Many people try to push their vehicles to the brink when something is wrong; if they can just get it home or to the nearest automotive service shop. Depending on what’s wrong with your automobile, this can be very dangerous. It’s better to pull over and call for a tow truck under certain circumstances. J&R Automotive lists five instances below where you should definitely stop driving.
Your Engine Is Overheating
There are quick fixes to an overheating engine that work sometimes, but if the engine continues to run too hot, it’s better to shut it down than drive with the heater going full-bore. The hotter your engine gets the greater risk you run of the radiator cap exploding. Your engine could also catch on fire under the right conditions.
Your Brakes Are Overheating
Your brakes overheating are just as dangerous as the engine overheating. Brakes can overheat to the point that the brake fluid begins to boil. Once this happens, the brakes will fail. Signs your brakes are overheating include a burning-chemical smell and smoke coming from the wheels. Overuse can cause the brakes to overheat.
You Smell Something Burning
Aside from the burning-chemical smell of overheating brakes, you should pull over to safety and cut the engine anytime you smell anything burning from your automobile. For example, if you smell sulfur, it could be your catalytic converter, which will also overheat your engine. If you smell burning rubber, it could be the electrical wire casing.
You See Smoke
“Where there is smoke there is fire,” and where there is automotive smoke there is a chance of explosion. We’ve talked in the past about vehicle exhaust, and anytime you see excessive smoke coming anywhere from your automobile, it’s crucial you pull over immediately and turn off the car. Remember, fuel is flammable.
Your Vehicle Isn’t Handling Right
Finally, if your vehicle isn’t handing right, you could lose control of your car, truck, CUV, or SUV. It’s better to stop driving and call for a tow truck than to risk getting into an automobile accident. This is especially true if you cannot control the vehicle’s movement, such as losing the ability to steer your automobile.
If you end up stranded in Crossville, TN, call J&R Automotive for a tow. Our number is 931-572-5415 and we will tow your vehicle to our shop, find out what’s wrong with it, and fix it. We can fix anything, so call us today.