Breakdown! It doesn’t matter how great a vehicle you drive or how experienced a driver you are — sooner or later you will likely have the dreaded inconvenience of a vehicle breakdown. At the NYE Automotive Group, we want to be sure all drivers out there go through that trying time as safely as possible. Luckily, thanks to modern cell phone technology, help is usually just a phone call away … at least until you get into an area with no cell coverage, anyways. Depending on where you are and what time of year it is, that breakdown experience can be quite harrowing, so be prepared in advance. It’s getting close to the return of winter, so you’ll want to make sure to always travel with emergency supplies like a blanket, flashlight, and extra water in case you do get stuck somewhere in the cold. The first thing to do when you have a breakdown is to move the vehicle safely to the side of the road and out of traffic. Usually you won’t come to a sudden, dead stop, so you should have time to steer your failing vehicle to the shoulder and park with your tires facing away from the roadway before it conks out completely. Make sure to turn on your blinking hazard lights so people will know something is wrong. Put the vehicle in park, set the emergency break, and wait for assistance to arrive. You can even put out some road flares and open your hood to alert other drivers you have a problem. Hopefully you already have a plan for calling for help in an emergency, so you aren’t fumbling around in a panic for a name and number. Many people have auto club cards, or their new vehicles came with roadside service, but still it’s a good idea to take a moment right now to consider who you would contact in an emergency. Don’t leave that decision for the heat of the stressful time trapped on the side of the road. Stay in the car! Don’t go walking around in the area of the road. It’s not safe, plus you’ll want to be nearby when help arrives. And unless you already have some auto mechanic experience, don’t suddenly decide it’s time to take a stab on fixing your vehicle yourself. That’s what we pay our repair technicians to do, so you can sit back and (usually) enjoy the ride. Always exercise caution when you break down. Sad to say, you need to be aware that not everyone who stops may really be a good Samaritan looking to help you out. If someone comes to the door, simply roll the window down a little and tell him or her you have called for help and it is on the way. Unfortunately, that’s the world we live in today and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Once help arrives, hopefully they can get you back on the road with a minimum of effort. But if not, make sure to tell the driver which NYE repair shop to leave your vehicle at when it’s brought here. Some tow drivers might not be familiar with our facility, so don’t leave it to chance that he or she will deliver the vehicle where you expect it. Trust me; I’ve experienced that 30-minute search for a vehicle that had been towed in the night before personally. Of course, the best way to avoid a breakdown is to stop a problem before it gets to that point, so if anything is troubling you give NYE Automotive a call today. Winter is right around the corner, and you’ll drive a little easier knowing our experienced technicians have given your ride a thorough check before you hit the pavement. The NYE Automotive Group is located at 1479 Genesee St. in Oneida, N.Y. 13421. For more info on any of our vehicles and services, call (315) 363-0600 or email email@example.com.