Handling Emergencies

Alternator light
Your car's alternator supplies power to keep the battery charged and run all the electric accessories. If there's a problem in the charging system while you're driving, the alternator light should begin to glow.
Checking the engine light
When the 'check engine' or 'service engine soon' light begins glowing while you're driving, there may not be an emergency. Often the light will come on for a short time and then go out.
I have a flat tire
The best way to keep from getting into an emergency situation when you get a flat is to make sure you have a good spare and working jack in your car. It's also a good idea to periodically inspect your tires visually for visual signs of excessive wear or damage.
Out of fuel
Running out of gas can be frustrating and sometimes even dangerous. The best way to prevent it from happening is to be prepared. Try to keep your gas tank at least half-full at all times.
If your car overheats it's most likely a problem with the cooling system. Low fluid in the radiator, a broken hose, or defective thermostat can all lead to a breakdown.
Starting problems
There can be many reasons why your car may fail to start. The most common cause of starting problems usually has to do with either the battery, the starter, or a combination of both.
The oil light
Failure of the lubrication system in your car could lead to a breakdown or a blown engine, so it's important to pay attention to any warning signs. Usually the first sign of trouble with the system is a glowing oil light or an extreme drop in pressure on the gauge.
Types of emergencies
An emergency situation could occur at any time while you're driving, so it's best to be prepared before anything happens. Good maintenance habits and preventative measures can help keep you from getting stranded.
What to do when you're locked out
One of the most annoying and frustrating emergencies is getting locked out of your car. If the car's running, or a child is trapped inside, it could become a very big problem.

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