You never want to leave your vehicle in the middle of the road. Drive it to the right shoulder or other safe spot before you attempt to figure out what’s wrong with it or call for help. This way, your vehicle won’t obstruct traffic, and you have a clearer line of sight when you’re ready to return to the road.
Tell other drivers that you’re immobile and warn them to slow down when you place flares or reflective triangles on the road at least six feet behind your vehicle. Turn on your hazard lights, too.
It’s tempting to stand outside and flag help or attempt to fix your vehicle, but this choice is dangerous on busy highways. Remain in your vehicle until roadside assistance or a helpful friend arrives.
Turn on the Lights
If you don’t set up flares or reflective triangles, other drivers won’t see you at night until the last minute. Increase your visibility and safety when you turn on the interior lights.
Hang a White Marker
A white fabric square, scarf or paper hanging from the driver’s side window alerts other drivers that you’re broken down and immobile. Secure a white object into place and then wait for help.
Call for Help
Call Riggs Roadside we're available 24/7, so call us on your cellphone as soon as your vehicle is safely off the road. You can also use a call box if it’s located near your vehicle. If you don’t have a phone or a nearby call box, wait for highway patrol to find you.
Breaking down on the highway is no fun, and it’s dangerous.