What Do You Do If Your Car Dies On The Road?
In the usual, everyday scenario, driving is an effortless task. You probably don’t even put your mind to it. You enjoy the road, the scenery, the music playing on the radio. But suddenly, your car splutters and your engine dies. Questions fill up your mind quickly: What do I do? What could be the problem? If my car doesn’t start how do I get home?
The most important thing is to stay calm and think clearly. Armed with the information in this article you will be able to bring your car safely to a stop, check for the main causes of the problem, and maybe even start your car back up!
How Do I Stop My Car Safely?
1. Look for an opportunity
Ok first things first: Take a deep breath and don’t panic. Although your car is no longer running, the steering and brakes should still work fine for a while. Closely watch your mirrors and blind spots to avoid traffic while you guide your car to, preferably, the outer shoulder of the road.
2. Do not swerve across lanes
If you are in the inner lane do not try and pass all the lanes too quickly! This is extremely risky. Check for a broad enough shoulder in the centre, if there isn’t one try your best to slowly make your way to the outside shoulder.
3. Do not leave your car
If your car does stop in the middle of the highway, do not get out! Chances are you will get hit. Try to indicate that you are in distress.
4. Don’t forget the emergency brake
If your brakes and steering start freeze up try and wait till the car slows down enough and use the hand brake. Make sure that you stop out of the way of passing cars.
5. Try to restart your car
Try to restart your car. Remove the keys from the ignition and give the car a few seconds of rest in between. Do not pump the petrol too much to avoid flooding the engine. If you are lucky your car will start back up!If not switch on your hazards and place your emergency triangle behind the car. This way people will know you are in distress and it will make your car much more visible.
Common Causes Why A Car Might Die While Driving And How To Solve Them
Don’t Be Scared Of Calling The Pro’s!
The following problems are almost impossible to check and fix yourself, but are also common reasons your car dies. If you could not get your car going by following the instructions above now is the time to call a professional!
Malfunctioning fuel pump
The result of this is that the engine does not receive enough fuel to keep running. It has many causes: blown fuse, blocked filter or bad wires.
Ignition switch does not work
This can be caused by the usual wear and tear of the ignition switch over time. Symptoms are very similar to a dead battery.
Malfunctioning car sensors
Many new cars have dozens of sensors the owner is not even aware of while driving. If any of these stop working properly it could make your car stop as a preventative measure.
Tow Your Car
As a final resort you can tow your car back to your home, or to the nearest service station. If you are not comfortable and do not have experience working on a car either call for a towing service or tow the car yourself.
Your car should come with a towing cable, if you don’t have it buy one now!
A car dying in the middle of the road might be embarrassing, but it is not the end of the world. There is always a way to solve your problem no matter what it is.
If you want to share any similar experience you had in the past or have even more tips for fellow drivers please comment them below.