Pulling onto the shoulder of the highway can be extremely dangerous. You should only stop on the shoulder if there is an emergency or safety concern and you must stop your vehicle. Although you shouldn’t ever pull onto the shoulder without a significant safety concern, sometimes it is your only option!
Tips for Staying Safe on the Shoulder
If you do need to stop on the shoulder it can be a very dangerous venture, so follow some of these tips to stay on top of safety while on the shoulder:
- When pulling onto the shoulder, do not stop on a bend, curve, or sharp turn. This makes it difficult for oncoming drivers to see your vehicle. In a similar fashion, it also makes it more difficult for you to pull back onto the road once you’re ready.
- Turn on your hazard flashers while slowing down to pull onto the shoulder so that other drivers are aware you have an issue with your vehicle. Leave them on for the entirety of your time on the shoulder to keep same-direction traffic aware of your position. Consider using Wipe New® Headlight Restore to ensure that your headlights, hazard lights, and taillights are all crystal clear so that other drivers can see them well!
- Stay in your vehicle while on the shoulder. Getting out of your vehicle can be dangerous and is highly discouraged, which includes getting out to work on your vehicle as well.
- Raise your vehicle hood to let passing authority vehicles know that help is needed. If the situation is severe, make sure to alert authorities and your roadside assistance service as soon as possible.
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