What to Do in a Roadside Emergency

Having an auto emergency can naturally bring up panic and frustration. But keeping a cool head is often the best way to help deal with the situation. With MAIF emergency roadside assistance, you can get immediate help for a wide variety of problems. Knowing what steps to take is crucial for dealing with any kind of roadside emergency. Nation Safe Drivers provides 24/7 emergency response and can help you fix your car and get where you’re going as soon as possible.

MAIF can help provide emergency roadside assistance when your car breaks down

Steps to Take During a Roadside Emergency

Step One: Get to Safety

If your car starts to act up, your first step is to get someplace safe. You should try to move your car out of traffic whenever possible, but only if it’s safe to do so. If there is a high level of traffic, it’s often best to remain in your car until help arrives. However, there are some instances where you may need to exit the vehicle immediately.

For example, if you see dark smoke coming out from your engine, it could be a sign of a fire. Exit the vehicle as safely as possible and put a few feet of distance between yourself and the car. Do not attempt to open the hood of your car without the property safety equipment.

Step Two: Contact Any Emergency Response Services Needed

In the event of an accident or injury, be sure to contact the local emergency response right away. If you are injured, notice a fire, or were involved in a collision, you’ll likely need police reports to help with your insurance later down the line. In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance. If there is no imminent danger or threat of harm, you can look up the local police station’s non-emergency number for further instructions.

Step Three: Contact MAIF Emergency Roadside Assistance

Once you are safe, you should call your MAIF emergency roadside assistance number right away. During your call, it’s important to have as much information about the emergency as possible. For example, it may be helpful to make notes of what you noticed going wrong before your car broke down or stopped. Activity such as blinking lights on your dashboard can often help indicate what the problem is. If your roadside assistance team knows the likely cause of the situation, they can often provide a quicker and more accurate response.

Step Four: Stay Safe While Waiting

Depending on your specific situation, you may need to wait a while before a tow truck or mechanic can reach you. It’s important that you take the proper safety precautions during this time. It’s a good idea to make sure you have an emergency kit with you in your car. While it’s unlikely that response could take longer than a few hours at most, you should always be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

Get Emergency Roadside Assistance With MAIF Insurance

While the extra cost may seem unnecessary, having emergency roadside assistance can make all the difference when your car breaks down. Contact your MAIF insurance provider today at 301.476.1183 to learn more about roadside assistance options.

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