The other day on my way to work I had a tire blowout on the freeway. Talk about scary! I was in the fast lane when it happened. Fortunately, there was a lot of traffic at the time so I was only going about 40mph. My car actually held the road pretty good after the tire popped, so I immediately put my emergency flashers on, looked over my right shoulder and carefully made my way to the slow lane. Fortunately for me, an exit was close by and I was able to park just off the freeway. I then called for roadside assistance.
As I spoke to the roadside assistance agent, I asked her if I should get out of the car and wait for help, or stay inside the car. Surprisingly she said, “I’m not allowed to tell you what to do because of liability issues. All I can say is to use your best judgement and common sense when getting in or out of your vehicle.”
Now I understand that we live in a very litigious society, but come on, there has to be some sort of protocol for an incident like this. For the record, because I was on the right side of the freeway and cars were passing by my driver’s side door, I carefully switched to the passenger side seat, fastened my seat belt and waited for the Cavalry.
My car doesn’t come from the factory with a spare tire, so I needed to be towed to a local tire shop. Once my tire was fixed, I returned to work and did a little research online about dealing with accidents on the road. I came across an article from the National Safety Council titled “What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down on the Highway” and this helpful article from our friends at AAA. Feel free to share this information with your family and friends. After all, it may even save a life!
Drive Safely! : )