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What To Do When Your Car Breaks Down; Advice From AAA

It's easy to panic when you're stranded by the side of the road after your car breaks down or you're late for an early morning meeting and it just won't start. Helping you keep your cool and stay safe, AAA has some advice for stranded motorists.

In a case where your car just won't start, the problem may lie with the battery. It could be that it's discharged or there's a poor connection. Open the hood and check out the battery to see if it's securely mounted in place and see if the cable clamps are connected to the battery. Cable clamps that are loose or corroded may be the problem. Clean the corrosion from the battery terminals and cable clamps and make sure the clamps are secured tight. If that doesn't work, check to see if your car is fully in park and that there's enough fuel in the vehicle. If all else fails, it's time to call in a road service provider.

If you ever find yourself experiencing car problems while driving, your first priority is pulling off to a safe location. This should be away from the flow of traffic, and you should stay in your car while waiting for roadside assistance. Once you're safe, you can call your road service provider. Take a look around and take note of your surroundings, landmarks and signs anything that will help roadside assistance find your location. There are even certain smartphone apps (such as AAA TripTik Mobile and AAA Roadside) that will send your GPS location right to your roadside assistance provider.

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That's almost laughable considering most (if not all) members here are Jeepers. The road one of us will break down on will probably be a remote forest service road, or the White Rim trail out of Moab Utah. It won't be a simple battery problem either, it'll be a broken axle or steering arm, a tire bead rolled off a wheel, or water sucked into the air intake from fording too deep a stream.

I pack not only recovery gear, but survival stuff such as bottled water and MRE's to eat, emergency bivouac sleeping bags, tools, tire repair kit and an air compressor, etc. etc. to keep comfy with for most of a week in back country. I even have a full size shovel on the roof rack. The seasons matter too: In winter, it's cold weather gear including a parka, ski overalls, electric socks, and snow boots. Summer and it's a 5 gallon water container in addition to the usual bottled water stash.

Worst case scenario, I push the 911 button on my SPOT satellite messenger and wait for the rescue team.

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In my years of driving experience, if your car is driving along and just quits, it is not the battery. Out of gas, yes, battery no. Cars that simply stop dead while driving usually have a non-battery related electrical problem. (unless there is a lot of clunking and banging involved)
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