On a busy roadway, your car starts grunting and rocking and smoking. Naturally, you pull over to the side because, really, what could be worse than continuing the drive? Actually, though, if your car isn’t visible to passing drivers, your day could get much worse.

Transportation data analysis firm Impact Research studied federal statistics for crashes on all types of roads involving a disabled vehicle in which visibility was likely a factor. It is estimated that more than 500 people were killed and 14,000 injured each year between 2016 and 2018.

If your car becomes disabled …

  • Note your location and assess your vehicle’s operating problem.
  • Turn on your hazards and pull as far off the road as possible.
  • Set up flares or warning triangles, if you have them.
  • Everyone should remain seated in the vehicle with safety belts on.
  • If you must exit the vehicle, move a safe distance from the road.
  • Call for AAA Roadside Assistance.

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