Maintenance Monday: Roadside Safety Tips

 

Maintenance Monday

 

Summer is quickly approaching and chances are a road trip (or five) is in your near future. However, with increased travel comes increased chances for car trouble. Whether it’s a flat tire, breakdown, or an accident, there’s a good chance you’ll experience some sort of roadside emergency in your lifetime. And if this happens on a busy street or freeway where you’ll have to contend with heavy traffic, a bad situation can quickly become worse.

If you have an emergency while driving, your personal safety should be your first priority. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are roughly 4,000 pedestrian fatalities every year, accounting for 12% of all traffic fatalities and 59,000 pedestrian injuries from roadway crashes. Practicing smart roadside safety can help prevent you from becoming an unfortunate statistic. Here are my safety tips to help prevent one accident from becoming two.

Move to Safety
Regardless of the situation, the first thing you must do is get your vehicle to a safe spot away from traffic. If you’ve been in an accident, motion for the other driver to do the same before assessing the damage. Even if you have a tire blowout or a flat, move out of the way before attempting a repair, even if it means damaging your car even further. The cost of a new tire could be minimal compared to any additional harm or damage that could occur.

Make the Call
Once you’ve moved to a safe location, stay in your car and call for help. If something is wrong with your car, call a tow truck or your insurance provider’s roadside assistance. If you’ve been involved in an accident, call the police and file a report, no matter how big or severe the accident is. The police will help sort everything out and determine who is responsible for what damages. If someone is injured, you should also call for emergency services immediately. And if you break down in a dangerous area, make sure to keep your doors locked until help arrives.

Stay Visible
Carry flags, flares, or reflective triangles in your vehicle so you can mark your location in the event of an emergency. You should also turn on your hazard lights so that other drivers have advanced warning of a problem ahead. Even if it’s a bright sunny day, it’s still important to alert other cars that something is wrong.

These are just a few simple things that can reduce the possibilities of turning a bad situation worse. If you do get involved in an accident as a Metromile customer, our customer service advocates are available to help you throughout the claims process.

4 responses to “Maintenance Monday: Roadside Safety Tips

  1. I was under the impression that Metromile insurance included free roadside assistance. Is this so, and how does one call for help?

    1. Hi there- we currently offer roadside assistance if you have Comprehensive and Collision coverage. You can call our claims number to be connected with our roadside network. If you a Metromile per-mile insurance customer, details about your roadside coverage can be found in your contract with us on your online dashboard.

  2. Thank you so much for these tips. My car has been having a lot of problems recently, and I’m afraid that it is just going to break down on the side of the road. I really hope that it doesn’t happen at night. I don’t think that my hazard lights are working in my car.

  3. Thanks for sharing this advice on staying safe during a roadside emergency. I definitely agree that it is important to have a good truck repair service available for things like this. However, it is also true that people shouldn’t be getting out of their car if they don’t feel safe. The emergency service will be able to take care of everything, and it isn’t worth your safety to wander around.

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