Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne advice: what to do if your car breaks down this holiday weekend, or any other time

Broken down car

This coming weekend marks the 2nd of the three major holiday weekends of our summer season here in the United States – Independence Day. In fact, according to a recent survey by the travel organization AAA, over 44 million Americans are expected to travel this weekend, a record number for any holiday since the great recession almost a decade ago. Around 2 million of those travelers are expected to be Floridians, almost 5% of our nation’s total.


Therefore, with a number of our Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Treasure Coast family and friends traveling this weekend (including a number of us here from the Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. law offices) we believe it is the perfect time to offer all of you some important rules for what to do if your car breaks down while you are traveling:

  • As soon as you sense there is a problem, turn on your hazard lights
  • If your car is still moving, try to steer to the right and pull over to the right shoulder as quickly but also safely as possible. If you are unable to get over to the right but there is an area available to stop your vehicle out of moving traffic in the median area, move your vehicle to that area.
  • Wherever your vehicle comes to a complete stop, fully activate your emergency brake. You want to make sure that your vehicle will not start rolling in either direction, which can happen on even a normal, almost imperceptible slope to your naked eye.
  • Call for help – if you do not know the local number for roadside assistance or for the local police, call 911.
  • Stay in your vehicle until traffic clears. For example, if the worst happens and your vehicle stalls on the highway in traffic, do not leave your vehicle until help arrives, no matter how long it takes.
  • Once you are able to exit your vehicle safely (if you are) pop your hood and leave it open to signal other drivers that your vehicle is broken down.
  • DO NOT try to make any repairs or checking under your car if you are on the side of busy roadway or still in the line of traffic. People have been seriously injured and even killed in such situations.
  • If you can, put out some type of flares or other safety devices that behind your vehicle that signal you are in distress and can not move. Put one about 10 feet behind the vehicle, and another about 200 feet behind.
  • Once you have done these things, walk as far away from oncoming traffic as possible to wait for help to come.


At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne we strongly believe in sharing any information that can help prevent tragedy from happening – like these tips for what you should do if your car breaks down this Independence Day holiday weekend. We know that automobile accidents and other issues you’re your car happen. To learn more about all areas of personal injury law we practice, please go to: You can also contact us directly by phone at (561) 686-3400. We offer a free initial consultation, and there are no fees unless we collect for you on your case.


Our main offices are in Jupiter, Florida, and we have handled cases throughout south Florida and the Treasure Coast. We have been devoted to protecting south Florida families for over 40 years!


Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached.


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