Tips for Breakdown

What to do if you break down

Pull your vehicle as far onto the right shoulder if possible if not get the vehicle as far out of the lanes of traffic as you can.

Make sure you display your emergency flashers or a distress sign if you have one.

Be aware of your surroundings and do not step out of the vehicle into a lane of traffic.

Remain calm and know that assistance is available.

Do not get out of your vehicle, it is safer to stay inside the vehicle. Stay with your vehicle, MA can not help if you are not with your vehicle when they arrive.

Do not attempt to change a flat in or near a lane of traffic. It is better to ruin a tire or rim than to risk being struck by another vehicle.

If you are involved in an accident and your vehicle is drivable, move your vehicle over to the right shoulder out of the lanes of traffic, then call *55 for help. Stay in your vehicle, this will provide the safest situation while you await help and It’s The Law.

Tips to Avoid a Breakdown

The Motorist Assist program is here to help you however we would like to provide you with easy tips to avoid the inconvenience of experiencing a break down. These tips if practiced can keep you running smoothly:

  • Regularly check your fuel levels, especially gasoline low gas levels are hard on electric fuel pumps
  • Check your windshield wipers
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure, make sure you always have a spare tire
  • Maintain hoses and belts
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Need Assistance?

Dial *55 to contact the Missouri Highway Patrol and have help sent your way.