Breakdowns increase in the summer for a number of reasons, from increased highway travel to overheating vehicles.
If you do find yourself stranded, here are some quick tips on how to stay cool:
- Turn on four-way flashers and pull completely off the roadway, if possible. On a freeway/highway, use the nearest exit. If you can’t make it to an exit, pull your vehicle as far to the right side of the roadway as possible.
- Stay with your vehicle at all times, as long as it is safe to do so. Call AMA and request Roadside Assistance.
- Know your location in order to expedite help. Pay attention to the exit signs and mile markers, as well as your direction of travel.
- Always carry a complete roadside emergency kit, suitable for the season. Your kit should include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight, extra batteries, duct tape, safety vest as well as first-aid items. Visit any AMA centre to purchase your ready made road kit at exclusive Member pricing.
Don't forget a little preventative maintenance can go a long way toward a trouble free road trip. AMA also advises motorists to always travel with a cell phone and car charger, which will enable you to call for help.