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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

What To Do If You Are Stranded At Night

14 Mar Blog | Comments

Being stranded on the side of a freeway at night can be scary for anyone.

If you are every stranded on the side of a freeway, be it day or night, you need to always keep in mind that traffic around you is still traveling at 55 mph or faster.

The key to staying safe is to remain in your vehicle whenever possible—activate your emergency flashers and remain calm. If you feel uncomfortable staying in your vehicle, be sure to stand as far away from the traffic lanes as possible; in some cases, that might mean standing behind a barrier or guard rail.

Most people have a cellular phone and this is the time to use it.  Do not dial 911 unless your situation is dire.  Meaning that you, or a passenger are in need of medical aid or you are blocking a traffic lane where you may be struck at any time.

Never attempt to change a flat tire on the side of a freeway unless it is your only option.  Driving to the nearest exit, even if it means using the right shoulder is the best thing you can do to assure your safety.

If you are stranded for an extended period of time due to your location, make sure you conserve your vehicle’s battery power. You can do this by starting your vehicle once every hour and letting it run for 15 minutes before turning it off.  This will keep a charge on the battery and allow you to maintain the power for your emergency flashers.

If someone should approach you and offer help, be gracious and ask them to call for help. Never leave your vehicle and travel with a stranger.

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