Safe&Sound: 3 Smart Rules to Roadside Safety for WomenMon Apr 24, 2017
Nancy Buechler- MarketingWhen I was a college student, I was traveling home on a rural road late at night when noticed I was quickly approaching a very slow moving car from behind. It seemed to be lost or having mechanical issues. I slowed down, but before I knew what happened, the other car came to a screeching stop and I rear-ended it. I was shaken up but relieved it was only a fender bender. Then the doors opened and two strangers got out and headed towards my car. The relief was instantly gone and I was terrified and alone.
I’m a mother now, much wiser, and usually in bed before 11:00! But, I still drive alone every day and have daughters that do too. So, I wanted to survey our auto insurance claims team here at NNINS to find out the smartest advice for these modern times. After all, we've got decades of experience helping members through tough roadside situations.
Here are our 3 simple rules:
1. Your cell phone is your best friend.
So, keep it charged! If it’s dead, you still should be able to use the car’s battery to make an emergency call even if your car won’t start- just turn your key to the 2nd or 3rd ignition position. Even if you can’t get a signal, pretend to be talking to someone if a stranger is present.
2. Never accept unofficial help.
No matter how kind or harmless a “good Samaritan” seems, our times call for caution. Don’t roll down your window or get out of the car. The ONLY help you should accept from them is a phone call to 911. Don’t leave the safety of your car until an emergency responder or your roadside service arrives.
3. Don’t assume an unmarked car with a flashing light is a police officer.
Crack your window and ask for a call to roadside assistance. Don’t trust an ID he shows you. If he asks you to come out of the car, call 911 to verify his identity. You can even crack the window and inform the officer you’re doing so and provide license and registration if needed. If he’s the real deal, he won’t mind.
Practice these 3 smart rules, but also try to prevent roadside emergencies with our Safe&Sound Driving Essentials and you’ll be set! If you get stranded with little ones, check out our blog post on how to keep you and your kids safe. And don't forget all our auto insurance policies have 24-7 Roadside Assistance: 1-800-913-8847.
I wish I could tell my younger self what I know now. Thankfully, that night long ago, I was smart enough to exchange insurance information with other driver through a slightly cracked window, and was able to drive my car away from the accident. But if you aren’t so lucky and find yourself alone on the side of Virginia roads, follow our 3 safety rules so you can stay safe and sound.