No matter who you are, no matter what you drive, you will likely get into a situation during your life that qualifies as an emergency. Whether your car breaks down while you're driving, or you run out of gas in a remote location, or you get involved in a collision-- it's probably that something will happen that will require you to calmly assess the situation and determine what to do next.

The staff at AutoCenters Nissan wants you to be prepared in the event of any kind of automotive emergency. We've told you what you should keep in your emergency kit and what you should do if your car breaks down, but here, we'll share a few tips that will help you endure any kind of car emergency you face.

  • Above all else, try to stay calm. This is the very first thing that will help you remember all of the other things you need to do, and will go a long way to keep you safe. Take a deep breath and try to stay as calm as possible throughout your emergency.

  • Know where your window and door locks are. In certain situations, you may need to exit your vehicle as swiftly as possible. Make sure you know where the switches that unlock and open your windows and doors are located.

  • Keep a spare key handy. Whether this is on your person, hidden in the wheel well of your vehicle, or even at a nearby neighbor's house (though that won't help you if you get into an emergency away from home), a spare key can come in handy if you are locked out or lose yours.

  • Restock your emergency supplies. If you ever have to dip into your emergency kit or use your spare tire, be sure you replace what you use just in case you need to access it again.

  • Have you cell phone fully charged. The ability to call for help is crucial, and shouldn't be taken for granted. If your phone tends to lose battery, have a car charger on hand that can supply extra juice when you need it.

No matter what circumstances you encounter on the road, keeping these tips in mind will go a long way to keep you safe and out of harm's way. Try to stay calm and remember what you've read the next time you find yourself in an automotive emergency.

Love our safety tips? We've got plenty more where that came from when you stop by our St. Louis Nissan dealership. Visit AutoCenters Nissan's Wood River showroom to meet our friendly staff full of people who are always concerned about your automotive safety!

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