Steps to Take During a Vehicle Breakdown in Georgia
GEORGIA – An online news story from wsbtv.com discusses the steps drivers should take in the event of a vehicle breakdown on Georgia’s roadways.*
If one of your tires goes flat, you should gradually reduce your speed and pull over or move into the shoulder of the road, if you can safely do so. If you can, you should try to pull to the closest exit or the closest location with adequate lighting. If your flat tire is on the same side as moving traffic, you should not change it yourself. You should also never change a flat if you do not have a safe distance between yourself and the roadway.
If you experience a breakdown on an interstate in Georgia, you should attempt to pull into the shoulder on the right side of the road. Usually, the shoulder on the right has more room than the shoulder on the left. You should then contact roadside assistance and wait in your vehicle until help arrives. Do not get out of the vehicle or stand in the roadway.
If you experience a breakdown and cannot pull into the shoulder or median, contact the HERO unit in the Atlanta area by calling 511. You need to put on your hazard lights so other drivers can see you, and to remain in your vehicle with your doors locked and seat belt fastened.
If you are involved in a vehicle accident on a Georgia roadway, you should try to move your vehicle into a safe location away from oncoming traffic. You should then contact law enforcement and your insurance carrier to notify them of the accident.
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