Dangers from roadside breakdowns

If your vehicle breaks down and you are stranded on the side of the road, you and any passengers should be aware of the safety precautions to take to avoid personal injury.

Here are some things to keep in mind:


Do the best you can to move your car or truck to the side of the road and away from traffic.  Even if you are on a byway that doesn’t generally carry much traffic.  When it is on the berm or shoulder, turn the wheels toward the shoulder/side of the road.  If your vehicle is accidentally hit, this will prevent it from being moved into oncoming traffic.  Make your car or truck as visible as possible using hazard lights.  Blinking lights are more visible than solid ones.  Also, place traffic cones or flares if you have such a kit in your car.


Although it is unlikely, a fire can start.  If you see smoke from under the hood or anywhere around the vehicle, exit the car, and move away as quickly as possible.

Getting out of the vehicle

Except in extraordinary situations, stay inside the car or truck.  If you get out and try to fix the problem on your own, you risk putting yourself in danger, especially in high traffic areas.  If you must leave the vehicle, do so with caution.  Be careful when opening doors especially on the side where traffic will be coming.  Be sure to check that the area is clear.

Attempting repairs

Before attempting your own repairs, put things in perspective.  Which is worse:  paying a few dollars for a professional to help or risk being hit by another car or having your vehicle collapse on top of you.  Not having a proper place to leave a car jack or level surface creates big risks.

Always remember that safety is your first priority.  Don’t take unnecessary chances.  If you find yourself in a predicament just call us at Towing Toronto.  647-812-1477