radiator with coolant, or water if you don't have coolant, and replace the radiator cap. This should reduce the engine temperature but proceed with caution and have the cooling system looked at as soon as possible.
Hopefully, this doesn't happen to you, but it's possible. We get so distracted with everything that's going on that we forget to check the gas before we head out. If this does happen to you:
If you are in an accident first make sure everyone is ok then call 911 immediately to take statements. Even small accidents can have lasting consequences. It's best to have a record.
To make things easier on you during this stressful time, remember these very important tips.
We just gave you a lot of information on how to handle certain roadside emergencies but don't take our word for it; listen to those who deal with this stuff every day. In an interview with Farmers Insurance , Lieutenant Matt Hamilton of the Ohio State Highway Patrol walks everyone through 6 tips to staying safe during roadside emergencies.
Having the necessary items you need to handle certain situations when you are out on your own is very important. In "What Should Be In My Vehicle Emergency Kit?" we will walk you through which items you should have in your vehicle emergency kit to make sure you are always ready for anything.
If you don't know where to start, this National Safety Council post that details all of the items that you should keep in your kit.
Stop by your local Batteries Plus and pick up some of your emergency kit items like jumper cables, jump starters, phone chargers and flashlights. While you are at the store, have us test your battery for you to see how it fares. If it's time for a new battery, we have a large selection of car and truck batteries for your vehicle and we'll even install the battery for you while you're there.