February 9, 2023
A Stalled Vehicle Poses a Serious Safety Risk!
You’re singing to your favorite road trip playlist, and the next thing you know, your engine gives out while you’re driving down a road. A stalled car is every driver’s worst nightmare. If this happens while you’re stuck in moving traffic, it could lead to crashes, injuries, or even loss of lives. On the other hand, if your car stalls in the middle of nowhere, you could end up stuck for almost an eternity without food or water.
What to Do When Your Engine Stalls
A stalling car engine could result from a mechanical problem or an issue with the fuel or air your vehicle is receiving. It’s important to note that a vehicle can stall after starting it up or while you’re driving. To help you cope when your engine quits on you, Veteran Car Donations is here to guide you on what to do:
- STEP 1: Don’t panic.
It’s easy to panic when your car stalls while you’re driving. When this happens, the power steering and braking systems won’t work, and you have to use manual force to bring your vehicle to a stop on the side of the road. The secret to bringing such a misadventure to a safe resolution is to remain calm and keep your composure.
- STEP 2: Turn on the emergency hazard lights.
Once the engine dies, your brake pedal becomes harder to push. Moreover, your car’s stopping distance will also increase, and you may struggle to rotate your steering wheel. Your airbags may not also work as they should, depending on what caused your engine to stall.
At this point, you’ll want to turn on your emergency hazard lights. Look for the button on your dash with a red triangle on it. If you’re driving an older model, you may find it on the steering wheel column.
Promptly turning on your emergency hazard lights will make your turn indicators flash simultaneously and alert other drivers that your car has a problem.
- STEP 3: Park your car.
To get your car out of traffic, try to put it into neutral and coast it to the side of the road. You’ll want to park your vehicle away from traffic lanes. If your engine won’t start and you’re stuck in a traffic lane, you’ll need to stay inside the vehicle to protect yourself. Next, call 911 to get help in moving your car to safety.
- STEP 4: Start the engine.
Try starting the engine again once you’ve safely parked your car. Shift to Park if you’re driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission. Shift to neutral if you have a manual transmission. Let the engine run for a few more minutes before you set off.
- STEP 5: Call for help.
You’ll need to contact your roadside assistance provider, the Automobile Association of America (AAA), or a tow truck if your engine stalls again.
Don’t Want to Experience a Nightmarish Stalling Incident Again?
If you’ve experienced stalling several times already and you don’t want to be in another nightmarish situation ever again, what you need to do is simple enough: Get rid of that beater!
Better yet, make something good out of it by turning it over to us at Veteran Car Donations. We’ll use your donation to improve the living conditions of the struggling underprivileged military veterans in your local area.
Our team will have your vehicle fixed the best way we can before putting it up for auction. We’ll then use the proceeds to support the life-enhancement programs for veterans of our charity partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations cater to our former troops who are living miserable lives — those who are homeless and impoverished, those who are unable to find decent jobs, and those suffering from disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental disorders.
Our charity partners use the funding we give them to provide their beneficiaries with housing and financial assistance, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, and other benefits.
Your act of charity will allow you to dispose of an unwanted vehicle at no cost to you. We’ll provide you with our free professional towing service wherever you are in the country.
Moreover, your gift will entitle you to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.
Best of all, you’ll get to experience the priceless satisfaction of helping our nation’s heroes live the decent and satisfying life they deserve.
We accept almost all types of vehicles regardless of age or condition.
For more information about our vehicle donation program, including our quick and easy donation process, head over to our FAQs page. Call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 or send us a message here should you have any questions or concerns that you’d like us to address.
Touch the Hearts of Our Heroes Today!
Our dear veterans sacrificed much for our country. Show them your gratitude and appreciation for their service with your car donation. Your gift will surely touch their hearts. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!