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POTENTIAL FOR DISASTER WHEN YOUR CAR STALLS ON THE HIGHWAY 9OUR l RST CONCERN MUST BE YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF YOUR PASSENGERS 'ET TING OUT ON THE SPOT TO CHANGE A TIRE OR CHECK DAMAGE FROM A FENDER BENDER IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO 4HE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES ARE REC OMMENDED WHEN YOUR CAR BREAKS DOWN s .EVER GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE TO MAKE A REPAIR OR EXAMINE THE DAMAGE ON THE SPOT 'ET THE VEHICLE TO A SAFE PLACE BEFORE GETTING OUT s )F YOU CAN T DRIVE THE CAR IT MAY STILL BE SAFER TO STAY IN THE CAR AND WAIT FOR HELP OR USE A CELL PHONE TO SUMMON HELP 3TANDING OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE IN THE m OW OF TRAFl C UNDER MOST CIRCUMSTANC ES IS A BAD IDEA s #ARRY m ARES OR TRIANGLES TO MARK YOUR LOCATION ONCE YOU GET TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD -ARKING YOUR VEHICLE S LOCATION TO GIVE OTHER DRIVERS ADVANCE WARNING OF

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s )N THE CASE OF A BLOWOUT OR A m AT TIRE MOVE THE VEHICLE TO A SAFER PLACE BEFORE ATTEMPTING A REPAIR ˆ EVEN IF IT MEANS DESTROYING THE WHEEL GETTING THERE 4HE COST OF A TIRE RIM OR WHEEL IS RELATIVELY MINOR COMPARED TO A FATAL INJURY s 2OADSIDE TRAGEDIES REMIND US OF THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING WIDE SHOULDERS OR SAFE PLACES IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE FOR MOTORISTS TO USE WHEN THEY NEED THEM 7HEN SAFE PLACES ARE NOT READILY AVAILABLE MOTORISTS SHOULD MOVE THEIR VEHICLES TO THE NEAREST SAFE PULL OFF AREA

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