The road at night can become silent and cumbersome. This can all change in a matter of moments should you encounter car problems such as a flat tire. Many become freighted and in a panic forget that the roadside can be a very deadly situation.
Sadly on Friday, July 27, 2012 Mr. Travis Danner, a tow truck driver of Fat Boy Towing, was aiding a customer with a tire change. Shortly after a 18 wheeler struck the tow truck and Mr. Danner. The incident took Mr. Travis Lee Danner’s life at the age of 21. The dangers of the side of the road are evident and clear “It can kill you.”
More and more today drivers are distracted and the main cause are electronic devices such as cell phones. Texas created a law in 2003 to assist emergency personnel, to include tow truck drivers, called the “Move Over Act” requiring motorists to “move over” if there is emergency personnel on the side of the road. If the motorist(s) are unable to move over it is required they slow down to 20 MPH. As a roadside service provider, I have to say this law has not been enforced to my knowledge especially in any service calls I have witnessed or been involved in.
With that said, you may wonder how to keep yourself safe should you find yourself on the side of the road? In all actuality there is no way to prevent an accident and the more you fear the road the more you have a chance of survival. There are a few things you should consider if you break down on the side of any road. If you are on a major highway and are not able to pull off to the side and vacate the auto, make your first call to police. The local police will arrive and assist you in safely waiting at the location for roadside assistance to arrive or take you to another safe location further down the road. If you find yourself on the side of the road at night or rush hour, please do not risk your life in trying to fix the problem yourself. A driver texting can easily take your life in a matter of seconds.
Should you feel you can assist yourself, turn all your lights on inside and outside the car (even your dome light). This allows other cars to see you better. If you have any bright colored items you can wear while fixing the situation wear them. Try to exit the non-traffic side of the car, walk on the non-traffic side, and watch traffic as much as possible. Remember, your life is at risk even if you feel confident that it isn’t.