What to do if Your Car Breaks Down in Traffic

Be Aware Of What Might Break On This Very Trip

Has it been a long time since you changed your oil? Did you notice a kind of weird whining sound when you pulled out of your driveway? Has that clunking sound been getting louder? These are all things to be mindful of, particularly if you’re driving a car given to you by your uncle who never cleans house even when relatives come over, if your car is a Saturn, or if you have ever bought anything ever off of Craigslist.

The idea is to be mindful and aware, even casually. If your car does suddenly break, it’s not a surprise, and that’s important.

Always Have An Exit Strategy

However, sometimes cars are cruel and they give you absolutely no warning whatsoever that they are about to fail you. Usually our cars do warn us, but we don’t always know how to listen for the signs.

In any case, knowing that disaster could strike at any time, always have in mind that this car could just shut off. Maybe even at this exact moment. When you’re in the far right lane of a highway, you can happily note that you’re next to the shoulder and can easily pull over. When you’re in the far left lane, always keep up your spatial awareness, and know how you could coast over to that far shoulder.

This mindfulness will greatly increase your chill if and when your car breaks down. Being chill is key—so that you don’t have that moment of panic, wildly scanning the road, missing something in your blind spot or changing lanes without signaling.

If you at all can, make your way all the way off the highway. You’ll know if you can, because up until this point you were being a good driver and making note of when the next exit was coming up. Be aware. Be prepared. Calmly curse the day you decided not to take auto shop class in high school.


After You’ve Pulled Over

Make your car visible. Turn your flashers on, unfold your triangles (you should really buy some high-visibility folding triangles), and set your flares if it’s dark and dreary and you’re gonna be stuck there for a while. Also don’t leave your car on the far side of a curve, or in a spot thats extra hard to see. Here’s a checklist:

  • Move away from your car. This is particularly true in the winter, say, if you skidded off the road. Somebody else might skid where you did, and hit your car. Don’t stand by it.
  • See if there’s something that’s visibly wrong. Did your battery get disconnected? Did you not notice that you ran out of gas? Is there a plume of steam coming out of the hood? Did one of your spark plug wires come loose? Is an unidentifiable fluid gushing forth from under your car?
  • Call a buddy. We all have a buddy. Somebody who knows your car better than you do. I have three people I can call in case one doesn’t pick up. They help me diagnose problems and they have helped me many times fix minor issues enough to get me home. Did that once involve me getting an electric shock re-connecting a spark plug with jumper cables? Most definitely. This is a key step, because you want an outside opinion on if you can fix this yourself or if you really do need to start making expensive decisions.
  • Call the tow truck. There is no shame in it. I have done it. We have all done it. Sometimes there’s nothing that can realistically be done to get your car back on the road, particularly if your alternator just died, or if you’re on the hard shoulder of I-40 in the middle of the night and you just dropped a valve. I know this from experience.
  • Let a professional figure out exactly what needs to be done. Let someone who knows what they’re doing tell you what’s wrong in order to get back on the road. Listen to everyone helping fix your car, learn something from them, and keep that knowledge in your mind when you’re next driving along, aware of what might go wrong next.

Once you have exited the fast, dangerous highway and made it out of the way of other fast, dangerous moving cars, really, that’s all you need to do. Things get easy from here, because your primary safety is taken care of and that’s what’s important.

Your Surroundings Are Key

The primary goal of these steps is to really, seriously minimize the amount of time that you’re physically on the side of the highway. Everything is a calculation for getting off the shoulder with 18 wheelers whizzing past you. Your call to the tow truck should be as swift as possible, but you should know that a tow truck probably isn’t going to get to you any sooner than an hour after you call. So if you are in a safe placeand able to do a quick roadside repair, like replacing the fan belt on your janky VW, or neatly executing a tire change, go for it.


Leaving Your Car On The Shoulder

These are highway-oriented steps, and if you end up broken down out in the middle of nowhere on a rural road, things are slightly different. Obviously the danger of being next to the highway disappears. If you have to abandon your car for whatever reason, there are a few things you can do while you leave it to go get help. Tie a shirt or rag or bag around the door handle, code that you’re going to return to your car, broken not abandoned. Call the police to let them know that your car is at a specific location, and broken not abandoned. And figure out how long your car can stay where it is without getting towed. It might take you some time to get your car back up and running. That’s fine!

We’ve all been there, and it’s no fun. As long as you keep safety in mind and keep your cool, you’ll be fine. Don’t give up! It’s going to be fine.


full article: http://adequateman.deadspin.com/what-to-do-if-your-car-breaks-down-in-traffic-1785455444



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Ladies Love Their Rides


DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 21, 2016 – The iconic Ford Mustang has added yet another award to its trophy case – Women’s Performance Car of the Year 2016.

Up against a staggering 294 competitors, Mustang emerged as the top performance car in the Women’s World Car of the Year awards. The awards are determined by 17 judges across 14 countries – the only vehicle honors in the world granted by a panel made up entirely of women. Mustang’s closest contender was the critically acclaimed Ford Focus RS, with just one point separating the two.

“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty, masculine car that turns heads,” said Juliet Potter, Women’s World Car of the Year jury member from Australia. “Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.”



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Best Ford Beginner Cars for College Students

It’s never easy to send your son or daughter off to a university for the first time. By now, you’ve probably checked off nearly every box on the move-in checklist from a mini-fridge to a shower caddy. If your college student will be driving between home and school, it’s important to make sure that the vehicle they are driving is both safe and reliable. Luckily, Ford has two great cars, the Focus and Fiesta, that make great, reliable starter cars for young drivers. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of both of these vehicles.


The Ford Focus is the perfect balance of style and functionality. Available as a hatchback or sedan, the Focus also has three upgraded versions including the Titanium, the ST and the RS. The Focus Titanium features an upgraded interior that strips away the feeling of a “cheap car”. For those who have long drives between school and home, having excellent fuel economy will be an important factor to consider for a starter car. Although the fuel economy varies across the different models, the standard Focus comes in at 9.2 City L/100km and 6.6 Hwy L/100km/8.0. Safety is another factor to consider when buying a car for a young driver. According to Auto Blog, the Focus is “built on a global structure engineered to meet international crash-test standards,” and received five stars across the board in overall, frontal and side crash test ratings. As an added bonus, the Focus is also very affordable, starting at just $17,199.


For the second year in a row, the Ford Fiesta has been named by Kelley Blue Book as one of the Top 10 Back-to-School cars. The Fiesta is safe, fun, dynamic and an overall great value. Available in a sedan or hatch, the Fiesta also boasts entertainment features such as SYNC 3, which is equipped with voice recognition, ultimate music streaming control and SYNC AppLink™. According to Ford, “[The] Fiesta helps to keep you and your occupants protected with seven total airbags including dual-stage front airbags, driver’s knee airbag, and front and rear side-curtain airbags.” The Fiesta has a price tag starting at just $16,049.

Both the Ford Focus and Fiesta will make excellent starter cars for your son or daughter.

Get the most out of your driving experience with SiriusXM in your Ford

When you think about how much time you spend in your Ford, it’s a given that you probably do plenty of listening while behind the wheel.

Whether it’s catching up on the news of the day during the morning commute, bumping some party music on a Friday night cruise, or having an all-out sing-along with your buds on a weekend road trip, your Ford is like your very own private listening room on wheels, especially when you’ve got the kind of serious sound selections offered by SiriusXM.

Oh, did we mention now’s a good time because SiriusXM is free for Ford drivers (for a limited time)?

All you have to do is turn it on between May 18th and June 1st, 2016 and you can take SiriusXM for a test drive.

There’s bound to be something for you on one of the 54 SiriusXM channels at your disposal, no matter your mood or your musical pleasure of the moment. Whether you feel like the best of the 80s, today’s hottest country hits on Prime Country, vintage rock on the Classic Vinyl station, or booty-boppin’ dance beats on SiriusXM Fly the music is always commercial-free.

Need your entertainment fix? Get the inside scoop from NHL Network Radio, side-splitting comedy Laugh USA or the latest breaking news from CNN.

In fact, there’s even a chance that you might already have SiriusXM in your Ford right now. If that’s the case, it’s a great time to change the way you listen to the radio and find out for yourself just how great SiriusXM’s sound quality and diverse programming selections are – perfect if you’re lucky enough to have the THX-certified platinum sound system in your Ford Explorer.


And it sounds great too, especially coming through the Premium Audio System by Sony, featuring 12 high-end speakers installed in ten locations—talk about a reason to find that perfect program to suit your mood!


It’s time to hear what great radio sounds like in your Ford—take SiriusXM for a spin today!

Get started by pressing the SIRIUS, SXM, BAND, SAT, AUX, RADIO or SOURCE button on your radio. Consult the channel guide below to learn which stations are available during the promotion and enjoy the great programming!

Contact SiriusXM via their customer service chat portal or call them at 1-888-539-7474 with any questions or concerns.

New Ford Fusion offers stop-and-go tech to relieve stressful travel

Commuters, rejoice! Ford is introducing a new driver-assist technology that will make your morning drive a lot less stressful. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology – designed to take the edge off driving in heavy traffic – is available in the 2017 Ford Fusion.

The semi-autonomous technology makes use of a sophisticated radar-and-camera based system to accelerate and break for the driver – all while maintaining a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead, bringing the car to a complete stop when traffic freezes.

Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go is just one of 20 driver-assist options for the new 2017 Ford Fusion available this spring.