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Tip No: 19 - Break Down
If you have a breakdown, pull as far off the road as possible, turn on your four way flashers, and display a police sign from your radio antenna or put it in your back window. If you don't have a police sign hang out some white piece of clothing. Truck drivers recognize this as a sign of distress. Some drivers will be able to radio or telephone ahead for help. Unless there is a collision or someone is obviously in distress they may not stop because they run on tight schedules and are also concerned about their own security and safety. Never open your door/windows for anyone. If someone stops to help, politely ask him or her to phone for help.

Other Helpful Hints:

There are a number of low cost cellular phones available which are designed for use in emergency situations. It may be prudent to consider obtaining one.

Unexpected breakdowns emphasize the Importance of letting someone know when and where you will be traveling.

Consider becoming a member of one of the many organizations, which offer roadside assistance. Coupled with an in-car cell phone, this type of service can provide you with reliable assistance.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
  6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
  8-Backing Up
  9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
  13-Regular Maintenance
  14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
  16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
  21-The Survival Kit
  22-Winter Driving
  23-Getting Unstuck
  24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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