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How to Prepare for Common Break-Down Scenarios
Driving Tips

icon/user/avatar/20 Created with Sketch. By Travis Triggs

Hello San Diego County residents!

We're all too familiar with the sunny days and beautiful scenery of our region, but with frequent travel, car breakdowns are an unfortunate reality we must prepare for. Whether you're cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway or navigating the busy streets of downtown, knowing how to handle common break-down scenarios is essential for every driver in our area.

1. Overheating Engine:
San Diego's warm climate means overheating engines are a common issue. To prepare, always keep an eye on your vehicle's temperature gauge. Carry extra coolant and water in your trunk, and know how to safely add coolant to your engine if needed. If your car does overheat, pull over safely, turn off the engine, and wait for it to cool before checking the coolant level.

2. Tire Blowouts:
Our roads can be tough on tires. Regularly check your tire pressure, tread depth, and keep an eye out for any visible damage. Always have a spare tire, a jack, and a tire iron in your car. If you're not confident in changing a tire yourself, have a roadside assistance number handy.

3. Dead Battery:
A dead battery can strike anywhere, especially if you accidentally leave lights on or use electronics while the engine is off. Keep jumper cables in your car and familiarize yourself with how to use them. Alternatively, a portable battery charger can be a lifesaver. Regular battery checks at your local service center can also prevent unexpected dead batteries.

4. Running Out of Fuel:
Though it seems avoidable, running out of fuel happens. Always try to keep your tank at least a quarter full. In case you do run out, keep an empty gas can in your trunk – it's safer than carrying a full one. Know the location of gas stations on your usual routes, especially if you're planning a longer trip.

5. Getting Stuck:
Sand and mud can be tricky in coastal and desert areas. Carry a small shovel, sand, or kitty litter for traction, and consider investing in tow straps. Understanding how to safely push or pull a car out of a tight spot is valuable knowledge.

Preparation is key to handling car breakdowns. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle, including water, non-perishable snacks, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit. Regular vehicle maintenance is also crucial. Stay safe out there, San Diego County drivers, and remember, it's always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared!

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