Your car breaking down can really ruin your day. You end up having to wait on the side of the road until the tow truck can come and take your car to the garage. If you do have to wait on the side of the road, it's important that you do what you can to assure your safety while you are waiting. Having your day ruined because the car broke down is one thing, having it ruined because you got hit while you were waiting is something totally different.
Pull Off the Road
The further off the side of the road you can go, the safer it will be for you, your car, your tow truck driver, and the other motorists. If you can get into a parking lot, that would be the best situation. However, parking lots don't really exist on the side of the highway. In that case, you want to get as far over on the shoulder as you can.
The best way to be safe is to make sure that other people can see you. So, make sure that they can. During the day, you can set out triangle warning signs behind your car. Put them out a few feet behind your car so that other drivers have enough warning to pull over into the other lane and avoid you. You can get these signs in a roadside emergency kit. They aren't very big, so they won't take up a lot of room in your trunk. You can also attach a flag on your antenna. It's just another way to grab the attention of other drivers.
At night, you will want to put out flares. Put the flares out further behind your car, and then repeat them as you get closer to your car. It will be harder for cars to see you in the dark, and they will need more reaction time.
Use the Passenger Door
Whenever possible, you should use the passenger side doors to get into and out of the car. You don't want to open your car door into traffic or take the risk of falling into the road. If you get out of your car and walk on the passenger side, you should be able to keep your car in between you and traffic, as much as possible.
Watch Out For Other Drivers
After you have called the tow truck and taken all the outside safety measures, you should get in your car and wait. Make sure that you lock all the doors. If other drivers come up to you and offer help, just crack your window and tell them that you have a tow truck coming. The odds are that the other drivers are perfectly harmless, but it's better to b safe than sorry.
Being careful and staying safe means that once your car gets towed, you can get your day back on track. A towing company will have more information on safety measure you should take.