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When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Car Trouble

Unexpected car troubles are inevitable, and even happen to those of us who keep their vehicles in pristine condition. These sudden events often happen at the most inopportune times and can be very stressful. - but they don't have to be. Take a few minutes and review the simple suggestions below that will help you deal with some common driving disturbances. It could help turn you car calamity into a more manageable situation.

A Tire Blows

  • Don't slam on the brakes

  • Gradually release the accelerator

  • Correct the steering to regain control

  • When the vehicle is stabilized, continue to slow down, pull off the road and wait for roadside assistance

Engine Overheats

  • Turn your heat up as high as possible

  • Pull over and open your hood

  • Think happy thoughts and practice deep breathing while you wait for the engine to cool down

  • Then, add about a half cup of water to your antifreeze reservoir as a temporary measure. If there's no room to add more liquid, it may be hose trouble

You Strike an Animal

  • If the animal remains on the highway after you strike it, report the incident to a local law enforcement agency

  • If your car is damaged, pull over, stay in the car and wait for roadside assistance

  • If the animal might still be alive, don't go near it

Unintended Acceleration

  • Brake firmly, without pumping

  • Shift into neutral

  • Do not turn off the vehicle because it will diminish steering and braking ability

  • Steer to a safe location and slow to a stop

  • Shut off the engine while still in neutral

  • Shift into park, set the emergency brake

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