Make Sure You’re Prepared

February 11, 2016


Are you prepared for a vehicle breakdown?

Vehicle BreakdownCar problems happen, flat tires, dead batteries or mechanical trouble, like a check engine light or brake failure. You can try to prevent these things from happening with regular vehicle maintenance. But sometimes things happen, like driving over that nail. Of course you didn’t see it, how could you?

Be Prepared

Being prepared, means knowing what to do in case of a vehicle breakdown. Make sure you have a spare tire in case of a flat or cables to charge your battery. If not, make sure you have roadside assistance.


On no, not the dreaded Check Engine Light…Vehicle Breakdown

  • If the engine’s running smoothly and the transmission is shifting properly, you can continue to drive the vehicle until you can get it checked by a mechanic.
  • If it’s flashing, pull over at the nearest safe spot. Have the vehicle towed to a repair shop immediately. Driving with a flashing “check engine” light can destroy expensive ($1,200 and up) emissions components.

What was that? A tire blowout…

Tire maintenance is important, but road debris can quickly destroy a good tire.

  1. Hold your steering wheel firmly and take your foot off the gas pedal.
  2. Don’t step on the brake until your vehicle is under control.
  3. Move to the side of the road.

You step on the brake, but there’s a problem…

Regular maintenance can help make sure your brakes are in good working order. What to do, if you do have brake problems…

  1. Take your foot off the gas pedal.
  2. Try pumping the brake pedal to build up pressure.
  3. Slow down by shifting into lower gear.
  4. Use your emergency or parking brake.

Drive safe and be prepared. We’re here to help. At Park Plaza Shell, we’ll not only pump your gas for you, we’ll clean your windshield, check your tires and check under your hood too! We’re your Full Service Gas Station! And our Plaza Automotive Center, can help with our Scheduled Maintenance Service.  Call 310.831.2888 for an appointment



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