What to Do in a Break Down

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As many of us get ready for the harvest season, truck drivers have their worries about the season. Breakdowns are possible while transporting goods for harvest, such as grain or cattle. As we discussed in our last article, having an emergency kit is always best. However, we didn’t get into what exactly you should do when you break down. In this article, we will explore that topic.

Stay Calm, Be Prepared

One of the most important things to remember about breaking down is that it genuinely does happen to everyone. No matter the vehicle, breakdowns are inevitable in life. That is why it’s essential to stay calm and be prepared. As discussed in our previous article, you should already have an emergency kit in your truck. If you don’t, now is the perfect time to create one. Always be prepared for weather and truck-related emergencies, whether you’re home every night or on the road for weeks. Stay calm, assess the situation, and determine the best course of action if stranded. Remain safety conscious when you break down, and don’t panic.

How to Handle a Problem

When you realize a problem with your truck, you must act quickly. Don’t wait for the problem to become pronounced. If you suspect an issue, pull over onto an on-ramp and check it out. This is much safer and easier than trying to navigate the shoulder of the road and not being hit by drivers who are not getting over and not paying attention. When you pull over, turn on your flashers, check to ensure that everyone behind you is paying attention when you slow down, and then get out and set up your triangles. These will alert drivers to your situation, and they will (hopefully) move to the other lane.interstate break down

Inspect the engine or tires for issues; identify the problem and, if possible, resolve it on your own. If you can’t, call for help. If you are working with a company, also call in and update them on the situation. Then…you wait and probably wait some more. Sometimes, wait times can be very long, and you should be prepared. Remember that other cars may not see you pulled over, so be ready for a collision.

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