Common sense often gets lost in many stressful situations and that’s why we often post safety blogs here at Mike’s Auto Body to reinforce the rules of the road.
So, here is our list of the top five reasons why you should pull your vehicle over. We are not including some of the more obvious reasons for pulling over on our list, such as the police, driver fatigue, and other distractions while focusing on several that we want to share.
1 Medical Emergency
If you think that you may be encountering a medical difficulty of any type, pull over promptly as soon as it’s safe. We’ve heard too many tales about individuals with all the signs of either a stroke or heart attack who try to get home before dealing with it. But that is a big mistake and many of those people never make it. Call 911 when you feel as though you or any of your passengers have medical concerns. By acting fast, you can save your life or someone else’s.
- Lack of Visibility
Your visibility can quickly become impaired for many reasons, including an abrupt downpour, heavy fog, faulty windshield wipers, flying debris, or an unlatched hood lock. The most common reason for a lack of visibility is a windshield that is covered in either fog, snow, rain, or ice. If you can’t see the road clearly for whatever reason, you’re driving blind–so pull over pronto when it happens.
- Temperature Light or Oil Light
If either of these two warning lights come on, don’t ever try to make it home before finding out the cause. Driving without oil pressure can destroy a vehicle’s internal parts in milliseconds and in some instances, your engine might even seize, costing you thousands. Serious overheating can blow your head gasket or crack your cylinder head, which is bad news and a costly mistake.
- Sudden Change in Handling
If you ever sense that something is wrong with your car’s handling and can feel it through your steering wheel, chances are it is fairly serious. It could be a sudden, acute change like a tire blowing out or a wheel about to fall off, or possibly the steering wheel is unexpectedly wobbling or tugging in one direction. These are all potentially dire problems that require pulling over, so never hesitate when you encounter any sudden change in handling.
If you see flames coming out of anywhere in your car, pull over right away This may seem like common sense, but you would be shocked to learn that many people will keep driving while their vehicles are on fire. Don’t worry about driving to your local firehouse, because you could endanger yourself or others, so just get off the road and call 911.
Stay safe in 2022—brought to all of you here at Mike’s Auto Body!
Sources: NHTSA, AARP, and IIHS